Thursday, 16 September 2010

Beaded Beauties: Baby Girl in Blue

Remember I mentioned having a hair salon? Well, in my spare time I am a natural hair therapist. I specialise in children's haircare and locks. However, I offer the full range of natural hair services: braids (own hair), cornrows, twists, fros, twist outs, hot oil treatments, lock installation and maintenance (palm rolled or interlocked), beading, extensions and much more.

This is one of my four year old clients modelling her 'back to school' do.
Can you tell she was pleased?

Sunday, 12 September 2010

6 Reasons for Hair Loss (by Rene Brown)

Reason 1. Normal variation.

Our hair has to go through several stages: it grows for several years, then it goes to resting phase and finally falls out. As soon as the follicles give up old hair, they grow the new strands. Due to this normal hair cycle people notice that some hair comes out with combing, washing, drying or any rubbing of scalp. In some cases natural hair loss provokes more hair growth before the bald patches appear. This is why increased thickness of hair should alarm people.

Reason 2. Hormonal abnormalities.

Any changes in hormones might result in hair problems. One of the brightest examples is pregnancy: while a woman has increased level of estrogen and progesterone the hair is thick and shiny, this is why most of pregnant women enjoy luxurious hair while carrying a baby. As soon as the baby is delivered, the hormones get back to normal which provokes hair loss.
Excessive or too little amount of thyroid hormone might start hair loss: the hair feels thinner and the person notices more hair strands on the brush than usually. High testosterone promotes the growth of facial and body hair, but provokes scalp hair loss. High insulin which results in diabetes decreases hair growth and causes hair loss.

If there are no obvious reasons to believe that a particular hormone is the reason for hair loss (like diabetes and insulin), a blood test might explain the situation with the hormones.

Reason 3. Scalp inflammation.

Like any other organ of the body, hair and scalp can get sick. Almost everybody has heard about inflammatory skin problems like eczema, seborrhea or psoriasis. They make red scaly and itchy patterns on the scalp and cause hair loss. The same happens if the person has fungal scalp infection (ringworm) or bacterial infection of the roots (folliculitis). In rare occasions immune system might let down on the person which results in alopecia areata, quick hair loss with bald patches.

Reason 4. Local trauma.

This is one of the main hair loss reasons for women: tight hair bands, cornrows and many other hair styles that pull hair harder than it should be; as a result hair breaks, becomes fragile or simply falls out. Chemical hair treatments do not only damage the strands, but the follicles too, this might end in permanent hair loss which would not restore by itself.

Reason 5. Medication.

Before prescribing any medical treatment a doctor should inform about all possible side-effects. For example, steroids or chemotherapy provoke temporary hair loss. Diuretics (for example, sprinolactone) decrease testosterone level and might start body hair loss (it does not effect scalp hair though).

Some people do not have problems with hair at all and it does not react to changes in hormonal levels, medications or other impacts, however, it is still necessary to know about any side-effects of the treatments.

Reason 6. Psychological factors.

Some people’s hair reacts to such changes in emotional condition as stress, anxiety and depression. This is the most difficult hair loss reason to recognize and treat. Only the patient him- or herself should go away from the psychological situation he or she is in and the hair will slowly restore its thickness.

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Sunday, 5 September 2010

Lost Locks

As the double edged sword of Telogen Effluvium (post partum shedding) and alopecia areata (autoimmune hairloss) continues to sweep through my hair, I thought I'd show a selection of the fallen.

Several bloggers have shared with me their personal struggles with hair loss (unexplained or medical) and thinning and it made me realise how much just knowing you are not alone can encourage you on your darkest days.

So, I am psyching myself up to let go of the embarrasment/shame/whatever I have over this battle and show you some images of what I am facing. Hopefully, it will help someone. However, I will ask that you understand the following :

  • Sisterlocks did NOT cause this hair loss. 
  • Interlocking did NOT cause this hair loss.
  • I did not wear my hair in tight hairstyles, i.e. this is not TRACTION ALOPECIA.
  • I did NOT overtighten my hair while interlocking i.e. this is not TRACTION ALOPECIA.
  • Dying my hair did NOT cause this hair loss.
  • ALOPECIA AREATA and TRACTION ALOPECIA are NOT the same thing. One is medical/clinical (ie caused by internal factors) - the other is mechanical (ie caused by external factors).
I feel I have to state the above clearly so that I don't receive any more comments about how 'those tiny locs make your hair fall out' or 'you must have pulled them too tight'. Really. I'm tired of those comments. I'm only sharing these things to educate and encourage.

You can see my 'good' ones on the left hand side (tight pattern all the way to the ends); and the 'naughty ones in the middle and right (with bunch ends). 

The bunching happened when I stopped banding, the curly ends doubled back on themselves and created those fat ends (I call them big bums).  

The double headed dragon there was created when the thinning first started and my consultant tried to save the loc by combining it with another. Then they both died. Funny that (at least to me). 

I have several like that - sometimes I have like 5 combined. My intention is to cut off the extra heads (when my hair grows back) and sew them to the new locks so that I don't have that odd mixture of long and stubby locs like I did last year after the Prince was born. 

However, in addition to those still 'hidden' in my hair, I have a little case filled with lost locs - waiting patiently to be reattached... someday I hope. Someday.

Peace xx

Welcome to  These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!  My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my affair with my hair - my locks.  WELCOME TO THE TAPESTRY OF ME....

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Back in London!

Ok, y'all know Nai called me out lol. I got back a few days ago and everything is up in the air - as you can imagine! Having been in Barbados for almost 4 months, I am in the process of unpacking luggage for a family of five and (re)setting the house in order. It's amazing what can accumulate when noone is in!

The last few weeks of my holiday were hectic as well - so many people to see, beaches to visit and so so little time!  Bajan Baby has returned a nice golden colour instead of pale and frail (her aunt has been calling her 'nugget' lol).  The Young Prince is a right dynamo, leaping off the backs of chairs, riding his trike and getting into and upto just about everything! The Big One has officially landed in teenhood - angst and all - HRH and I are holding on for  dear life, what a ride!

On the subject of blogging - well, I have so much to say!

I have photos from carnival events (no costumes sorry) as I was so enchanted by all the natural and dreaded heads I came across.

I did tons of research into locks, maintenance, haircare and products (natural and ready made etc). Look out for my posts on those.

I did TONS and TONS of research on my 'condition'. I have lost MORE hair and am still not sure it is done shedding yet (which would allow me to focus on healing, repair and regrowth) but my sister-in-law (shout out to B repping Trinidad) has styled my hair in such a way that most (if not all) of the patches are concealed... so that's pretty much how I am wearing my hair at the moment.

I saw specialist after specialist, and had a whole gamut of tests done. I'll post about those at some point too.

Nubian1 - I haven't responded to your email yet but I did get it and will do so shortly. Thank you for being a source of encouragement and optimism. You too Anthia! (and Mrs Mac and Yahvinah and V and Trina) I guess post partum shedding and hairloss is more common than we realise. (Sorry if I missed your name above, am rushing at the mo)

Oh and my Hair Salon is back in business. (More on that some other time too).  If you're interested in taking a peek  or showing your support click here.


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