Sep 15, 2014

Candice's Hair Diary: Living on the Edges

No. This has nothing to do with the blog. Just wanted this gif of my niece and I here.
We're hair twins. Her hair is super thick and long!
No. The title does not have a typo. I actually meant "Living on the Edges", not "Living on the Edge". That's where my hair journey is. I've been fighting to save what's left of my edges. I don't want to be that girl who has empty spots in her scalp. 4 years into this hair, and I'm just now learning that Khani (the name I call my fro) is not here for high-tension hair styles.
My scalp is way too visible. WAY TOO VISIBLE!
Hello traction alopecia. In short, traction alopecia describes hair loss that is caused by constant pulling or tension over a period of time. And well... the first time I had a smooth bald spot when I got that horrible hair weave by that one person. The braids were tight, but the thread was even tighter.  Then, I recently had those gorgeous Havana twists that I kept in for nearly 2 months. And now... I am struggling to keep what edges I have left.

My hair literally came out in plugs.

As I gently removed my Havana twists, chunks of hair came out with them.When I was explaining my hair loss, someone told me "Maybe you just can't wear weave". While I may not be an old pro at weave wearing, that doesn't exactly address the problem. And then I realized that I've had Twists before. Smaller, heavier twists. I didn't experience any hair loss with those. Even if I cornrowed my own hair, it is the tension that is eating away my edges. Although I'm not planning to get weave next week, I'm certainly not ruling it out forever... nor am I blaming it for my thin edges. I mean, obviously the weight of weave combined with the tension doesn't help with hair loss. But it's not the sole culprit here.

Traction Alopecia is reversible if it is caught early enough. Luckily, I am a fast learner. I have been babying my edges, and even got some Jamaican Black Castor Oil from a friend. I'm much less concerned with taming my edges, and more concerned with length retention. Growth has never been an issue for me. But damage... Damage always finds me.  I was already still slightly bitter about the horrible sew-in from last year. And just when my edges were beginning to flourish, BAM! New weave, new problems.

Apparently, I still have more to learn about the limitations of my hair. It's a tough call when you want a style secure enough that will last, but not so tight that it will cause breakage. Maybe I should just learn how to do my own hair. Meanwhile, I'm trusting and believing that these follicles are not dead. I will deal with being self conscious about my thinned edges, and I'll be sure to keep everyone updated on the regrowing process.

Lesson = Learned. What has your hair taught you lately? Chat with me in the comments below!

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