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Tray213
09-05-2006, 10:34 PM
I know this question has probably been asked a million times before so I won't be tight if anyone flames me.

I'm 16 (goin on 17) and lately I've been having hair problems,it started a while back when I was about 13,my mother noticed it but did'nt have much advice for me.

I tried going to some specialists but not alot of people in my area,(or in the internet appearently)specialize in african american hair (and I KNOW theres a difference,try using regular products).

So as far as proper hair growth,and optimum health,does anyone have any advice on shampooing and conditioning?

Should I use any treatments as well.

To give anyone a picture of my situation I'll post some pictures of my hair.



I basically just want it to grow better,I know it won't over night but I'm pretty sure there are somethings that can make it alot more managable.


I use Organic Root Stimulator Uplifting Shampoo and Organic Root Stimulator Maionaise Conditioner for 30 minutes after shampooing.

Sometimes I use organic root temple balm to help fill in my thinning receeding hairline but I have alot of gaps in my head so it does'nt really make it look better.http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n139/Nutmeg213/141245481605_290.jpg http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n139/Nutmeg213/141245528965_290.jpg http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n139/Nutmeg213/141245551749_290.jpg http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n139/Nutmeg213/141245462917_290.jpg

akahlf
09-06-2006, 08:04 AM
Welome, BruhMan....

Let's see....I was just looking through the Alopecia/Hair loss thread and noticed that some of the ladies have not had great experiences with the ORS products due to burning/irritation. Maybe you should read that thread and judge for yourself.

Having said that, I also read that nightly scalp massages using shea butter, olive oil, wildgrowth oil, or other essential oils (like rosemary and sage) have helped some posters with hair growth.

Have you considered that your hair pattern may be hereditary? From what I understand, hair patterns are inhereted from our mothers.

Good luck to you...I hope you find what works for you.

Naturally Divine
09-06-2006, 08:59 AM
Are you referring to your hairline in the photos? I asked because I don't see any problems with your hair or is it just me? I agree w/ Akahlf, our hairlines are hereditary (not much of our control). My childhood friend hairline is exactly like yours and so is her mother and grandmother. Men are subject to hairlines such as this as well.
Why would you think it’s not your hairline? Have you worn tight braids in the past? Have you tired Rogaine?

*Hairlines are subject to change.

Tray213
09-06-2006, 01:36 PM
Welome, BruhMan....

Let's see....I was just looking through the Alopecia/Hair loss thread and noticed that some of the ladies have not had great experiences with the ORS products due to burning/irritation. Maybe you should read that thread and judge for yourself.

Having said that, I also read that nightly scalp massages using shea butter, olive oil, wildgrowth oil, or other essential oils (like rosemary and sage) have helped some posters with hair growth.

Have you considered that your hair pattern may be hereditary? From what I understand, hair patterns are inhereted from our mothers.
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I did consider that it might have been something my family went through at my age but what convinces me the most is when I see pictures of myself when I was younger.

My hair use to be alot better but when I use to mess with it and pull on it I might have damaged some follicles or something :(

But I'll try that black soap and shea butter stuff I heard about on this forum,I already ordered a free sample and they should be here in a few days.

MeechUK
09-06-2006, 05:08 PM
Hi BruhMan,
you could try looking at your diet. Some protein diets are good for hair health. Also you could look at the chemicals in your shampoo products. Also look at products that don't contain mineral oil or other pore clogging ingredients. Some shampoos contain harmful chemicals and a good alternative is to wash your hair with conditioner.

Jojoba oil is a good substitue for grease and daily use. It helps to keep your hair follicles clean and unplugged because it is very similar to the scalp's natural sebum, especially if there is overproduction of natural sebum which can cause hair loss. Jojoba actually dissolves excess natural sebum (*hope I'm spelling this right!), keeping your hair follicles clean and clear. It is quite expensive, only organic and pure oil will be most effective anything less could cause clogging, but a little goes a long way.

An added bonus is that it leaves your hair moisturised without feeling greasy because it melts into your hair and scalp. Your hairline is hereditary and your hair looks good especially as it is very short. But Jojoba oil can also improve your hair health and thickness, if it is not healthy.

Hope this helps,
MeechUK

Tray213
09-06-2006, 05:33 PM
Hi BruhMan,
you could try looking at your diet. Some protein diets are good for hair health. Also you could look at the chemicals in your shampoo products. Also look at products that don't contain mineral oil or other pore clogging ingredients. Some shampoos contain harmful chemicals and a good alternative is to wash your hair with conditioner.

Jojoba oil is a good substitue for grease and daily use. It helps to keep your hair follicles clean and unplugged because it is very similar to the scalp's natural sebum, especially if there is overproduction of natural sebum which can cause hair loss. Jojoba actually dissolves excess natural sebum (*hope I'm spelling this right!), keeping your hair follicles clean and clear. It is quite expensive, only organic and pure oil will be most effective anything less could cause clogging, but a little goes a long way.

An added bonus is that it leaves your hair moisturised without feeling greasy because it melts into your hair and scalp. Your hairline is hereditary and your hair looks good especially as it is very short. But Jojoba oil can also improve your hair health and thickness, if it is not healthy.

Hope this helps,
MeechUK
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No doubt,you know any websites or places I could get some of that jojoba oil?

misstoyaj
09-06-2006, 08:04 PM
from looking at your pics, is your scalp bumping up? because i just posted a topic about that. the guy i'm seeing has that problem and he said it's been like that since he was younger, but now i think it's making his hair thin out. i'm not sure. let me know if that's what going on with you! because i've been trying to figure if thats what going on with him, but he isn't letting me know. maybe he's self conscious about it, i dont know.

MeechUK
09-07-2006, 05:29 AM
No doubt,you know any websites or places I could get some of that jojoba oil?
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Hi BruhMan,
all good health food stores should stock pure Jojoba oil. I don't know where you live so alternatively if you can't buy it locally, you should try the internet. I just posted a reply on MissToyaj's previous post which you might find useful.

HHG,
MeechUK

Liberate
09-07-2006, 11:26 AM
Do you wear wave caps or fitted hats? If so that could make your situation worse... If you wear a wave cap don't wear it too tight. Maybe you can ask your derm if there are any African-American derms in your area.

HTH

just.add.water
09-07-2006, 07:07 PM
Any healthfood store in the area should carry it. It is expensive. In my area we are talking 8-10 dollars for an 8 oz bottle and 43.00 dollars for about 20 oz I think. But it is worth it. Great for your skin too.