Did you know that nearly 50% of African-American women have suffered from hair loss at some point in their life?
According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology the number 1 cause of hair loss among black women is a condition known as Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA). CCCA is a disorder in which inflammation and destruction of hair follicles causes scarring and permanent hair loss. Another well known condition that is very common among women of color is Traction Alopecia. Traction Alopecia is usually caused by tension that is inflicted on the hair and scalp resulting in the removal of the hair shaft and potentially causing very damaged hair follicles.
Many African-American women are very likely to experience some type of Alopecia at some point in their lives due to the variation of damaging styles and techniques used in their haircare regimen. One very well known cause is “”””drumroll””” “the Creamy Crack”, “the relaxer”, “the perm” (or whatever term you have for it). A Relaxer of course isn’t the only major factor; You have the tight braids, sew-ins, tight ponytails, frequent heat, rough handling of the hair, illness, medications, etc.
The results of a survey conducted by Dr. Lenzy (Dermatologist) and the Black Women’s Health Study at Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center revealed that of 5,594 women who’ve completed the survey 47.6 percent of them reported hair loss. While this number doesn’t account for the majority of black women in the United States it’s an indication that we are increasingly causing damage to our beautiful crowns by wearing tight styles and using damaging techniques in our routines. Continue reading “Do These 7 Things to Regrow Your Bald Spots.”
The state of your scalp dictates whether or not your hair grows! Say Whaaaaaaaat? But my hair is always growing! Yes it grows, but only if you maintain a healthy scalp.
I want you to think about your scalp and hair, and compare it to growing and maintaining a plant. If the soil is watered and is weed free then that plant is destined to thrive. The scalp is the foundation of healthy hair, and to achieve length you must maintain a regimen that caters to keeping the hair and scalp clean and healthy. Scalp health is not just about maintaining the skin that is visible through your strands, but it’s also about preserving what’s underneath. I’m referring to the hair follicle. Continue reading “7 Ways to promote and Maintain a Healthy Scalp.”
Finding the right products that will keep your hair moisturized and healthy while on your natural hair journey can be quite challenging at times, but always keep in mind that ‘anything that’s worth doing is going to take time, patience, and effort’. It took me a lot of trial and error to finally figure out what exactly works for my hair, but eventually I created a solid routine of healthy haircare practices and the right products to help my hair flourish.
While I can’t tell you exactly what products you need to use based on the fact that everyone’s hair respond differently to any one stimulus, I can share with you some important tips that will help you find the right products for your hair.
How to Find the Right Products for your Natural Hair
Ladies and gents you must figure out your hair’s porosity! There is no ifs or buts about this one. Your porosity indicates how well your hair accepts and retains moisture, and it also points to the texture and consistency that your products should possess. There are 3 levels to porosity: low, normal, and high. High porosity hair is characterized by raised cuticles, and usually this porosity type requires heavy/thick moisturizing products to keep it pliable and moisturized. Continue reading “The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Natural Hair Products.”
I love my hair because it’s a reflection of me and me is beautiful.
A proper cleanse is good for the hair (and sometimes the soul too) from time to time, but harsh shampoos tend to strip the hair of its natural oils and cause dry/brittle hair. So it’s imperative that you either use a sulphate free shampoo or find a solution to defy the stripping properties of your shampoo. The solution is Pre-pooing!
What is pre-pooing?
Pre-pooing is simply applying a conditioning treatment to your hair before you shampoo to add moisture to your strands and to reduce the stripping effects of your cleanser. A pre-poo could be an oil, a conditioner, or a mixture of both.
How does pre-pooing help your hair?
Pre-pooing your hair reduces the stress placed on your strands (by your shampoo) by providing more moisture which combats excess removal of your natural oils. So, I know you’re thinking that the shampoo will remove everything added to your hair prior to washing it, but I want you to think about it like this…… Continue reading “Part I: What is a Pre-Poo?”
Oo00h! It’s that time again! Yep, it’s wash day. Do you have a wash day routine that lasts at least 5 hours? Girl aint nobody got time fuh dat! I just want to hop into the shower and be done with my hair, but as you know us afro-textured hair women take half a day sometimes to tame those curls. Ok enough mumbling to myself! lol! If you’re experiencing a ton of tangles and breakage on wash day here are some tips and tricks that can help you keep those knots away from your strands.
How do I keep my natural hair from tangling while washing?
Woohoo! Hey guys, I’m excited to come to you with this one because it’s my one year natural hair anniversary. It’s been one year today since I made the decision to go natural, and I’m loving it. I did the big chop 6 months ago, and I’ve learned a great deal about my hair; specifically what products my hair likes and what haircare practices I should avoid. I have dense and low porous hair 4c hair, and I even though I’ve watch many naturals with the same hair texture I still had to experiment with my own hair to find the right balance.
I didn’t experience any setbacks as far as I know, so I’m extremely grateful for that. I pretty much kept to a low manipulation regimen throughout the entire year to maximize length retention. Before I big chopped I wore box braids and braid outs 90% of the time, and after big chopping I also stuck to wearing twists and braids 90% of the time. Continue reading “My 1 Year Afro-versary!”
Many women use the terms shedding and breakage interchangeably to describe hair that leaves the head, but believe it or not they are not the same thing. It’s vital that the difference between the two are known and understood because this determines whether or not you are experiencing damage. In this article, I will shed some light on the differences, and list some things that you can do to combat each problem.
What is Shedding?
The term shedding is affiliated with hair that has reached the end of it’s growth cycle. There are 3 commonly known phases of the growth cycle: Anagaen phase (growth phase), catagen phase (transitional phase), and telogen phase (resting/shedding phase). During the shedding phase, the hair strand has reached the end of it’s “life” and will fall from the scalp along with its bulb (the tiny white particle at the root of the strand). Continue reading “Shedding vs Breakage: Is Your Hair Shedding or Breaking?”