I suppose the general forum would have been the right place for this question.
The surfaces of your hair are made up by small cuticles. In a microscope, a hair looks sort of like a pine cone. These cuticles can open and close. Some cosmetical hair products make them open temporarily. When they open, your hair looks fuller and thicker. This is a purely cosmetic effect. Newbies often confuse this effect with regrowth. That’s partly why if you look through old threads you’ll find a million people saying that they tried product X and within days or weeks, their “hair feels great” and “looks better than ever” and it’s all growing back. Hallelujah. Unfortunately, it’s not real regrowth, so they are back a few months later trying another s c a m product, falling for the same thing again.
Real regrowth takes months. Hair grows from the base of the hair (the follicle) and it only grows about a cm or so PER MONTH. The base of the follicle is buried several mm down in the skin.
Maybe someone in the topicals section can recommend a good conditioner if you want that temporary cosmetic effect. It might offer some consolation to know that your hair is not “dying” or “sick” when it looks dull, small and lifeless. It’s just that the cuticles are closed.
Hairsite, I tried answering this post a bunch of times but could not because I used a “forbidden word”. I had to rewrite it time after time. It seems the illegal word was s c a m. Why on earth aren’t we allowed to say that word?