Student Success Story: From Lackluster and Weak to Strong and Shiny!
What hair problems did you struggle with before you joined the 14 Day Haircare Challenge?
It is my fifth year in college and that sort of long-term stress really takes a toll on students’ health and hair! Additionally, many students suffer from anxiety and depression, which can cause further harm.
My hair was shedding in clumps, lackluster and weak and my scalp was struggling with itchy excess oil production and dandruff. My hair was really long, ending at my waist, and the combination of stress, anxiety, and depression destroyed it all.
As much as I wanted to keep the length, I had to cut some of it off because the downward spiral was REALLY showing. I felt a part of myself was taken from me and all that effort I put into trying to save my hair ended in vain. I tried to hide by wearing ponytails, braids, buns, or hats.
I was devastated that I was looking and feeling this way. I am stuck in the chaos of college that cannot be escaped until graduation. All a student can really do is sit tight and persevere until the end. I was on the brink of giving up on my hair.
What made you decide to join? Do you remember the particular moment when you made the decision to do this for yourself?
I felt I was at the lowest of the low and I thought there was no hope for me. Then, one day, I came across an Instagram ad promoting The 14 Day Haircare Challenge .
At first, I thought it was a scam. What tips and habits could they possibly teach me that I haven’t tried already? I then found that the reviews were overwhelmingly positive and all of the reviews addressed my same concerns and put them to rest.
Sarah seemed like a kind and passionate woman who really wanted to help people who were also struggling. In the ad, Sarah shared that she thought she tried everything for her hair and felt lost.
I deeply resonated with her feelings of despair. Seeing her progress photos convinced me that she knew something I didn’t. I then thought to myself, what have I got to lose at this point? So, I took the dive.
What results have you seen since implementing the learnings?
To this day, I am astonished by how much I learned and benefited from the program. I changed my lifestyle habits to better cope with my circumstances of being a college student. My hair went from lackluster and weak to shiny and strong! My scalp does not itch anymore, it’s not overproducing oil, and the dandruff is gone!
My hair strands feel thicker and my hair is growing faster than before. I am excited to get classic-length hair someday! I feel rejuvenated and confident. I am not ashamed of my hair anymore and I feel no need to hide it. I can really see the payoff of participating in The 14 Day Haircare Challenge . My scalp is calm and my hair is happy!
What areas of the 14 Day Haircare Challenge made the biggest difference for you? How did it feel having a community to be part of?
Introducing sulfates and silicones was a game-changer for me. I was convinced that sulfates and silicones were bad and I avoided them like the plague, but I was dead wrong about them! The sulfate shampoo is great for stripping build-up and helping me start fresh each month and the silicone conditioner creates a barrier to protect my hair.
It is also great for my long hair because the ends need extra protection. The homemade shampoo is wonderful for calming my scalp and encouraging hair growth. It is really gentle and doesn’t strip off too much.
Knowing the ingredients that go into the shampoo is reassuring because many products we buy contain ingredients that we know nothing about. It’s kind of scary! I also really enjoyed the meditation challenge.
Meditation has been a life-changer because my mind runs a million miles per second, and it gives my mind a chance to quiet down and rest. I am thankful that I had the community with me along my journey. I loved reading other people’s stories and seeing their progress.
We worked together to recommend products and also expose brands with Blacklisted ingredients. The group effort was really efficient and benefited all of us. The sulfate shampoo and silicone conditioner I chose for my hair came from the community! I cannot imagine where I would be without them.
What is the next goal/milestone you would like to reach with your hair?
Now that I have most of my hair and lifestyle habits down pat, it is my goal to be consistent with my routine. I must keep making homemade shampoo every week, I need to meditate daily, and it is crucial that I make healthy eating choices. I really want my hair length back and I want to take it a step further and reach classic length! Thanks to The 14 Day Haircare Challenge , I feel confident that I will reach these goals. I am excited to see where this hair journey takes me!
It’s been such an amazing turnaround for Macey in just 14 days! She has seen such great improvements in her hair and overall health issues and can now confidently rock those long strands that make her feel like herself! We’re so excited for her and can’t wait to see how her hair and health continue to progress throughout her haircare journey!