From Organic Olivia
- A restorative tonic designed to feed and strengthen the hair follicles
- Benefits hair, skin and nails by nourishing the blood and boosting circulation
- Supports shine, strength, and luster for healthier, stronger hair
- May improve hair growth and lessen shedding
- Formulated specifically for “blood deficiency” in Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Suitable for men and women
Note: Mane Magic now comes in double-sized bottles at a total of 4oz per bottle. One bottle will last for 5-6 weeks.
When my hair began shedding at an accelerated rate, I tried everything under the sun to find relief.
I took every “hair growth” herb in the book, did stimulating scalp massages, downed biotin like it was my job, and even bought a $600 infrared cap that proved to be nothing more than a (very expensive) safety helmet. After kicking it across the room one night, I decided to explore the one thing I was forgetting… the system of medicine that got me interested in herbs in the first place: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Because so much of what I study in school is geared towards Western concepts and North American herbs, I was looking at “hair loss” and “hair growth” from a very modern and black-and-white perspective. Traditional Chinese Medicine on the other hand looks at patterns of disharmony, which allows you to connect your main symptom(s) to a group of other symptoms related to a specific “health pattern.”
Everything clicked when I realized that hair loss is related to a pattern called blood deficiency, which often comes with other hallmark indicators such as dry hair, dry skin, brittle nails, anemia, scanty periods, mental fatigue, and feeling easily startled. Not everyone will have all symptoms associated with blood deficiency as we all present differently based on lifestyle factors and constitution.
I decided to give Chinese medicine’s “blood building” herbs a shot with the help of my chemist who created a sample formula for me. I originally wanted to see if it would improve my scanty periods, as bleeding too little is a sign of imbalance just like bleeding too much is. After my first month on the formula, I had a far more complete period… but more importantly, my hair appeared to be shedding less and less.
It has now been almost 5 months and I’m amazed at how much better my hair looks and feels. Before it was getting very dry and brittle, especially on the ends, but now it’s much softer and shinier from top to bottom. It sort of feels like I watered a plant that was crying out for nourishment. The shedding has not completely stopped, but has improved and only continues to. We will always lose a certain amount of hair each day (50-100 strands is the norm) and I feel much closer to that “normal” range than I have in a long time. The most substantial difference I’ve noticed (which you guys have pointed out as well through my daily stories on Instagram) is the growth! It is much longer, shinier, and stronger.
WHY IT WORKS:
According to TCM, the growth and development of healthy hair depends on proper functioning of the Kidney and Liver meridians. Their idea of the “Kidney” meridian is much different from the Western view of anatomy and refers to a whole system including the adrenals and reproductive system.
The Kidney “meridian” also includes the Kidney “Jing,” known as the inherited Qi we get from our parents that is akin to a bank account of money. When you’re born, all the figurative money or “Jing” you’ll ever have is in your account, which is why you must spend it wisely. Drugs, alcohol, stress, and late nights are examples of things that “cost” us extra Jing. Protecting your Kidney Jing protects your vitality, hair, teeth, bones, and longevity.
Their view of the “Liver” differs too, as it encompasses everything from the smooth flow and detoxification of hormones to “storing” blood for menstruation. It all comes full circle as the Liver meridian governs hair health and is supported energetically by Kidney Jing, which influences the growth of all body cells, including the hair.
Most importantly, blood from the Liver meridian nourishes the hair follicle and the hair itself is seen as an extension of blood. The most common causes of declining hair health, premature greying and hair loss in TCM are related to deficient and/or stagnant “Liver Blood” (that Blood Deficiency I mentioned) and Kidney Deficiency. This blend contains both “blood building” herbs and Liver/Kidney meridian strengthening herbs to create a balanced formula that tackles this pattern from all angles.
The primary herb we chose, Fo-Ti Root (also known as “He Shou Wu”) is a classic herb for blood building, invigorating hair growth, and supporting one’s natural hair color. In TCM, this herb is used to tonify the Liver and Kidney meridians, nourish the “Liver Blood” and protect Kidney Jing to support hair follicle strength and development. Other herbs used include White Peony, Dong Quai, Ligusticum and Rehmannia which promote the quality and circulation of blood. Dong Quai specifically invigorates blood flow, harmonizes the relationship between the Liver and Kidneys, and modulates hormones which may help with shedding related to hormone imbalance. There is also evidence that it may improve the absorption and storage of iron, which is important in cases of poor hair health due to iron deficiency or thyroid issues.
Overall, this formula targets the underlying pathological processes and patterns that cause hair follicles to be undernourished. Because everyone is different, results may vary from a reduction in hair fall to overall shinier, healthier hair. TCM believes that if it took you 6 months to get where you are, it will take at least that to get where you want to be as the body retraces and rebuilds. For this reason, Mane Magic is most effective if taken for two or more months.
This formula is suitable for both men and women. Women should discontinue use during their menstrual periods as this formula truly “moves the blood.” When you finish bleeding, you can start right back up again. Not to be used while pregnant or nursing.
HOW TO USE: Take 60 drops (approx. 2 full droppers) 2 times per day in water or juice. Take on an empty stomach (away from food by at least 20 minutes) for highest absorption.