Shenmin – A great product for restoring natural hair colour

A few years ago, I came across a super product in a local chemist shop. It is called Shenmin but its main ingredient is also known as He Shou Wu or simply Shou wu, an Asian complimentary remedy. Anyway, the leaflet in the chemist gave information about the product’s amazing hair growing properties, however it cost about £15-£20 for the bottle and I had to think about it. After reading the leaflet a few more times I thought I would give it a go and bought a few bottles. (You can see the old Shen min leaflet below, I think I have had it for over 12 years now.)
Restoring your natural hair colour

Well, in order to see the amazing hair growth, you would have to use this product for a good while, but after a few weeks I couldn’t believe it when the roots of my natural hair colour started growing out. I had dyed my hair jet black, so the natural colour, which is dark brown was very obvious at the roots (I have an old picture I took in 2004/2005 with the roots showing and it is quite obvious). I had bought the product for the amazing hair growth properties not to restore the natural colour. This product restores your natural hair colour and apparently in Asia it is used to restore the natural hair colour for hair that has turned grey, and apparently the herbs used in Shen min are good for reversing grey hair.

Help for a receding hairline

I met a woman about three years ago who had a badly receding hair line and the traction alopecia (hair loss) was quite bad due to various hairstyles she had been wearing over the years. We talked at length and I told her about Shenmin, the hair product I had tried with the main ingredient being He Shou wu or Shou wu. We went to a Chinese herbal/alternative remedies shop and bought some Shou wu. Of course, I stressed the importance of drinking a lot of water while taking this herbal remedy. I hadn’t seen the woman for about 6 months and she had been wearing a wig for some time and the next time I saw her she had her hair in a little ponytail loosely swept back, but her hairline was growing back quite nicely and she was smiling and happy and she had not worn her wig for a while, something she had not done in years.

Well, this product is excellent for restoring gray hair to its natural colour, and it is excellent for alopecia. Of course results may vary from person to person, but this is what we observed.

Final note: It’s always a good idea to do your own research and reading regarding natural remedies etc and also seek the advice of a medical professional, particularly if you already suffering from any health problems.

Update 8 March 2009
I was reading an article in a newspaper recently about the causes of greying hair and some new research which has come to light, I found it quite interesting. Another thing that I also found quite interesting is the fact that there are products already on the market to reverse greying hair such as the Shenmin above.

Steaming the hair, a great way to add moisture to dry hair

Steaming the hair is a way of incorporating moisture into the hair using a hair steamer. It is a deep conditioning treatment that stops hair breakage.
 You shampoo your hair as usual and then add your conditioner……a cholesterol/mayonnaise type conditioner is usually good for this, you can also use oil for an oil steam.
 You put on a plastic cap and sit under the steamer for 15-30 minutes or more if your hair is very dry. It’s usually good to sit under it for about 1/2 an hour.
 Steaming makes your hair soft and as it adds moisture into your hair strands and it stops breakage. If you are going to put some braids into your hair or have cornrows done for example, steaming the hair first will ensure that you have less breakage.
You can also do hot oil steams with olive oil or Jojoba oil – this makes the hair very shiny. The heat opens the cuticles so the oil gets into the hair shaft. If you go to the sauna, you can add your oils or conditioners to your hair when you are there as your hair will receive the same benefits as using a hair steamer.
Another alternative to a hair steamer is the aphrodite conditioning cap or using hot towels.
 Steaming is better than dry heat using a hooded dryer because it adds moisture to your hair……if you ever try the two you will see what I mean.
A hair steamer uses distilled water, which goes into the tank at the back and the water used is collected in a bottle at the front. Distilled water is used to protect the inside of the machine from furring up with calcium deposits which can ruin it, this helps to prolong the life of the steamer and keep it functioning effectively as distilled water does not contain any impurities or minerals such as calcium, chlorides, potassium or sulphates which are present in tap and mineral water.
What hair types can a hair steamer be used for?

A hair steamer can be used on any hair type that needs additional moisture, hair that is falling out due to dryness or hair that is dry or crunchy feeling. It is also great for hair that is falling or breaking due to chemical abuse. It may take a few treatments to see results, especially if the hair is excessively dry.

Alternatives to a hair steamer
If you do not have access to a sauna or a hair steamer, you can apply your hair conditioner as usual and wrap hot towels around your head which should first be covered with either cling film or a plastic cap.
You can also use an upright standing hair dryer and you must cover the hair with cling film or a plastic cap to stop the heat from burning your scalp and to keep the moisture in.