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I Use Monistat 7 to Grow My Hair – So What?

The use of Monistat 7, the anti-fungal vaginal cream, to grow hair faster has been a taboo topic in the natural hair community for months! Many of you that read our article, had lots of negative things to say about using it.

I had the pleasure of interviewing a very brave soul that admits to using Monistat 7 on her natural hair for two months and she loved every minute of it. Many women that have heard about this phenomenon are skeptical about the results of using Monistat 7, there are a bunch of women openly using Monistat 7 on their hair, and there are many among us secretly using Monistat 7 to grow their hair but would never dare come out and say it.

To each their own, it’s your hair.

Kamilah, a loving mother of 2 boys, currently residing in Philadelphia, PA has made it no secret that she used Monistat 7 daily for 2 months.

Kamilah states, “I started using Monistat 7 in April of this year and used it faithfully for about 2 months”.  She explains that she found out about using a anti-fungal vaginal cream for hair growth from bloggers. “I was very skeptical about using this in the beginning, when I first heard about using Monistat 7 there were only white people using it. Even on YouTube (YT) there were only white women making videos about it. I noticed that their hair looked greasy but the results were very noticeable. One day I stumbled upon a black woman on YT that had been using it for 3-4 months.  Her hair was relaxed and was having problems with her ends and was using the Monistat 7 to grow her hair faster so she cut trim her ends. I also found a video of a black man on YT that was using it to treat his receding hair line and his hair had grown back in.  When I saw that a man could get over the stigma, I knew that I could do it.”

 

Kamilah's Hair Before using Monistat 7

Kamilah’s Hair Before using Monistat 7

With so many alternatives to stimulate hair growth, why would Kamilah feel the need to use Monistat 7? When asked she explained, “Before I big chopped in January of this year, 2012, I had long hair past my shoulders.  I transitioned for 4 months then cut off my hair, but being that I’m used to having long hair, I really wanted my hair to grow back. I use Biotin regularly, I give my self oil scalp massages, I take multivitamins daily, I have a healthy hair regimen, I drink lot’s of water, and I eat very healthy. I hoped that the Monistat 7 would give my hair a boost.”

With all of the great treatment that Kamilah gave to her hair already, where would the use of Monistat 7 come into play? “I used the Monistat 7 daily for 2 months. Over the course of the 2 months I mixed the Monistat 7 with with lavender jbco, coconut jbco, then extra dark jbco and rub it on my scalp like hair grease.” To prepare her hair for the application Kamilah would spritz her hair with water, part her hair with a comb, and then apply the Monistat 7 mix to her head. “I would cover my hair with a plastic cap and then go to bed. In the morning I would spritz my hair with water moisturize with Curls Creme Brule, Shea Moisture Oil Elixer, and the Taliah Waajid Curl Cream.”

Kamilah's Hair After using Monistat 7

Kamilah’s Hair After using Monistat 7

Kamilah has spoken openly on blogs, this one included, and on FaceBook about her use of Monistat 7, I can imagine the remarks that other women have made. “Most people are negative and they will say things like “Ewww coochy cream, thats gross, but outside of that no one has said anything to deter me.”

In our recent article on Monistat 7 we reported that many women had unusual side effects including a feeling that the scalp was moving, headaches and shedding. Kamilah reports that she had a bit more shedding but no other negative reactions. “The main thing that happened was my hair felt really greasy. To keep my hair clean I co-washed my hair about 3x a week and I washed with shampoo 1x a week.”

Kamilah isn’t ashamed or embarrased about using the Monistat 7, “People need to get over the stigma! The active ingredient is miconazole nitrate, which is used to treat thrush in babies mouths and when used in hair can increase growth. My hair did grow during the two months that I used it, but it takes a lot of time to use a product every night.”

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Ayanna52

     I read comments from the naysayers before trying this method. I started last week after being frustrated with a bald spot on the crown of my head. I’m locked so when I began losing hair it was a couple of locks at a time. Not being able to treat with a dermatologist at this time and refusing to be bald, I looked for methods to self treat. (I lost insurance coverage when I was laid off). I was almost sure the hair loss was caused by medication I was on from a focus group due to the timing. But I also had itching in that spot. I think the Monistat is working as I’m seeing some growth (fuzz–that spot was slick) where I had a huge bald spot before. Now if I could get Monistat to provide the product for free…I’m going to stick this out to see how far I get.  I finally remembered to take a pic to track my progress.

    • Guyanesesista

      It’s great you’re seeing progress. Extreme laziness and brokeness are the reasons I don’t use it anymore. I used it on a few separate occasions and got results but never stuck to it for more than 2 weeks at a time.

      • Bea

        You only can use it for 2 months at a time. If used longer, your body can possibly build up a defense against the ingredients in the cream, making it hard to treat a yeast infection, if one is to arise.

        Bea

        • guyanesesista

          Hmmmm didn’t know this. Will keep it in mind. Thanks.

    • chilid856

      I’m glad that you’re seeing progress. But if your hair is coming out like that it could be an underlying illness. I had the same problem in 2004 and they though it was wring worm due to me being a custodian in a school  It took 2yrs and 3 doctors before it was discovered that I have Lupus. I’m not saying that is what you have. But hair falling out in patches may be a sign of a underlying issue. I may try this on the spots where my illness took out my hair. 

    • http://twitter.com/ChicNaturally NaturallyChic

      This makes sense to me! Your bald spot could be caused by fungus or bacteria which the Monistat would treat

    • queenbee9

      Hair goes through a cycle (Anagen phase, Catagen phase, and Telogen phase) the negatives about Locs is due to the hair locking, when the hair reaches the telogen of shedding phase then hair loss is more noticeable but it is natural. Once the locs fall off, new hair usually grows back in–but if you want to attribute your natural growth cycle to any cream–you go right ahead. People believe whatever they want to believe.

      • Suga

        Are you a doctor? Reading your posts one would think. What do you do for a living? I’m guessing read and respond to blogs. Would have been more logical to see queenbee9MD instead of just queenbee9

        • queenbee9

          I am a scientist ( microbiologist Bachelors –1983) and worked for several large Pharmaceutical companies–I am also a retired cosmetologist . I am not a doctor and would never want to be one unless I went back to school to get my PhD which I don’t want either. I do a lot more than respond to blogs but yes–that is one of the things I do–and I enjoy it most of the time.

  • irismarie

    i have never heard of this in my life, but i sure will try it. keep you all posted!

  • valeriesmith15

    Very interesting articles, lots of discoveries come from people using cream for other things. If Monistat works for you and do whatever works for you and don’t listen to people.  I use Mega Tek and it is my stable now.  

    • queenbee9

      The problem with using things in ways they were not meant to is the long term effects are not known. There may be no long term effects but what a shame if then net result of using any product in a novel way meant you had cancer or some other problem later on because of that use.

      Does ANYONE really think if there was a magic bullet in monstat 7 that the makers of it would not capitalize on that market and make ointments just for the top of our heads?

  • candycoatedcashmere

    I don’t understand why people would find this gross. Now if you were using “used” Monistat I would be grossed out. I haven’t tried but maybe one day in the future I will.

  • Napturalite

    I don’t understand why people are freaking out about this… If it’s safe enough for my lady parts, and a baby’s mouth, it’s safe enough for my scalp.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Scentsational.Scentsy Isabella Bashir

      Amen!

      • JustPeachy

        Agreed! lol

    • Charisse824

      LoL So true

  • Share Harmony

    right now i have braids but i am really going to try the moni 7 cream.

  • Curl_Please

    I think I may try this! My dermatologist told me my sebborrhea dermatitis was caused by the reaction of my scalp to its own sweat. Basically she said something similar to a fungal yeast infection occurs on my scalp. Since I’ve gotten my scalp under control using other methods ( more on that to come) my hair has really grown!

    • Ciri

      I have the same condition, what are your methods…if you don’t mind sharing.

    • MissyB

      I have the same condition….what methods are you using to get your scalp under control? so far I have seen no improvement in mine and it’s killing me!! HELP!!!

  • HappilyNaturalLit26 on YouTube

    Got my hair to grow one inch in 10 days by just water moisturizing and that’s it…If you really want hair growth just leave the hair alone…wear wigs if you have to…I water my hair daily…like grass…you see how fast grass grows…

    HappilyNaturalLit26 on YouTube

    • NewlyNatural728

      Interesting, I would like to know more about the water moisturizing technique that you are using.

  • http://twitter.com/SparkleKimberly Kimberly Sparkle

    I have a mixture of Monistat, Coconut Oil and JBCO… I use the mixture 2 to 3 times per week……I dont know if it is doing anything my hair is growing but it could just be my biological hair growth cycle or it could be my concoction…. but hey its moisturized

  • http://what-the-kink.blogspot.com/ Kayla V.

    Monistat is anti fungal. It is not uncommon for people to have fungal issues on their scalp. Throw an anti fungal cream on a fungal scalp…boom.

  • Bobby

    Why did she cut her hair off??? She could have transition if she wanted length….you dont have to BC to go natural!

  • Kellye Walker

    I may try this! But why does it cause your head to shed more? I have in a long term protective style right now, so when I take it out I may freak from all the shed hair if I decide to do this!

    • Naynay

      from what i saw on youtube miconazole nitrate is what keeps your hair from shedding…….once you stop using it you hair will start shedding A LOT

    • michelle braxton

      Your hair shed anyway but when useing the M7 the ingredient in it that makes the hair grow faster then normal your hair goes through 3 stages the resting stage the shedding stage and growth stage the M7 put your hair in the growth stage and when you stop using it your hair goes through the shedding stage you keep your length but when you stop using your hair go back to normal hope this helps.

  • http://www.chicfromhair2toe.com/ NERLINE GERMAIN

    I commend her for putting her face out there. Good job girl!

  • Janele

    I have been using M7 for 3 weeks and my hair has already grown a little over an inch (my hair naturally grows 1/2 in a month). I bought the generic kind from Wal-Mart and Family Dollar for less than $6. One tube would have lasted the whole month if my (balding)husband would not have started using it after seeing peach fuzz growing around my hairline after 9 days (lol)

    • http://www.chicfromhair2toe.com/ NERLINE GERMAIN

      I recommended it to one of my friends after seeing reviews on youtube. I will check in with her to see how she is doing.

  • queenbee9

    One of my college specializations was in medical mycology. I seriously doubt that Monostat 7 which is an antifungal cream, has any relationship to hair growth. What DOES have a relationship is the constant attention and care given to the hair, period. Stimulations through scalp massages, conditioning, etc may have more to do with results than using a vaginal cream. The reason is if you realize the chemical monograph for miconazole nitrate works to create a more acidic environment in order to make the vagina less hospitable to mycotic infections (yeast, ie candida albicans) then it stands to reason that such an application would make the hair more acidic but also would deposit amounts of antifungicide into the hair. Fungus thrives in dark, wet environments like our genital areas or in between toes. Only a few fungi thrive on the scalp such as Tinea capitas. Fungi that specialize in certain body areas normally have a preference for that area and do not readily infect other areas without a concentrated effort.
    The point? Other than assisting with making hair more acidic, there is NOTHING in miconozale nitrate (monstat 7 is the brand name) that would accelerate growth–if there were some company would already use it in their product and make tons of money selling it to women who want longer hair.
    CARE , REST and moisture will grow most people’s hair–the other ingredients are wishful magic bullets –and people come up with doozies. My mom had a friend who swore by using baby urine to wash her face, believing it made her skin more youthful and soft–every time a friend had a baby,, this woman was asking for their urined diapers to wipe her face with them. To each his own–it is not about what a product can do for you but what it was meant to do and common sense. If desperation leads people to use vaginal creams on their heads then when or if they have any growth they think it is from the cream–but consider: does your pubic hair grow more from using creams for yeast infections? NO? then why think it is making your hair grow?

    • Qwerty

      Pubic hair doesn’t grow when using creams because you don’t put them directly on your pubic hairs, you put it on the opening of the vagina. The creams have very little bearing on your pubic hair because there is not much contact but I understand your skepticism.

    • Zipporah BelongstoGod Moss

      I agree with you. With anything we use consistency is the key.

    • casjwk

      I’ve heard that by removing the layer of fungus we have on our scalp, allows for the hair follicles to breath and grow at a faster rate.

      • queenbee9

        Most people never get fungus on their scalp for this reason:

        The head does not possess the optimal environment for fungi. The Fungi normally found on the head would be Tinea capitis, T. Rubrum, or another dermatophyte that does not mind air and drier conditions.

        Monistat 7 is made to treat a totally different fungi called candida albicans. Candida albicans is a yeast infection–it smells yeasty, itches produces a discharge and ordinarily requires the following in order to grow anywhere:

        1. Heat–body temp is enough but 1 degree warmer is optimal
        2. darkness–candida albicans growth is minimize or stymied by sunlight or uv light
        3. moist environment–candida requires a continual wet environment to grow which is why it is often found in mucosal linings such as between the lips and inside the vagina and inside the vagina
        4. A highly acidic environment
        5. no air ventilation
        6.It must be introduced to the area usually by contact with spores

        Of the 6 listed requirements the only one that comes close is the acidic environment since hair’s normal pH is 4.5-5.5. Candida actually prefers an even more acidic environment of about 3.5-4.0 but might live in slightly higher environment.

        Most people who think they have a fungus on their scalp have sebborheic dermatitis or greasy dandruff. Candida does not look like dandruff it looks like cream cheese and is wet –and it smells like wet glue (elmers) or something fermenting

        The only way it could live on most scalps is to be on the head of someone who has weave, dreads or braids and keeps their head covered (so it is dark) and who keeps their head wet with vinegar or another acidic spray and does not take the hat off–even then, it would have to be introduced –probably via having their head someplace where candida dwells.

        the place on humans Candida naturally can exist is the mouth and vagina because both are hot places, closed off dark and wet and normally acidic if someone has candida in their mouth they are probably diabetic.

        Candida can go all through your body and if it does it is called a systemic infection–those who get systemic infections often are immuno compromised (very sick like diabetics and AIDS patients) It is hard to cure systemic candida and often kills the patient before it all can be killed. It is VERY VERY difficult for a healthy person to get Candida albicans in any place other than their genitals–because the environment is not right for it to grow.

        The one type of fungi most often infecting the scalp is called ring worm and is related to Tinea Capitis and T rubrum–these are not treated with the same formulations as candida–they are totally different pathogens.

        For most fungi on the head, often requires an rX and it would not be for minconazole. Otherwise people can use tea tree oil.

    • MagPie

      It works queenbee9! Its a lot of things that are unconventional that can be used to grow hair. We learn something new everyday about our haircare. Just because science doesn’t say so doesn’t make it so.

      • queenbee9

        Ok… I can’t say because I have never tried it and I have to apologize for knocking something good or potentially good when I have not even bothered to test it

  • queenbee9

    You would think that if a person really wanted longer hair and the Monostat 7 really grew hair that they would find the time to continually use it and not for just 2 months. Women who long for longer hair will go through almost anything to have it–to suggest she wanted longer hair but only used it 2 months then quit because it was a lot of work either kills the credibility for her hair length desires or the cream’s effectiveness. If it really worked, why would she not take the time to use it and continue the growth of her hair? Hmmmmm.

    • Juci Shockwave

      It does take time to apply this onto ones head. You don’t know her well enough to understand that time is very precious… possibly more important to her than growing her hair out. >_> Stop assuming everyone has the same type of occupation or life style as you do. She may have too much on her plate as it is. You also may not know that she may have difficulties in her life that can prevent her or hinder her to continue on this method. Also Monistat isn’t cheap. It can be too expensive for her to use as well. Again, don’t judge her unless you know her 100%. Gesh… such high exceptions you online adult-children have over others.

      • queenbee9

        What an interesting response. “You don’t know her that well” Correction: I don’t know her at all and that is irrelevant to her claim of Monistat 7 working to grow hair. This site is informational not social. Simply put, her contention is NOT backed up by her actions and her results may be attributable to many things such as more concentrated and better hair care in general. Her family situation, the alignment of the stars or any other variable that has nothing to do with miconazole and hair follicles is a moot point. The fact is when a person makes a claim, they should be prepared to deliver evidence to defend it–that evidence should be more than anecdotal.

        If the claim is not provable or well defended, there will be detractors and those who are skeptical have just as much right to their position as those who choose to believe. I stand by my observation–given the lengths she was willing to go to in order to grow her hair, it is a bit disingenuous to stop the use of the great product IF it ever was really that great.

        If a person wishes to claim something “works” and is willing to risk using a medicinal cream for their vagina on their heads to supposedly achieve growth then quits when it is too much work ; that person is either in denial about the effectiveness or their desire is not as sincere as their misuse of a medicine, the two are diametrically opposed.

        I never claimed to know this person and could not care less what her true vocation is or what she has on any plates–but when promoting an OTC drug (and yes that is what monostat 7 is) as a hair growth tonic the “proof” is in the usage and results–if she fell short on the usage then she sabotaged her own results. End of story .—as for comments about adult children–we’ll just chalk that up to your personal soliloquy and let that go. LOL

        FYI: there is no more a potent pursuer of dreams than those in denial and no greater a defender of denial than a fellow dreamer. Dream on.

  • Michelle Parmenter

    Hey y’all, I’m also just starting monistat! Check out my blog for updates and pictures! giveemhellgirl. blogspot. com. This isn’t spam, I just noticed no one is really updating about it. I’m using a length check shirt I made to measure growth! Lets watch my hair grow!

  • Juci Shockwave

    I’m such a huge fan to the “Monistat treatment for hair growth” movement. :D It really does the trick. When I do the chop to strengthen my hair and regrow new roots, I use Monistat 7 to regrow the length of my hair fast! In 3 months I regain the inches I had chopped off, which would be 2 – 3 inches, plus extra 4-5 inches more. I normally grow about 1.5 to 2 inches of hair on my own, but with me being so impatience I use Monistat 7 to speed up my own naturally fast growing hair. :D I’m back on the stuff to get my passed the shoulders length hair again; after a terrible accident with a bleach kit. :/ Great thing is I know I’ll get my hair back again by the end of this year… I just need to avoid stress and get plenty of sleep {recently having trouble with sleep due to overworking on class assignments for Medical Coding major}. Stress plays a huge favor on hindering my hair growth but Monistat seem to balance it out and help the hair to grow faster. It really goes the trick. Who knew… huh? XD

  • singrm

    I guess i dont understand why the issue has become for some people on this article the fact that this lady decided to stop using it. Who effin cares, the real question posed was does the sh*t work? and she showed us it does, whether or not she still uses it or decided to stop is a non issue, who the fuk cares? It works, thats all you really wanted to know isnt it? Ok then question answered.

    • kevin

      It really does and its crazy

    • pj

      I agree. Isn’t that the point, it works. I think people write these dribble responses just to have something to say. Stupid.

  • Tonya Cole

    SweetTLC <3
    I have never personally used the Monistat7 but a close friend of the family do suffer from Alopecia and started using it mixed in her hair grease(unknown) but her hair has since started growing, she actually have hair(fuzz) throughout her bald spot. So its working for her and God Bless anyone else that can obtain growth! Ijs

  • Kevin

    I’m a guy growing my hair since it grows too fast anyway. A few days after a shape up so I decided that my hair was getting too expensive. Every week of the month for a new trim. I rather have it in a pony tail or braids kept neath for 2 weeks or more. I use and currently still use mcanzle nitrate (My abbreviation for the formula)this and let me tell you, omg, this along with hairfinity? Forget it! You will see hair growth magically grow right before your very own eyes and be astounded. I noticed a lot of hair shedding when I stopped using and some breakage but when using it daily since purchase a 4oz of the stuff on Amazon and can do that with that amount, I notice less hair breakage and its amazing. I get no headaches, ringing of the ears, or any of that crap. Some people are just tender headed and mad it doesn’t work for them so they try to bash this new growing hair growth trend. mcanzle nitrate forever!!

  • Jocelyn

    I understand wanting to obtain length faster, I myself big chopped in November and it was the hardest thing to look in the mirror with a dark ceasar. But here I am at 10 months and I have a lot of hair. I mean about 6 inches of hair growth. I guess my point is how do you know if its the cream? It could be the cream or the oils you use or the massage you give your scalp. Your hair growth looks like what it should after two months and unless you have a bald spot or something that has been keeping you from obtaining longer hair, how do you know its the cream that is causing the hair growth.

  • Sector995

    Ok,so I’ll try it, do you leave it overnight and then shampoo the next day and put it right back on, how long should it stay in ur hair becuase I can’t style it if it’s greasy and go like that all day

  • Fefe

    I would like to start the mixture treatment with monistat, but I would like to know if you can use the cream without going natural. I notice a lot of people use the cream with natural hair, but I texturize my hair because it softens and keep my hair straight without putting a flat iron to it. I just don’t know how this cream would work with another chemical (texturizer). I would stop applying the cream a week and a half before treating it with texturizer, and wash the monistat cream out. Just to be on the safe side, but If anyone uses monistat while still texturizing or know any problems with it please let me know!!

    • nJoiNmeNaturally

      That’s probably a good idea because it’s an anti fungal and when u do a touch up u want ur scalp to be dirty top help protect from chemical burns

    • Tired of this weave!

      Hi Fefe, what texturizer do u use? Lye or no lye? What was ur curl pattern prior to texturizer and how about now? I’ve been natural for almost 2yrs, and I Can’t take it anymore! Lol.
      Thank :)

  • Ashlyn

    Does it really work? Bc I read that some women tried it and ended up having extreme hair loss

    • nJoiNmeNaturally

      My lazy 30 day challenge

  • nJoiNmeNaturally

    I did the challenge for about a month. I mixed it with coconut oil leave in conditioner olive oil and tea tree oil. The first week I put it on my scalp every night before bed. Week 2 I started getting lazy and did every other day. By the 3rd week I was down to at least 3 times a week. My front was just at the top of my lip then by the end it was down to below my lips. I did this challenge back in the fall and since then I have been trying a variety of different things sines I am newly embracing my natural hair. I have also noticed a regrowth in my edges. I now have pieces as long as 3″ all over from the new growth of the mn. I didn’t experience any side effects other than getting lazy after the first week. I wonder what the growth would have been if I did everyday for those 30 days? Maybe I’ll try it again soon.

  • http://ridad.blog.com MsReeda

    Did you get any adverse effects such as a terrible headache? http://ridad.blog.com