I Wish There Were Challenges in The Natural Hair Community that Gave Us Answers To Some Of My Scientific Questions

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Have you noticed a trend lately on social media with all the crazy challenges? I mean seriously, how can people be that starved for attention? Fire challenge, really? I am most peeved about the fact that it’s mostly the black community participating in these hare-brained things. How about we participate in a challenge that actually is worthwhile? You know, like one that won’t disfigure us, or cause serious medical damage?

We in the hair community are still figuring things out about the proper care and maintenance of our hair. The information out there is more than it was a decade ago, but even so, credible information is still sparse. For the most part, we have been dependent on European studies to tell us something about our hair. It’s said that if you want something done properly, you must do it yourself.

So how about we start having challenges that offer some information on our hair? I know we’ve seen and participated in many thirty day challenges, but how many of them have been truly experimental to the point where it resulted in some hard scientific evidence that could be used to further explain aspects of our hair’s behavior?

Now I am not usually one to just go off my opinions as the basis for an article, though there is a segment for it on the site. I tend to like to write about things that can be substantiated by some semblance of concrete evidence.

However, I’ve been mulling over a few questions in my mind for the past few months, and I’ve been diligently searching for answers to some questions I have about issues related to postpartum shedding.

For those who might not have a clue as to what postpartum shedding is, it is a hair loss condition that happens as a result of having a baby. What we know is that for women who experience this, the hormone levels in the body after pregnancy drastically plummet, causing extensive shedding that is quite noticeable.


Based on what I’ve read, I have come up with a few theories that I want to share today to open up a discussion, because truth be told, this site is about learning about our hair, and discussions can go a far way with that.

Even better, if I can incite some ideas so that those in academia among us with the means to do research can do a study to put the matters to rest, it would be worth it to stick my neck out.

So as stated before, I’ve been thinking about this postpartum shedding thing, and I have come up with my own theories. Since every woman’s body is different, the reactions to pregnancy hormones will be different.

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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