One point for all newly naturals to remember is that scab hair is a TEMPORARY phase.
This unruly, unwilling to listen to you hair is learning just as you are learning. It may be overly dry, overly thick, under moisturized and downright under the weather. Give it time while you allow it to grow and find out what it needs.
One thing is your scab hair will need lots of moisture. That should always be at the top of the list. Because of this issue, I would suggest conditioning more often and always do weekly deep conditioning treatments with heat under a plastic cap. Don’t forget to protect your ends and above all have patience.
Another point to remember is this temporary phase of hair will look very different as time goes on.
My hair did not curl when I first went natural. It was dry, and frizzy. To be honest it looked a little dusty. I was slapping all kinds of products I found on the shelves back then because there weren’t as many choices.
By the time my sister went natural 4 years later; my hair was curly, moisturized and no longer dusty so I was in a position to offer her some advice. Either way, remember that the scab hair phase is temporary phase and before you know it your true texture will shine through.
The last point to bring up is that not everyone will have the hair texture they desire.
I am quite sure many newly naturals go back to relaxed hair because they wanted a certain type of texture. OK, let me just come right out and say it…they want curly hair.
This is a touchy subject within the natural hair community as many women are forever on a quest for the perfect curl, a certain curl or just ANY curl. I call this chasing the curl dragon.
The sad part is that your natural hair may be curly but scab hair may not! Despite what your hair will eventually end up doing the journey is about self-love.
It’s about loving whatever texture you have and realizing how beautiful your natural hair is. Even scab hair is beautiful hair despite the challenges it poses.
With love, attention, patience and knowledge, any natural can get through the scab hair phase with a better understanding and appreciation of her hair. Scab hair is temporary hair so give it TLC and patience and your scalp will give you your true natural hair texture when it’s ready.
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Originally posted 2014-01-13 15:00:42.