Transitioning "Scab Hair" & The "How To Change Follicle Shape" Theory...
Scab hair and learning how to change hair follicle shape have become important subject in the natural hair community.
If you have not read any hair science books from certified trichologist (hair and scalp specialist) and health scientist, Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, you are missing out on a WEALTH of information.
In her book The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals the health scientist shares some interesting insights about the "scab hair" phenomenon and how to change hair follicle shape theory plays a major role. Below we share some of what we learned from her book and you'll also get links to her best-seller works at the end of this article. Check out what we learned from her about...
Perming and It's "Scab Hair" AFTER-EFFECTS when TransitioningAccording to the scalp specialist, one major way that perms and other relaxers may have an effect on your scalp can be heard in the natural hair community's debates about the myth or reality of "scab hair". Since it's impossible to form an actually scab on hair follicles we'll refer to it as "transitional hair".
Transitional hair (sometimes called "scab hair")is a phenomenon that many new naturals experience just after their Big Chop, and it is defined as a combination of dry, wiry and semi-straight natural hair that does not have a defined curl or coil pattern, even with the best curl defining products.
This transitional hair (aka "scab hair") is usually isolated to the first few inches of new growth that emerges after you've stopped relaxing with chemicals. Nobody knows for sure what the cause is for these changes to your hair - but there are some really good theories and we'll talk about it right now. [See DiscoCurls 10 Tips for Transitioning Curl Article HERE]
The "How to Change Hair Follicle Shape" Theory
According to the "how to change hair follicle shape Theory", extra-dry, unpredictable transitional hair is caused by actual physical changes to the hair follicles' structure as a result of the long-term use of chemical relaxers.
Transitional hair (scab hair) is a temporary hair situation that is usually resolved as the follicle heals and the hair grows and settles into its permanent natural state.
Some naturals are convinced that "scab hair" is a hair care industry myth or that it's something that was dreamed up by new naturals and transitioners to explain away their unwanted hair textures.
But for those who feel they have experienced "scab hair" or transitional hair themselves, it is all too real. But, since there's no specific scientific research to prove or disprove that transitional scab hair exists, theories are the only thing we have to work with at the moment. But the proof about scab hair is in the puddin' as they say.
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It’s possible that transitioning to natural hair after a big chop "scab hair" occurs because of residual relaxer chemical damage affecting, damaging and structurally-changing your precious hair follicles. Keep in mind, the chemical abuse was extensive for many new naturals.
Before abandoning chemical relaxers some Black women were perming and touching up their roots every 1-2 months. Even at this point though, this is not an official or scientific explanation, only conjecture.
Despite the issues big chop hair can create, it should not be viewed as "bad hair".
It's simply your hair’s inability to figure out what it is supposed to do now that it’s not getting it’s regular dose of chemical relaxer. But eventually nature takes its course and your true natural Black hair texture will eventually start to grow out like crazy.
Scab hair may be the very reason why so many newly natural women become discouraged early on in their natural hair journey and go back to permed relaxed hair.
The scab hair can be dry, frizzy and unruly and the struggle to keep your natural hair truly moisturized is challenging and it can get some women down and feeling like going back to relaxed hair, weaves and wigs.
The main issue is that new naturalistas are not used to mastering and working their natural hair and actually, at the newly natural point after a big chop your hair is living in a whole new existence and not used to being in its natural state which makes going natural all the more difficult.
It can be a lose/lose situation if you're not truyl ready for the natural hair journey or armed with accurate knowledge, the best hair regimen techniques and the right natural hair products.
Learn More About Scab Hair & How to Change Hair Follicle Shape
Check out these best-selling SCIENCE OF HAIR books from Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, her most popular book is The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care.
The information we learned and spoke about in this article is from The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals, available HERE: http://amzn.to/2bg3zPS