How to Feel Fabulous when Coping with Hair Loss and Scalp Damage
“Bad” hair days can be challenging but they pale in comparison to hair loss and scalp damage. There are many reasons hair loss and scalp damage can happen. Some causes include genetics, skin conditions, and hairstyling practices. Whatever the reason these tips should help you put your best self forward so you feel fabulous. (If you need some insight on hair issues, visit the Learning Lab, http://senicanaturals.com/learning-lab. I’ve written in-depth information on hair concerns and challenges which you can find in the and here, http://senicanaturals.com/tag/hair-care-tips/).
1. Be encouraged. At the end of day you need to be comfortable in your own skin, with your own look. And while that might mean thinking yourself pretty or handsome on tough days, you need to get comfortable and confident. Once you make peace with that you can truly move forward to finding options that work well for you and what people think will matter less. There are worse things that can happen – you could be dead. :-/
2. Find a look that works for you and the damage areas. Updos, shortcuts, braids, wigs, and sew-in weaves are just a few options that may work. The point is to embrace your beauty in a way that makes you comfortable. I’ve tried all these options at various points of dealing with scalp dermatitis and folliculitis. Updos are my favorite. They are a quick and versatile option for casual and formal looks. And done correctly, they can keep your hair protected and help your achieve hair growth goals.
Wigs can be very helpful if you have thinning hair. There are many options on the market that allow you to create your own style. If you have curly, afro textured hair, and a creative, your can try your hand a creating a wig. This video from Roshini aka Glamazini shares her method for making a braid out wig, http://www.glamazini.com/how-to-make-a-crochetlatch-hook-wig. I met Roshini virtually years ago via her blog documenting her approach to addressing alopecia. Her styles are versatile and her approach to hair is one of the gentler out there.
Toni Daley also offers a few styles of wigs that can be worn as a half or full wig. You can view them here, http://www.tonidaley.com/collections/wigs. A quick internet or YouTube search is a good starting point for options that cover the entire hair spectrum.
3. Have fun with head wraps. Head wraps are fun, easy, and a great option for protecting your scalp and hair. I’ve always loved head wraps and they have become extremely popular of late. This video from Cannie aka MzNaturalLife has a few looks worth trying. Thanks for allowing me to share Cannie. 🙂
4. Find a great stylist or barber. When I decided to cut my hair into a short bob and finally a short afro I reached out to one of the best natural hair stylists I knew. She had relocated but referred me to an excellent barber. He was good at working with the varied textures, lengths, and thickness (or lack thereof) of my hair. I always felt fabulous after a fresh cut.
My horror story with the wrong barber:
I’ve also been in a pinch and went to an “okay” barber. Never again darling! The front of my hair was fine but I looked like I had mange at the nape of my neck because of how he cut the finer sections of my hair that is thinner and has a few bald spots. I wore collared shirts until it grew in some and even popped the collar. (I don’t pop collars so you know I was desperate.) So find a great barber who has experience working with clients that deal with scalp damage and hair loss. Halfway decent is my an option. I have a lot more stories I could share but like they say, tell some, keep some.
Sound off! Do you or have you dealt with scalp damage or hair loss? What tips would you offer in navigating the process while you celebrate your natural beauty? Please share in the comments section. I’d love to read. And, if you there are resources for specific hair types you think would be a good fit for this post, send them my way. Thanks for reading and sharing.
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