About nine months after having to shave off my hair yet again, my hair had grown back thicker than ever. I was having a hard time maintaining my 4C natural hair and an even harder time finding some helpful information online. I came to the very wrong assumption that my hair was hard to maintain because of my hair texture. I figured if I could loosen its texture, doing my hair would be super easy.
I did some research on texturizers or texlaxers. I thought, “Wow, this sounds like something I should try” but I was a little hesitant because I had just recovered from two previous traumatic hair experiences. After much deliberation, I decided to go for it.
I bought an over the counter hair texturizer, and applied it to my hair. Everything seemed to be going fine until I rinsed my hair and saw it in the sink. That’s right, my hair was falling out! I immediately panicked but managed to finish rinsing out the rest of the solution.
I applied deep conditioner*, placed a processing cap on, and decided to condition my hair overnight. I re-read the directions to make sure I followed them accurately. I also researched the product without finding many negative reviews. I gathered that maybe my hair just had a negative reaction to the product.
I continued conditioning my hair over the next few days until the hair loss ceased. I was left with uneven, stringy, thin hair but, thankfully, no bald patches. I decided to cut off the inches of damaged hair so my hair would appear healthier. It took a little while for my hair to snap back, but after much TLC, it began to return to its healthier state and I learned to appreciate my natural 4C kinks.
Well, that’s it for me, what are some of your natural hair horror stories?
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