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I Am Not My Hair

I Am Not My HairEvery beautiful woman seems to be concerned about one thing.

Can you guess what that one thing is? No, you may be thinking relationships, work, children, self worth. Yes, she may think bout those things including health. You could say that what they think about is considered as a part of health. Every morning when a woman wakes up and gets everyone else taken care of, she goes to the mirror and thinks, “what can I do with my hair today?” Depending on her profession, her hair can hang if it’s long or put up in a bun. But for some of us, that is not the case.

There may be some women who feel they can be more beautiful with longer tresses but, what if you don’t have long tresses or it just simply won’t grown and you’ve tried everything?

Purchase a wig? Get braids? Add extensions? Whatever your decision, you are as beautiful as the day you were born with no hair. A video of a four year old girl was talking to her mother about a video she seen on her IPAD. The little girl kept saying the young man on the video wanted her to be happy and beautiful.

Everyday that you live know that you are a gift.

As the mother listened to the little girl explaining to her mother what the young man was saying, there was a caption in that video that the little girl suffered from hair loss called Alopecia after the loss of her grandmother and stress. This video went viral.

A few days later I had gone to my dermatologist and I too was diagnosed with Alopecia. My heart sank. I thought of the little girl who had brought me to tears earlier in the week. I didn’t know what to think. It frightened me because to me, my hair makes me beautiful. Prior to finding out the news, I was taking care of my tresses with washing, conditioning, oiling my hair, eating right, drinking plenty of water and exercising. This isn’t enough. Can you believe it? Supplements are good but, can’t take the place of proper nutrition.

Stress as mentioned earlier is also the cause of Alopecia. This hair loss is said to occur in African American girls and women. This is caused by the pulling of hair having braids which can cause damage to the roots and destruction of the hair follicles. This is Traction Alopecia. Chemical Alopecia comes from using hot oil treatments and pomades that may cause inflammatory plugging to the hair follicles. Damage to the hair follicles will no longer grow hair. I have both diagnoses.

When I look back as a child, I realized that I’ve always had this problem and didn’t know it.

My hair would grow, come out, grow, come out, grow and come out. Several month ago, my hair was neck length; now, it’s above my ears. All this time, I thought it was the medicine I was taking but, it wasn’t. Instructions were given on the care of my scalp alone. I wash my hair with a shampoo that contains an ingredient Pyrithione Zinc which controls itching and dandruff along with medicine that must be used twice a day for hair loss . I return to my dermatologist in three weeks.

Stacey Barlow is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire, a blogging community created by Annie Jennings.

In the end, the best for healthy hair is natural hair. {No pun intended}


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