Product: Hair Fuel
Price: $52.99/month for 3-month subscription
Where to Buy: The Hair Fuel
This part is messy. If you thinking you’re going to glam out with a fab mask in the evening, you must shift your expectations. The package comes with a powder packet, an oil packet, an applicator bottle, and a shower cap. I filled the applicator bottle one-third of the way with warm water and poured the powder into the bottle. Do this part in the sink, because a lot of my product spilled. It’s a messy process! I wished it came with a little cardboard funnel of some sort to get all the product in properly.
The mixture was hard to mix thoroughly, despite shaking it a while, and some application came out powdery and gloopy. After applying to the scalp, I put the cap on and set the timer for 45 minutes. After use, rinse well and be careful not to get any product on your face or in your eyes. Rinse extremely well, especially from your face. Shampoo and condition as usual. Repeat the process weekly.
Hair Fuel Review:
I have a very challenging history with my hair. It goes back to damaging it with bleach in my teens, shaving it all off by the time I was 19, and landing some modeling contracts which all relied on my beautifully shaved head. My hair journey stopped in my early 20s as I waded through jobs with a cute pixie cut before realizing I wanted my long hair again.
Unfortunately, my fickleness led me back to bleach. Though I’m rid of it now, the damaging after-effects linger. Luckily, my new hair growth looks healthy and glossy, making me wonder why I ever settled for the platinum blonde lackluster locks.
While I eat healthily, relying on nutrition to drive my hair growth and skin glow, it’s still not enough. I’m in my early 30s and hair is still not my strong suit. You can’t win it all- I was lucky enough to have nice skin, and the world likes balance, so I’m dealing with my ultra-thin limp locks like a champ. When I heard of Hair Fuel’s ability to boost length through topical application of a hair mask, I was pretty sold. I’m not into taking pills and eating daily vitamins, so I prefer the topical route.
The Hair Fuel Experience
Your journey starts before you receive your Hair Fuel mask subscription. You get an email from the adorable Hair Fuel team notifying you of what to expect and giving you the option to add a Google calendar reminder for a mask and self-care session every Monday night. That allows you to get in the mind frame to carve out some time for yourself every week to use the mask. Both clever by the company, to ensure the product works well and you see results, and helpful for those of us who are always too busy to find the time in our schedules to care for ourselves.
After mixing the mixture, I applied it all over my scalp and massaged it in. Once the shower cap was on, I sat back to continue working. I didn’t expect the burning sensation, so when my scalp started burning, I had to look up whether this was normal. Apparently it is.
That first session was the most uncomfortable in terms of burn and tingling. Subsequent sessions seemed more tolerable. Besides the burning, the smell is very strong, though it’s mostly reminiscent of peppermint and some peppery spice.
A word of warning: BE CAREFUL when rinsing the mask off in the shower. Do not open your eyes until the mask is thoroughly rinsed and you wash your face. The remnants of the mask will cause your eyes and face to burn, so aim to rinse without getting any run-off on the face.
The smell was very familiar for me, and I realized it’s the first ingredient on the dry ingredients list is Brassica Hirta Seed Extract, which is a mustard seed. I used to get a hearty application of this yellow extract on my chest by my grandmother when I was sick in Ukraine to promote phlegm extraction and relieve congestion. It made my chest tingly and red, a la mask.
The company advises to do the treatment weekly for at least three months. I tried it for a month, so I’m approaching this from the perspective of hair health, not just growth. One thing I noticed is my scalp doesn’t get as oily in between washes, which allows me to reduce shampoo use. That’s a win in my book for hair health.
As far as hair loss, I didn’t notice a dramatic difference. I typically get hair float off me in clumps as I condition after shampooing, and my hair continues to clump off in the shower, unfortunately. I see a bit less shedding when I comb or brush through, but nothing groundbreaking. My hair is fairly sparse, to begin with, and there’s no messing with nature, it seems like. It remains fairly thin.
Hair growth? My hair grew an inch in the month I’ve been using the product. I don’t have a baseline to measure against, although when I stop the product use I should be able to get a baseline measurement to update this article. I started at 9.15 inches and ended at 10.1 inches. According to the U.S Center for Disease Control, hair grows at an average of 0.50 inches per month. So that’s a significant growth boost all things considered! That’s nearly double the growth average.
Would I purchase it again? Absolutely. The ingredients are all-natural, have proven benefits and stimulate the scalp.
Ingredients: [dry mix] Brassica Hirta Seed Extract, Brassica Juncea Seed Extract, Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Powder, Caffeine, Sucrose, Oryza Sativa Powder [oil mix] Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita Leaf Oil
- The formula is vegan and cruelty-free!
- The mustard seed acts as a stimulant, promoting hair growth. It’s also a rich source of Vitamin A.
- The cayenne pepper extract stimulates skin blood circulation to the area, which not only causes the tingling but helps with hair growth.
- Castor oil is mixed with other carrier oils in the oil mix.
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- Ease of Use4
Seems to stimulate hair growth
Difficult to mix and apply