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.
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.
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.
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”
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.