Hair Update - 11 Weeks Post Relaxer & Shedding

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I'm going on 11 weeks post relaxer this week and my new growth is very manageable. I still spray my new growth with Scurl No Drip Activator once every 2-3 days to moisten the demarcation line (where the new growth and relaxed hair meet). It's a life saver and my hair loves me for it :)

Unfortunately, this stretch has probably been the worst for me as shedding is my number #1 enemy. Lately, I've been noticing long strands of hair (with the white bulb at the top) falling out, several at a time,when I manipulate my hair. This is alarming to me as I do not shed often. It's to a point where my hair actually feels a lot thinner!!! Lately I've been under pressure with finals, work, events, Christmas parties, etc. I've also had two colds in the past month! There's been a lot of stress, lack of sleep, lack of a properly balanced diet, vitamins and tons of manipulation to my hair (combing, brushing, styling etc.). Horrible huh?!

Well...my game plan is to re-stock my vitamins ASAP. I plan on getting back my prenatal vitamins along with a B Complex, Vitamin C and possibly MSM to help with the shedding. For those of you who don't know, MSM helps delay the shedding phase so that your hair is in the growing phase for a longer period of time, therefore your hair is continuously growing without going through it's normal shedding cycle. Black Tea Rinse will also be on the list of things to do to stop my shedding. I've never tried it before (never had excessive amount of shedding) but I hear the results are immediate and that's just what I need at this point.

As far as relaxing goes, I won't relax until I notice a significant decrease in shedding.

Wish me luck!

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27 comments

  1. what about amino acid capsules?
    I started taking them a month ago.
    what are your thoughts on those are they a bad idea for hair growth?

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    1. Abiola, Amino acids are great for providing your body with protein, which is perfect for healthy hair. It's great if you are working out as it helps build muscle tissue. They are good for overall health. Are you taking a multi-vitamin too?

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  2. Omy! I do wish you a boat load of luck! I believe in the BTR's so that should start you on a good road to recovery. I've learned and still learning so much from you, that I feel like you are hair mama/aunt/sister friend guru lol! Keep us posted, I'm sure when your done you will come out of this with 5 more inches lol!!!!! Peace & blessings

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    1. LOL Awww thanks luv! I'm still learning too, that's the funny part. Yes, I'll keep you all posted.

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  3. Good luck dear! and thanks for the advice about controlling shedding

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  4. i feel you!! my 4c hair shedded like crazy i handfuls of shed hair during my strecth..but black tea rinses do help..i did it saw results then my mom and sister followed.. i am a bit extreme so i also do garlic in my prepoo conditioner (the smell goes after you shampoo so no worries lol) or carrot juice in my d/c after washing..they all work i swear by them ..i rotate each week doing one or the other....but if you want softer finish i suggest going for garlic or carrot.....my shedding down to 10 to 20 strands a day and to like 50 during my menses..

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    1. Wow that's awesome. Thanks for sharing that Lissa!! I have hope :)

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  5. I have noticed an increase in shedding too! I was sick with a cold on and off for about 5 weeks, sucky diet, no vitamins, working almost everyday so I know exactly how you feel. We are going to get back on board with everything lady and nurse our bodies and hair back to great health! Lol.

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    1. Yes...Amen to that!! Let's do this together :)

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  6. Good luck and don't feel alone...I'm noticing what seems like a lot of shedding too. I know it's from stress, school, and being sick as well. Thanks for the tips and I know you'll get a handle on your shedding soon!

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    1. Thanks hun :) I'm glad I could help! Stress, school and having a cold can definitely wreak havoc on the body. Get on those vitamins girl!

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    2. You're welcome~I'm on it! Definitely getting back into the habit of taking my vitamins and hoping to see some changes very soon.

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  7. Starting prenatals is probably a good idea! This year has been ROUGH for colds! Everyone in my house has been sick twice in the past month or so as well and my hair has also been shedding it bit more than normal.

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    1. Yes indeed!! It's crazy huh?! I think it's a combination of stress given the time of year and possibly weather too. I hope you get your shedding under control though. Let me know what worked for you :)

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  8. For some reason i couldnt hit reply to ur above question
    anyway

    My vitamin cocktail consist of

    Amino acids
    Vitamin B complex
    Biotin ( I am stopping it next week, hair is growing everyway..and i mean EVERYWHERE)
    Vitamin C
    MSM
    Vitamin E

    It’s a mouth full …..I know lol

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  9. and no I dont work out...I dont have "power" for that.
    I take it just for the purpose of my hair

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  10. Hi Sunshyne, trying boiling some Rosemary Leaves and medium size pot about 3 Tablespoons for all your hair and just it has your final rinse each time you shampoo. You need to probaly switch your shampoo too to. Trying using AS I AM Coconut Cowash Cleansing conditioner or Ebony of Essence Creme Cleanser I alternate betwen the two it helps alot with any shedding. I also make a leave in conditioner and hair butter. If you want a sample I can send it to you.

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    1. Thanks Noveechops for the recommendations! I'll keep that in mind :)

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  11. Hi Ladies,

    What is MSM?

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    1. MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring sulfur that many of us lack in our bodies. You can find it in some vegetables i.e. onion, broccoli, eggs etc. MSM disappears during food processing, so many people decide to supplement their diets with a capsule, tablet etc. It helps promote beautiful hair, skin and nails.

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  12. Good luck Sunshyne. I did the btr in the end of November because of stress and colds. It helped greatly. I need to up my vitamins.

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    1. Thanks Erica. I did the black tea rinse and it really helped. Vitamins are in order as well.

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  13. How does one successfully do a Black Tea Rinse?? I've never done one before. I have shedding too (as I transition from relaxed to natural) and would love all the help I can get! :)

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    1. I'll put up a tutorial as quickly as possible for you. It's very simple.

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