Monday, June 23, 2014

The Point of No Return : How to Bounce Back

The Point of No Return : How to Bounce Back

After years of abuse, your hair is giving up.  Years of bad practices have taken its toll on your hair and scalp. You have done each and every hair no-no twice. You slept without a bonnet. Went weeks without conditioning. Kept the same weave in all year. Braids have serious Hang time? Avoided trims. Relaxed your hair every 3 weeks. Used the iron on the hottest setting every day. Skipped the heat protectant. I’m talking about all the naughty things. Now you are left with thinning hair, bald spots, and splitting ends. Is your hair is getting shorter, but you are not cutting it. What do you do? Don’t fret There are a few things you can do to get your hair on track.


Lay off the tracks:
When your hair is hidden under a weave, it is impossible to track its condition. Slapping a weave over your damaged hair is not best way to confront your issues. Approach your thinning hair with love, and patience.  Take a few months to treat your hair and scalp daily. Daily scalp messages, will help increase blood flow to your hair follicles, thus increasing hair growth.   Use topical treatments to encourage hair growth. JBCO is a great oil that has helped me regrow my thinning hair. When your hair is braided under a weave, every day you are missing opportunities to cater to your hair. If you MUST have a protective style that keeps your hair tucked away, opt for individual braids that are not too small/tight. It is simple to keep up a moisture regimen when you can easily access your scalp. Be sure to condition, and moisturize your hair every 2-3 days regardless of your current hair style.
Lay off the relaxers:
This may be a tall order for some. If the idea of returning to your curly roots makes you hyperventilate, don’t worry. Extending the time in-between relaxers is a great alternative. There are plenty of styles you can do that look super cute, and hide unruly new growth. Another alternative is to process your strands for half the time you normally would. The result is a win-win. Your hair will grow without the stress of over processing, and your strands will be thicker due to the shorter processing time.
Note Your Progress
Some keep a hair diary to track any changes in their hair. You can also track your progress with pictures
Work Those Fingers
Who Doesn’t Love Messages?! Give yourself one! Every night, take 10 minutes to stimulate blood flow to your hair follicles. Gently, using the pads of your fingers, message your  scalp with nourishing oils. Make sure to focus on any trouble areas, and take this time to note any changes in your hair density.
Double the Moisture / Protein
Now that you have limited the damage you are causing to you hair, you can start to build a regimen to lock in long term results.  The key to soft healthy hair is moisture. Water, Conditioner, and aloe are all great ways to add moisture to hair. Fill a spray bottle and mist your hair daily. There are plenty of ways to add moisture to your hair without wrecking your style. One of the easier way add moisture is to bathe without a shower cap.  Alternate protein treatments every week, to insure your new growth is strong.  After a few weeks, you will notice your new growth is strong, thick and healthy.
Schedule an Appointment:
Today there are prescribed medicines that can help you fight serious hair loss. Talk to your doctor about possible options. Be sure to do your own research in addition to consulting with your doctor. Most medications come with side effects, talk in depth with you doctor to decide if prescribed medication to fight hair thinning is right for you.