My hair loss nightmare began after I received a keratin treatment on my 4c textured hair. I experienced a painfully tender scalp, bald spots, and massive shedding for many months.
It took a long time to recover because I was ignorant of what to do. I had to learn the hard way how to manage my 4c hair during this traumatizing time.
Many people have keratin treatment done without any adverse effects. Unfortunately, that wasn’t my case. In fact, the treatment turned out so well on a friend’s hair that I decided to do it.
The treatment seemed to be the answer to my prayers, but that didn’t last too long.
Clumps of Hair
Once I received the treatment clumps of hair began falling out, especially after combing. I started noticing my receding hairline, thinning hair, and a weird texture.
I did everything I could think of to help myself but it all seemed to be a waste of time. Some ideas were good, and in hindsight, others didn’t make much sense.
I tried to wash the keratin out as a few people suggested but that also was in vain. Drenching my hair with ocean saltwater, left me less than impressed with myself.
Wearing headwraps daily, neither were messy cornrows. Any tight hairstyle was off-limits and so was leaving my hair out because it tangled too much.
For months I stressed as I’ve never stressed before. I didn’t know if my hair would grow back and wondered if I finally did something that permanently damaged it. Honestly, it was too much to cope with.
The Big Chop
After a few months, I shaved my head because I rather have no hair than keep being traumatized over things I couldn’t control or understand.
In retrospect, knowing what I know now, patience and consistency were the keys. I would have been able to overcome the situation if only I had some patience and ceased stressing about it.
Had I thought logically instead of emotionally, I could have solved my problems a lot sooner.
If you’re experiencing hair loss because of a keratin treatment, I want to let you know that every little thing will be alright.
You DO NOT HAVE TO SHAVE YOUR HEAD for your hair to recover in a healthy and sustainable way. You just need to follow a consistent routine to help your hair become stronger.
There are a few techniques that may help you recover from hair loss after getting a keratin treatment if you are in need of help. These suggestions aren’t radical, but rather very useful.
The best thing you can do is aid the natural process of your hair. Focus on strengthening, hydrating, resting, and increasing your blood circulation, will increase the chances of recovery.
A simple and realistic routine can do wonders. You don’t need expensive products to pile onto your hair, or go to extreme measures to recover your hair loss. You need a simple and realistic routine to support your hair.
The techniques which helped me recover were ones I already knew. I just had to put them together. For example, when I big chopped my 4c hair, I massaged my head daily with oil.
I unconsciously massaged my head while trying to find relief from my itchy, burning, tender scalp. I also used rosemary essential oil along with olive oil to help my hair recover faster.
It wasn’t easy, and I gave up many times by shaving my head at least two more times when things didn’t work out as I thought they would have.
Once my scalp wasn’t tender I transitioned to protective styles such as twists, box braids, cornrows, and anything that prevented me from combing my hair too frequently.
In chapter three of my 4c hair care manageability journey, I did a quick 5-year update on my 4C hair loss
When my hair wasn’t in protective styling I struggled with managing it. I felt that the keratin treatment had lasting effects and it was frustrating to deal with. This is why I decided to do things my way and began my hair journey to manageability.
I finally understood that facing the problems head-on was more preferable than continue running from them. I got that message after shaving my head three times.
The last big chop was in December of 2016. I grew my hair to shoulder length by 2018. Sometimes it’s best to move forward from the middle position that you are in vs. starting over.
Keep calm. Follow a few simple techniques to improve your hair loss recovery. YOU GOT THIS! GOOD LUCK!