The Shedding Struggle
Patience, persistence and a wholeeee lot of trial & error.
Caused by many things; one individual’s hair may be shedding for a different reason than why yours is. Always remember that! What may work for “Angelique” may not do nothing for “Carline”.
Here are some reasons why YOU may be experiencing shedding:
1. What Temperature is That Thing ON? | Girl whut?!? Do you WANT over fried hair? Lower the temperature on your heated tools or just refrain from heat overall if you can! I mean…I know I can’t but if you can, more power to you!
2. Recently Colored Your Hair? [peroxide, ammonia and bleach in demi to permanent hair colors] | Color can not only lead to shedding but to excessive breakage as well. Make sure you seek a professional, and not just your home girl from down the block that used to color her hair back in high school, when you’re ready to take this step. Be sure to follow-up with protein treatments and making sure your hair stays moisturized!
3. What’s Stressing Yuh? | You’re too blessed to be stressed. Excessive physical or emotional stress, like that associated with injury, illness or surgery, can cause shedding. Remove all unnecessary negativity from your life like, yesterday. Thankfully, hair will usually grow back on its own once the source of stress has been removed. “Drink some tea, you’ll be alright.”
4. How’s Your Nutrition? | Make sure you’re getting a moderate dose of Vitamin B, Iron & Protein in your diet.
“If you are not getting enough vitamins and protein, your hair follicles won’t be strong and healthy.”
5. Failing to Neutralize Are We? | ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS neutralize your hair after washing out your relaxer. Doing so will allow the chemicals to stop in its tracks and prevent over processing that can lead to immense shedding. Trust me! I’ve been there.
6. Welcome to Mommyhood! | Well, I’ve never given birth, but through research and word of mouth I have found that many new moms suffer from shedding post-partum. Over a period of time, the shedding will begin to lessen. “Damn those hormones!”
7. What’s That ‘GOOK’ on Your Scalp? | Cowashes are great and all, especially to retain your hair’s natural oils but sometimes you really need to do a good cleansing! Product build-up can clog pores and produce a moist environment that is susceptible to hosting micro-organisms/bacteria that can cause excessive hair loss. Nobody wants a friend that scratches her hair to find residue chilling underneath her nail beds. lol. Gross! =P
8. I Didn’t Know Water Had a Texture! | Have you ever traveled out of state or even to another country for an elongated period of time and noticed that once you got out the shower your skin didn’t feel as smooth as it usually does? Your hair wasn’t as easy to detangle and you were using the SAME EXACT products you use in your regular regimen? Welp! It may be because of the hardness of the water in that area. (click here to read more..)
Know the difference between shedding and breakage.
Shedding= Hair lost at the root with white bulb at the tip. It appears white because the hair stops producing melanin (color) at the point in its growth cycle right before it gets ready to fall.
Breakage= Can be caused by the way you handle and style your hair, heated tools, and not giving your hair the moisture it needs. Broken off strands are recognized as hairs that have been snapped in half along the length of the strand.
Now here’s what I’m doing to help stop my shedding.
A) Switching to Sulfate Free Shampoos
I can say that switching to sulfate-free shampoos has definitely helped me combat my battle with shedding. I got rid of ALL but one of my shampoos that contain any harsh sulfates (only using it to clarify my scalp about once a month especially if I’m using heavy oils). However, I’ve recently discovered Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo that works hard to break-up all the buildup on my scalp without stripping my hair from all of its natural oils. This shampoo IS sulfate free and helps soothe dry, itchy and flaking scalp. I love it and may be exiling shampoos that contain sulfate wholly!
There are some examples of Sulfate free shampoos that I have tried:
1. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
2. Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo
3. Creme of Nature Straight from Eden Hydrating Shampoo
4. Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo
B) Garlic Hot Oil or Garlic Deep Conditioning Treatments
The sulfur compound within garlic and also found in onions—once crushed, allicin, helps the stimulation of blood flow to the scalp.
♥ Simply blend garlic with your favorite conditioner until it is a paste. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair and cover with a plastic cap. Leave in for an hour before washing. –Hairfinity.com
Alternative that I like: Alter Ego Garlic Mask Hot Oil Treatment with Garlic
C) Steam, steam steam!
It just makes life easier. No, but seriously! Steaming with a deep conditioning treatment in your hair increases its elasticity which makes for easier handling—creating effortless detangling. A GREAT added bonus is that it also helps open up the hair’s cuticles which allows more beneficial products to seep into the strands. I’d follow-up by rinsing with cool water to close those cuticles after each steam treatment.
D) Blow-Dry & Flat Iron on low settings
If anybody ever told you that heat is the best thing for your hair, they either; lied, are totally oblivious or are absolutely jealous and want all of your hair to fall-out in hopes they theirs will grow stronger and longer than yours. Lol #petty. I always blow dry on MEDIUM temperature (never HOT) and finish with a COOL shot after my hair is dry to seal my cuticles. My flat iron’s temperature also never rises above 340° fahrenheit (no matter how stubborn my hair is being). [Fun Fact]: Did you know that hair burns at 451° fahrenheit | 233C? Keep that in mind!
D) Detangling on Semi-Dry Hair with a Wide Tooth Comb
Don’t mistake your yanked-out hair for shed hair. I’ve noticed that my scalp isn’t the same as it was 2 years ago. I am much more tender headed which is why I feel the need to be a lot more careful with how I handle my hair. After washing, I always make sure to T-Shirt dry my hair until it is about 75%-85% percent dry and continue to detangle gently in sections, started from the ends and making way to the roots. Slow & steady wins the race.
Not my cup of tea. Get it? ha!
Plain and simple. It just wasn’t for me.
I’ve tried Black Tea Rinsing my hair about three times but didn’t really like it. This was pretty much due to the way it made my hair feel after. I already have a hard time managing my hair when it’s wet, so the black tea rinse making my hair stiff wasn’t something I was willing to deal with. And yes, I tried following-up with deep conditioners and leave-ins with slip. I can’t say it works or doesn’t work since I didn’t do it for an extended period of time to actually notice a difference but if you are interested, I would recommend doing some research and finding somebody who can vouch for its success.
I hope you enjoyed & Thanks for stopping by!