Merkaba Update: Will I Buy It Again?

MERKABA - Metabolic BoosterLast month, I wrote about my Merkaba growth challenge using the green mixture of matcha, cayenne, and ginger. All of these supplements are excellent for hair, so even though the powder is not marketed for hair, I thought it would be beneficial. After using it for the past month I have a few thoughts:

  • I love the taste of this powder! It’s definitely an acquired taste though as it does not contain sweetener and is spicy due to the cayenne. It’s a little more gulp-worthy if I add some erythritol, but I like it plain as well.
  • It gives a slight energy boost, which is why I drinking it mainly in the morning. I’d drink it before going to the gym at 6am and wouldn’t feel like a total zombie.

Now, for my hair…

  • I did feel like my hair got longer and thicker (I can tell by how big my hair is and where it falls on my body in the shower). However, I also started drinking aloe vera juice this past month – I didn’t do it for hair, but it could have had something to do with it. Overall, I think the product is great not only for hair (I don’t believe in miracle workers, though), but for overall health.

However…

  • It is kind of expensive. At $42 and $6.99 shipping, it’s not exactly a cheap supplement for 30 servings. But at the same time, each serving is $1.63, which is still much less than what an energy drink from Vitamin Shoppe will run you. This drink won’t give you nearly as much energy as say, a Bang, though. If you’re into a higher caffeine dosage, you may still need to drink that as well. Caffeine isn’t really good for you though, so maybe for me that was the best.
  • I think that the ginger was the least impactful ingredient in the supplement, so I might purchase cayenne-garlic (garlic is also good for hair and to decrease shedding) pills and matcha separately, which would decrease the total cost. I could also try to find a green powder that matches it, but I think it would be hard to find one with cayenne due to the taste.

If I could buy Merkaba locally, I would definitely buy it again without a doubt, but I really like to be able to get protein powder and vitamins on a whim. I could also buy ginger alone, but I think getting all three alone would end up costing more than a box itself, so meh. Most likely, I’ll play around with some other combinations and buy another box if I think it’s the best product. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted!

 

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Merkaba Natural Hair Grow-Out Challenge

When the weather gets warmer, I feel like it’s always the perfect time for me to do a grow out challenge – I don’t like to protective style proactively and the winter is so dry and cold that I don’t really concentrate on wearing my hair out (it’s in a bun most of the time). Then, the other day I visited the BMvmnt Studio in New York (Buti’s new studio) and FINALLY got some Golden Ratio Merkaba, as I hadn’t felt like ordering it.

MERKABA - Metabolic Booster

What’s Merkaba?

Merkaba is an organic blend of matcha green tea, ginger, and cayenne pepper, and is marketed as an energy and metabolic booster. It is also said to help increase mental clarity and focus. Honestly, it pretty much tastes like spicy dirt but it doesn’t bother me.

But while I’m taking this supplement for health, I started thinking about the ingredients and how they are related to hair. Matcha, ginger, and cayenne are all said to increase hair growth when applied topically or internally, and this formula is loaded with all three. I also personally prefer to nourish my hair from the inside out, especially when we’re talking about pastes or things that can cause irritation to the skin (Have you ever gotten cayenne in your eye? I have, and it’s not pretty.)

MERKABA - Metabolic Booster

Each box comes with 30 servings, so I am incorporating Merkaba into my routine each morning and drink a packet once a day. After 30 days (or around 20 because of shipping), I will assess whether I want to keep taking it for health and gauge an effectiveness regarding hair growth. At $42 a box, it’s not exactly cheap.

I was going to break out my old length check tank top to measure growth, but surprise (!), my hair is already past the last line. For reference, this is the one I have.

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I don’t think I’m going to get another one because measuring length in inches and being so obsessed with growth isn’t really my thing anymore. I moreso want to eyeball length and thickness. I also take Futurebiotics Hair, Skin, and Nails vitamin and the Camille Rose Green supplement, but I’ve taken them for months and should be able to see if the Merkaba is making a difference.

I’ll be providing updates on my social media, so if you’re interested, be sure to follow me on Twitter @ellevate108 and join my beauty group on Facebook, Beauty in Glitterland. This should be fun – and spicy!

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More Information on Scab Hair!

A few weeks ago, I posted a QOTD on scab hair, and needless to say, the reactions were a bit varied. Some people believed it exists but not for everyone who claims it, and some just flat out rebuked the notion. I personally stand by my belief in scab hair, although I readily admit that I do not think that everyone who claims to have scab hair truly has it.

Yesterday, Diane Da Costa of Carol’s Daughter’s Transitioning Movement site explained the phenomenon in expanded detail. In short, she explains that “scab hair” is “hair that contains relaxer residue” and can take anywhere from 7 months up to two years to grow out and for your true texture to grow in without any residue of the relaxer left on the new true texture.

Now, I’m not exactly sure about the two years part, but the relaxer residue on your scalp/hair does not seem to be unrealistic.

Check out the rest of the article on Transitioning Movement. What do you guys think? Are you a believer? Sound off in the comments!

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