The Doctor Is In: Shedding Edges + Dryness
Caprice writes: I went natural in March of 2012 by way of a BC. My hair seems really dry and I’ve noticed some areas where it appears to be balding (in the crown and near temples) and sheds a lot. My routine is a basic one with limited products: cowash w/oil added (coconut, grapeseed), moisturizer, and argan oil. My style is also pretty basic (2 strand twists). I spritz w/purified water, AVJ, Amla oil most days…but my scalp still gets really large flakes (like cradle cap). What am I doing wrong? I live in Honolulu, HI and have not been able to locate somejne who specialize in healthy, natural hair.
Dr. Kari Writes
The hair loss you are experiencing in your crown and near your temples can be the result of a number of factors. If your hair styling history includes styles that create stress and tension in those areas, the hair loss could be due to traction. The use of relaxers can affect the growth of hair in the center of the scalp, as well as hereditary factors. The causes of hair loss are so numerous that to fully diagnose the reason for your hair loss would require more in depth information regarding your medical history, nutrient intake, family history, etc. Hair loss in any form is devastating, but understanding the cause early is the best way to stop it from getting worse. I can conduct a more in depth consultation with you over the phone or through skype and advise you on next steps to take. You can also check with your Dermatologist who may be able to diagnose the cause of your hair loss.
The Dermatologist is also going to be important in helping you to address your flaky scalp. Cradle cap is a form of Seborrheic Dermatitis. It could be caused by hormonal changes or the over growth of a fungus. Ultimately, you must get this properly diagnosed immediately so that you can be prescribed the proper shampoo treatments and oral medications, if necessary. Similar to the hair loss, you reduce the chances of a more severe scalp infection (which could lead to more hair loss) if you seek the help of a medical professional as soon as possible.
For your dry hair, in the hair regimen you described there was no mention of deep conditioning. One way to tackle dry strands is to have a regular deep conditioning routine using a moisturizing conditioner. When deep conditioning you want to sit under a steamer for maximum moisturizing benefits. Check out the Huetiful Steamer, which is a great personal steamer that is easy to use at home. After deep conditioning, make sure you apply your moisturizer and oil to retain the moisture in your hair.
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