Below you will see a couple of shots with 'good' locks and fragile locks side by side. Judge for yourself. I found a couple of these fragile locks recently (while separating the roots after a wash) and needless to say I started to really freak out. I have not included photos of the VERY bad ones because I am scared to touch them in case I break them off at the root (they're only hanging on by a couple of hairs).
Anxiously, I showed my husband who - upon inspection - gave me such a look of concern I burst into tears. After blubbering about my fears of ending up looking like the Predator (bald forehead, dreads hanging from the back) he offered some words of wisdom: "if it gets that bad we'll just cut it off and wear it short again" -- (of course at this point I thought of Solange and Amber Rose...) -
I know he was just trying to tell me that it's only hair... but I'm just so frustrated cos I shaved my head in 2007 and it's taken 2 yrs to get the 9-10 inches I had for installation and while I loved the boyish (close shaven) look, I absolutely hated the in-between mini afro look (before it was long enough to twist or style) and I'd hate to go back to that - which would mean I'd wear the boy head forever if I cut again! Grrrrrrrrrrr! PLUS - there were so many ppl calling me crazy for locking my 'good' hair blah blah blah - they said my hair would break or fall out and I don't want them to be RIGHT!
Anyhoo... I keep sharing this stuff cos I hope that someone somewhere has experienced this or something similar and knows what I can do to keep my locks from falling off... I'm do for a retightening in 2 days and with all the new growth at the temples - the locks at the front look like bamboo shoots (or weeds) sprouting from a thatch of moss! If I could turn my scalp back to front I would lol. So on the bright side - the 'bald' areas at my temples have filled in (see earlier posts for original photos) but it really does seem as though more hair is breaking off from my existing locks. *sigh*
ADDENDUM: I contacted my original consultant by mail and asked if she knew what was happening to my hair and she offered the advice below:
It's called telogen effluvium and usually occurs in the first year after birth because of hormone changes in the body. It usually is more apparent at the hair line especially at the temples. I have seen it with all my pregnant clients and it usually takes 6 - 8 months before full recovery. Continue avoiding too much manipulation, there is nothing else really you can do until your body settles back to normal"."
I guess half the battle is knowing what you're up against! Maybe I should have waited until my son was a year old before locking my hair.
Oh well, I soldier on.... but I am not happy. *sigh*