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.
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