Hair Care

As I said before I’m not happy about how my locks are doing and I needed to see a dermatologist. I already had an idea of what the problem was but she just confirmed it for me. I have a slight case of traction alopecia which results from wearing your hairstyle too tightly. The condition results from any hairstyle being worn so tightly that it actually pulls out the hairs from the roots. The hair can grow back but you usually have to stop wearing your hair in the style that is causing the issue. I’ve already stopped going to my stylist because she should have known what was happening especially after I told her the space between my locks were getting wider every time I visited her. Also I will be palm rolling my hair instead of latching since that’s what I was doing on my own and didn’t have this problem so it’s safe to say I won’t run the risk of locking my hair to tightly.

Now that I’ve taken steps to correct the hair loss my next move is to bring some life back into them. They are looking so dull and dry and it’s my entire fault. I felt so depressed about the hair loss that I didn’t take care of them like I should. I would wash it and that’s it. When you have locks conditioning them is the key to keeping them looking healthy.

Today I made sure to wash them with a non-sulfur shampoo then I put in a conditioner for dry and damaged hair and left it in all day. After I washed out the conditioner I sprayed my hair and scalp with some oil, palm rolled them with mango and lime gel and set them with my hair dryer. With just this one treatment today my locks look so much healthier. I’m going to make sure I do a deep conditioning treatment every weekend so they can keep looking great. I also want to use more natural products on my hair to avoid product build up so I’m going to start making some of the homemade conditioners and leave in treatments I’ve read about in the book Thank God I’m Natural.

Published in: on December 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Locs

In the 9 years of being natural and 5 years of having my hair loc’d I’m experiencing this unexplainable itch that only occurs on the top part of my crown.  I cherish my locks very much and I’m quite upset about this because I think it has to do with my hairstylist. I’ve been going to her for about 2 years now and in the beginning she was fine but these past few months have been horrible I’m wondering if she isn’t sterilizing her equipment between  clients.

I really hope it’s not a fungus infection because I’m allergic to sulphate products and might not be able to use the medication needed to cure it.  Think I will try to get an appointment with the dermatologist and see what happens.

I think I’m going back to caring for them myself because I actually did a better job and my locks were a lot shinier. Only problem with self-care is it’s so time consuming and styling can a be a challenge sometimes because of how thick it is. I wonder if there are any natural products out there that can be used to clear up the infection if there is one.

I know you’re wondering why I’m even speaking about my locks but it represents a big part of my personality and self-esteem. I’ve wanted locks since I was six years old but then my parents were in control then in high school my boyfriend at the time said I would look ugly if I put them in by then I had shoulder length chemically straightened hair and he loved it. I let my insecurity get the best of me and didn’t take the plunge. I moved to Florida in my early twenties and that’s when I had the courage to go natural because I saw so many other women with the curly fro’s and kinky twist I fell in love with the styles. All my friends thought I was crazy to get rid of my long hair but I didn’t care in 2001 I took the plunge to natural hair and never looked back.

Being natural has given me such a great boost of self-esteem. It was such a relief not to be a slave to that creamy hair crack and having to practically break my neck to run for shelter when it rains to avoid getting my hair wet. Since moving back home I have since converted my sister to having locks and some friends found me as an inspiration and decided to go natural maybe eventually enter the lock world.

Published in: on October 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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