Going BALD

Hair Chronicles Part One

So I’m losing my hair due to post-partum shedding. This started about three months after I gave birth.  I had a relaxer and my hair texture had changed.  No matter what I did to my hair, I was never satisfied. And instead of leaving it alone, like I should have, I colored it (while my scalp was irritated); this was the WRONG move.  I kept the color in for a few months and still not being satisfied, I got a quick weave.  For those who don’t know what a quick weave is, its hair glued onto a cap that’s sealed on your head by a special bonding agent.  Now there’s nothing wrong with a quick weave, in fact it’s cute and a quick fix if you want a hair change.  However, I shouldn’t have gotten a quick weave with colored hair and an irritated scalp. Duh, right?  I kept the quick weave in my hair for about a month.  Going a month without washing my hair or allowing my scalp to breathe was a huge NO-NO.  When I removed the quick weave, I felt scabs in my scalp and my hair was coming out in chunks.  I didn’t think much of it, I didn’t even look at it closely or take a pic.  I turned around and got braids the very next day *face palm*, which was the nail in the coffin for my poor hair.  The braiding hair had further irritated my scalp and this is when I started tracking my hair loss.

This is after having the braids for only a few short days. You can still see the color and my irritated scalp.

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This is about a month after I removed the braids. I got another quick weave because I just didn’t know what else to do with my hair.

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As you can see, my scalp was still irritated, but the color grew out completely. At this point, I went to the dermatologist.  She told me my scalp was inflamed and prescribed a shampoo and an ointment to apply to my scalp and suggested scalp injections.  The injections would hopefully prevent further hair loss and generate hair growth. So from this point on, I started rocking a wig and head wraps.

This is the result of using the shampoo, ointment, and just leaving my hair ALONE for about 4 weeks.

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As you can see, my hair started showing positive signs of growth! My dermatologist said the hair loss wasn’t permanent and I was now on the path to hair growth again.  Wheeeew, thank God!  This pic was taken before I started the scalp injections.

At this point I decided I was tired of being patchy bald (as my friend would say…lol) and I wanted to cut it all off and just start over. So I went to the barber shop and got naked (not literally…lol).  But I wanted a fresh start, I wanted to be free!  I was tired of hiding behind wigs and head wraps.  After getting the cut, I realized that shaving my head was not just about hair.  It was a liberating experience.  It was a chance for me to shed old expectations, old emotions, old thoughts, old everything and start anew.  Start fresh.  Start OVER.

So here I am, bold, bald and beautiful and fully embracing the new me!  Because as India so eloquently put it, “I am not my hair; I am not this skin; I am not your expectations”

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I will be tracking my hair growth and sharing my experience with you all.  So like, subscribe and stay tuned to my blog for updates.

 

 

16 thoughts on “Going BALD

  1. Tee says:

    Love, Love, Love!!!!! Absolutely beautiful sissy! Thank you for being transparent. You continue to allow your story and voice to be a comfort to many. Peace & Love

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  2. Eugenia says:

    I love your story!! Thanks for being bold!! So many woman struggle with their hair, including me . We all need to embrace our natural beautiful hair. ( it all starts within) I love the new hair !!

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  3. Meek says:

    Wow, great read I will be following your story. My hair started shedding after having Jayden 5 months ago. I know your son just turned a year I believe got the hair injection a and shampoo works wonders. Also if you still have prenatal vitimans still they are a great source for strengthening your hair and nails. As for me I’m still working on my edges coming back fuller but they have come a long way. Keep us updated on this journey because you have no clue how many moms out here you are helping.

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  4. Ros says:

    Beautiful and Courageous
    I remember when I experienced hair loss just like that my hair stylist saw it first and said it looked like alopecia. I went to the dermatologist and she diagnosed it as alopecia. She gave me shampoo and scalp-t oil. After a few months my hair grew back thick and healthy.

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