The Problem Area of my Hair

I previously mentioned in a post that I M&S my hair in quadrants. I  think that this method allows for me to assess the state of each section of my hair by checking for excess shedding and breakage and by ensuring that each strand gets optimal moisture. Well, for a while now, I have noticed that I have one part of my hair that is thinner, has the more breakage and is just all-around in worse shape that the other parts of my hair. That part is located in the back of my right side  (see my lovely drawing below).


This area is constantly the bane of my HHJ. Sometimes I cringe when having to M&S that area because I know it will yield bad results. The need to dust often stems from this area, since when I am experiencing excess breakage (what I define as more than 5 ends over a period of a few days), I know its time to dust. Also this section sheds the most during my excessive shedding phases, which is why this section feels significantly thinner compared to its neighbor on the left side. I definitely do not show preferential treatment for certain quadrants of my hair, so I am not sure why this is to be the case. I am literally stumped! I wonder if it was years of my hair being wrapped to the right (mind you, my hair has been wrapped like that overnight maybe 5-6 times over the past year).

Well, the only remedies that I can think of are to show this section a little more TLC when M&Sing and deep conditioning and see where this continued journey takes us. It’s not like the section doesn’t grow or even breaks to the point where there is a visible disparity in the length from my right side to my left side, but nevertheless, its noticeable to me and I would like it to stop!

Well, there’s my rant for today. Thanks for listening! 🙂

Update on 2/2/2013: Today I M&Sed the problem area of my hair by dividing it into two sections to see where the most breakage is coming from. I saw where the problem lies in the top part of the area, not the bottom, which affects length (which may explain why I do not see the disparity in length at my hemline despite that area being having more breakage than my left side). I will be continuing to monitor my hair by M&Sing like this for the near future.

Wash Day (and a traumatic experience … )

Yesterday was Wash Day. For some reason, I felt the strong need to chelate (pronounced kee-late) my hair. This is when you use a shampoo to strip all minerals from your hair. Clarifying shampoos do not do this. You need a swimmers shampoo or a shampoo made for stripping minerals out of hair (commonly called chelators). This is helpful to do if you swim, have hard water or well water or get no-lye relaxers. Minerals left on your hair can rob your hair of shine, dry your hair out to the point where it is brittle and breaking.

I do not have hard water in my apartment (water in the Pacific Northwest is pretty good) and have not had hard water for years (according to The Science of Black Hair, Hawaii has some of the softest water in the country). However, I had a calcium based relaxer back in March (sigh … that horrible relaxer) and I did swim in the pool when living in Hawaii. I was worried that I had some old minerals left in my hair and felt that I needed to do it, just in case.

Knowing that chelators can strip all oils and moisture from your hair, I did a pre-poo that consisted of a hot oil treatment, EVOO, and some V-05. To make sure this penetrated my hair, I sat under the dryer with this for 45 minutes. Then I washed my hair with the Ion Solutions Swimmers Shampoo (bought at Sally’s for $5.49). I must say that my hair felt so much better afterwards! It felt light. I then washed with Alterna Caviar moisturizing shampoo, followed up by their conditioner. I did my normal Alterna 10 and EVOO steam treatment for about an hour. I sprayed in my Roux 619 to detangle and applied my normal leave-ins.

I noticed that I had a great deal of shedding, which is normal because I don’t manipulate my hair during the week and so all that shed hair has to come out some way. But that was not the bad part. I noticed several broken hairs. I am talking about the small ones that are the bane of my existence … I am talking about long ones. It was not many (but no telling how many came out when I detangled), but it was enough to make me worry a lot! I think that I need hard protein treatment this week. Since I have been wetting and moisturizing my hair almost every day, it could be getting a bit weak and mushy. I will co-wash and do this treatment on Wednesday evening. I think that will help.

For the most part, the hair air dried nicely. I dried it in a bun and it looks straighter and shinier today … I wonder if the swimming shampoo helped by removing all the crap from my hair?

Well Saturday marked the four week mark since I have used heat on my hair. I went to Ulta on Saturday and saw where they were doing free blow-outs! You know that I was so tempted … but I must keep going on this heat break. I have about 35 days until my relaxer. I am anxious to see the length change but I must be patient!

Here’s to healthy hair growth for the next month!

Wash Day Success!

Today is Sunday, ergo today is Wash Day.

This morning I started with a prepoo of honey, V-05, EVOO and other oils (they are all mixed up in a bottle).

I kept in for about four hours and did my normal wash, condition in shower, steam with Alterna 10. I roller set it, per the Challenge. I was a bit rough when detangling my hair in the center, which showed when there were broken hairs in my hand after taking the rollers out. I was a bit disappointed, but it was my fault. I need to be patient with this texlaxed hair, as I have three textures going on at the moment. The breakage were long hairs, so it probably was at the line of demarcation. It’s time for a protein treatment anyway, so I think next week will be the perfect time to do a hard Aphogee. It’s been about three months since the last one.

I also had good number of shed hair (trust me, I inspect each hair that falls out of my head … No joke!), but I am sure this is because I hardly shed during the week, so more comes out each wash day. It has been like this since starting this low-manipulation regimen.

Well, today was the best roller set ever (that I have done)! It really makes me smile!!