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Starting over from a shaved head - 4C

Suki2021

New Member
A little over 10 years, I was on this website and I followed a hair regimen. My hair was thick, growing and thriving. I think the longest it grew to was just past bra strap length.
Fast forward, I spent my late 20's being a little neglectful to my hair, constantly wearing weaves with very little breaks. I travelled a bunch, lived abroad, attended grad school, worked a corporate job. My hair gradually stopped growing, bald spots started showing and this year it was visibly thinner. The HORROR!!
I am now 33. I have spent the last year or so in denial about the state of my hair and tried in vain to hang on to it. This year, I wanted to take advantage of being at home to start taking care of it, however, I didn't see much change in the health of the hair. So I decided to just shave it all off and start over. I made an appointment with the Dermatologist but it won't be until March 9th. In the meantime, I would love your tips, advice, expertise , encouragements and whatnot. I am so glad to see that all these years later, this community is still thriving.

Edit: So it's been about 13 days since I shaved my hair completely bald and it looks like it's growing. I'm keeping it very simple with a combo of aloe vera spritz and an growth oil mixture at night. After each step, I rub my scalp with a scalp stimulator brush thing. However, the bald spots that were smooth are still smooth. Any advice? thanks. I mean it's the sole reason why I cut my hair, it would be a shame if it doesn't grow back.

Thanks, Suki
 
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blessedandfavoured

Well-Known Member
Hello @Suki2021,
Here's my contribution:
  • Diet – increase consumption of vegetables (especially green, leafy veg), fruits, healthy fats (like olive oil, coconut oil, flax oil). Fish, chicken, red meat, eggs are good for protein. You can always blend vegetables into smoothies or juices if that’s more convenient. Seaweed is supposed to be good for growth as well. Get your blood work done to make sure you’re in good health and don’t have any deficiencies, e.g., iron and B12. Take supplements to compensate for any deficiencies. Useful ones include MSM, collagen, vitamin c, biotin, silica, spirulina, wheatgrass, chlorella.
  • Exercise – especially cardio, but anything that warms you up and gets blood flowing to the head. Alternatively, head massages are good. Also good for brain health and memory.
  • Herbal haircare – herb-infused oils (coconut, castor, olive, almond, etc) and conditioners (mostly DIY) have worked well for me. Henna/cassia (strength), marshmallow root (detangling), moringa (growth), bhringraj (growth), brahmi (growth, strength), burdock root (growth), amla (strengthens, darkens hair), chebe (strengthens), aloe (detangles, softens), fenugreek (strengthens, detangles), sea moss (detangles), neem (cleanses), so many more.
  • Essential oils like peppermint, cedarwood and rosemary are good for growth as well.
You may have to experiment and find out what your hair likes best, but it’ll be worth it! Please do your research, especially regarding herbs and supplements. I'm sure other ladies can recommend store-bought items if that suits your lifestyle better.

Here are some links that might be useful: https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/20-21-coffee-tea-acv-ayur-onion-rice-chebe-challenge.847571/, https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/diy-mixtress-into-the-2020s.843747/, https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/a-new-henna-thread.335111/, https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/drink-your-way-to-waistlength-hair-i-am.288413/, https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/how-about-taking-chlorella.329287/, https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/list-of-herbs-that-are-beneficial-to-hair.714053/, https://longhaircareforum.com/threa...iness-great-slip-stops-shedding-cheap.697429/.

God speed on your journey!
 

Chicoro

From Shea Butter Hater to Shea Butter Caker!
A little over 10 years, I was on this website and I followed a hair regimen. My hair was thick, growing and thriving. I think the longest it grew to was just past bra strap length.
Fast forward, I spent my late 20's being a little neglectful to my hair, constantly wearing weaves with very little breaks. I travelled a bunch, lived abroad, attended grad school, worked a corporate job. My hair gradually stopped growing, bald spots started showing and this year it was visibly thinner. The HORROR!!
I am now 33. I have spent the last year or so in denial about the state of my hair and tried in vain to hang on to it. This year, I wanted to take advantage of being at home to start taking care of it, however, I didn't see much change in the health of the hair. So I decided to just shave it all off and start over. I made an appointment with the Dermatologist but it won't be until March 9th. In the meantime, I would love your tips, advice, expertise , encouragements and whatnot. I am so glad to see that all these years later, this community is still thriving.

Thanks, Suki

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(She shaved her head and grew it back to the current length in 2 years. Her process is pretty solid.)

Welcome back and good luck!
 

GGsKin

Well-Known Member
On top of the above, long term baggying (green house effect), inversion (hanging over my bed) and consistent head massage also helped me when I had smooth bald spots. Hair began to sprout in those spots after about 3-4 months of consistency.
 

Suki2021

New Member
Hello @Suki2021,
Here's my contribution:
  • Diet – increase consumption of vegetables (especially green, leafy veg), fruits, healthy fats (like olive oil, coconut oil, flax oil). Fish, chicken, red meat, eggs are good for protein. You can always blend vegetables into smoothies or juices if that’s more convenient. Seaweed is supposed to be good for growth as well. Get your blood work done to make sure you’re in good health and don’t have any deficiencies, e.g., iron and B12. Take supplements to compensate for any deficiencies. Useful ones include MSM, collagen, vitamin c, biotin, silica, spirulina, wheatgrass, chlorella.
  • Exercise – especially cardio, but anything that warms you up and gets blood flowing to the head. Alternatively, head massages are good. Also good for brain health and memory.
  • Herbal haircare – herb-infused oils (coconut, castor, olive, almond, etc) and conditioners (mostly DIY) have worked well for me. Henna/cassia (strength), marshmallow root (detangling), moringa (growth), bhringraj (growth), brahmi (growth, strength), burdock root (growth), amla (strengthens, darkens hair), chebe (strengthens), aloe (detangles, softens), fenugreek (strengthens, detangles), sea moss (detangles), neem (cleanses), so many more.
  • Essential oils like peppermint, cedarwood and rosemary are good for growth as well.
You may have to experiment and find out what your hair likes best, but it’ll be worth it! Please do your research, especially regarding herbs and supplements. I'm sure other ladies can recommend store-bought items if that suits your lifestyle better.

Here are some links that might be useful: https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/20-21-coffee-tea-acv-ayur-onion-rice-chebe-challenge.847571/, https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/diy-mixtress-into-the-2020s.843747/, https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/a-new-henna-thread.335111/, https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/drink-your-way-to-waistlength-hair-i-am.288413/, https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/how-about-taking-chlorella.329287/, https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/list-of-herbs-that-are-beneficial-to-hair.714053/, https://longhaircareforum.com/threa...iness-great-slip-stops-shedding-cheap.697429/.

God speed on your journey!
oooh thanks for the list of oils and supplements and including what they do. This is helpful beyond!!!!
 

Suki2021

New Member
On top of the above, long term baggying (green house effect), inversion (hanging over my bed) and consistent head massage also helped me when I had smooth bald spots. Hair began to sprout in those spots after about 3-4 months of consistency.
Interesting method. I have not tried the inversion and I hope I understand it correctly. I am def down to try all the above.
 
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