So, my hair has been acting real light skinned lately. All emotional, temperamental, and just extra at times. She wasn’t behaving as I had grown accustomed to and when I asked her what the problem was she gave me the silent treatment. Then one day, she just flipped the fugg out. Saying things like, “I wasn't spending enough time with her.” “I'm not the same person I was when we first started this relationship.” “I wasn't giving her the time and energy she needed.” “I used to love and nurture her more.” And all the other things light skin folks say when throwing a temper tantrum. And I continued to ignore her because…. Life. She was fed up with my antics and decided there was only one way to get my attention - shed like fucking crazy!
*Rewind to about a week ago* I was taking down my crochet braids, my hair was dry, and my scalp was irritated. I’d been working out 4 days/week and the buildup on my scalp needed immediate attention. I followed my typical routine of uninstalling the hair, washed my hair with a clarifying shampoo, conditioned my hair and detangled while lathered with conditioner. But this time my strands seemed to be leaving in droves. They obviously had an invitation to somewhere that my ass was not invited to but I wanted them desperately to stay with me. To coax them into staying I lathered on more conditioner assuming that my hair didn’t have enough slip in it so it was pulling out unnecessary hair. Nope. That didn’t work. By the end of my detangle session I had a tennis ball size of hair that I had pulled from the comb… I was pretty sure that I would need to draw my hair on to fill in the blanks.
I freaked the HELL out. Then it finally hit me. I was going through postpartum shedding. I shared with you all in my where are thou edges post how I had seen the wrath of postpartum shedding but now it had come back for more and with a vengeance. I was experiencing this 18 months after the birth of my daughter because I breastfed her up until she was 15 months. New moms typically experience this level of shedding around the 3 month mark but I believe mine was delayed because my body retained a lot of the hormones due to me breastfeeding. Once I stopped - bye bye hair… Relieved that I could attribute the shedding to something I was now on a mission to slow it down. YouTube is like the natural girl’s bible. It’s like that one friend who gives the best advice because they have been through everything. You learn from them in order not to make the same mistakes. I typed in how to stop hair shedding and the savior himself led me to videos about tea rinses. I watched Naptural85’s video and committed to trying this on my next wash day. Why a tea rinse? According to Essence.com, the main culprit behind the hair loss process is a hormone by the name of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT shrinks hair follicles, making it impossible for healthy hair to survive. The caffeine found in green and black teas has the ability to counteract the effects of DHT.
Y’all! I shed about ⅕ the amount of the hair I used to lose before I added green tea rinses into my routine. If you are struggling with shedding I encourage you to do some research on green and black tea rinses. It has been a gawd send for me! Or just go bald and say fugg it. Completely up to you.
What other ways have you retained your strands?