Is my hair gonna grow back?
Men experience hair loss and just shave their heads bald. They shave their heads bald, grow a beard and call it a look. Some men experience hair loss at a young age, but the stigma are them embracing it by shaving is much lower than it is for women.
Sad truth is, something like 50% of women will experience hair loss in some capacity. The reasons for the hair loss are vast and often times the same as it is for men. The difference, is that women tend to be more concerned about the hair loss.
The main question, when a woman begins losing hair is;
WILL IT GROW BACK???😩
This can be a difficult question to answer, as it is not as straight forward as most would like it to be.
It ALL depends on you!
Yikes! What does that mean? Here are the factors to consider when we are talking about regrowing hair:
1. Hair loss is a SYMPTOM, not a diagnosis. It is likely happening due to direct and indirect internal health issues. Hair loss is a sign that you need to dig deeper into your health. You can start to find out what’s going on by getting certain blood and mineral tests
2. Are your follicles scarring? If your follicles have scarred over(think of a cut that heals and leaves scar tissue) then hair cannot regrow. Sometimes there is a window for this, depending on what you’re dealing with.
3. How long has this been happening for? Time frame makes a big difference as well. If hair begins to fall, its possible that you’ve been experiencing a health issue(s) for at least 3 months beforehand. Time frame also gives us insight into possible regrowth.
4. What medications are you starting and stopping? Medications effect you internally. Your body looks for homeostasis(regulation) when introducing new medications or removing old ones, your body has to adjust. Sometimes this can cause temporary hair loss. Think birth control. That is the most common example for hair loss on medications.
5. Is it an auto-immune and/or inflammatory issue? Auto immune issues cause the body to attack itself. All cells are destroyed, even healthy ones. Hair starts as a cell and is not exempt to the attack. Autoimmune issues can cause scarring hair loss as well.
6. Stress management. This can be a broad term. But consider your every day life. Anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns. Also, think about sleep patterns, habits, coping mechanisms and over all food consumption. Find ways to activate the parasympathetic(rest, relax, digest) nervous system.
Find your balance to live less in fight or flight and more in rest and relax
7. Working with medical professionals you trust to help get to the root of the problem is imperative. As a certified trichologist, my job is to act as the look out and the bridge between your hair/scalp and your health.
Now that you have this info, when I say “it all depends on you” I mean, once you are informed of the state of your hair and scalp and have your next step, its up to you to get the process going. It can be scary, because once you dig, you may find more going on than you bargained for(incidental finds).
If you are working with me, I will help guide and inform you, but i cannot make you face the music. Hair loss is a very sensitive and personal issue and for many women it can make or break self esteem.
If you are experiencing hair loss, lets schedule a in depth hair loss consultation so we can start making positive changes in your hair and your life.
So you want long hair, huh?
The journey is not QUICK! It takes time and dedication to achieve results. The foundation for achieving length is the health and quality of the hair.
This is another reason why I suggest booking packages because it creates consistency and ease. Setting up each appointment with the special care and individualized treatment for your hair.
Do not take getting your hair cut lightly. Keeping the hair trimmed is another component to healthy hair. I do not usually suggest a general time frame for trims, because it depends on each client's lifestyle and normal hair habits.
I have a specific client I’ve been working with for about 3 and a half years now. She began her journey on a weekly basis. We started with a big chop and then for a while we had to trim often to stay ahead of the splitsville curve. As her hair grew and we got into a groove of how she wanted to manage her hair, style wise. At that point we maintained treatments at least once a month and trimmed as needed. This is what boosted her ability to retain length.
Her hair has gone from, just reaching the bottom of her earlobe(2017) to the middle of her back(present day)
Not everyone’s journey will look the same. The rate of hair growth needs to be taken into account. Ones health needs to be considered, home hair care habits and so on and so forth. This is why consultations are so important, to evaluate and properly present an approach that works for you.
Consultations are not just for new clients! Let me be your healthy hair guide. Consultations help everyone keep their HEALTHY hair goals up front.
What’s all that on your scalp?
What does scalp build up look like?
I posted this a while ago. This is a basic explanation for scalp care and build up. This is for my ladies that have fairly normal scalp issues. If you shampoo and then in a week(5-7 days) your scalp is itchy and perhaps mildly flaky, you probably need to take a look at what you’re using to shampoo.
Scalp care is different from hair care. And SOMETIMES certain hydrating/moisturizing shampoos can add to the problem. This is because the scalp needs different treatment from the hair.
Build up can come from product and the natural production oils and sweat. This can present as mild flaking. Nothing extreme, but perhaps noticeable enough to be a little uncomfortable. This is commonly mistaken for dry scalp.
To cleanse build up and relieve naturally oily scalp:
💜use a clarity shampoo at the scalp first(once or twice)-clarifying shampoo is a “grease buster”, if you will.
💜then use your balance wash
If you normally have an itchy scalp, try using a clarity shampoo first and then a soothing shampoo(think tea tree and peppermint)
Remember shampoo is for the scalp and conditioner is for the hair. If you apply conditioner and oils directly to the scalp you are increasing your chances of perpetual build up.
I will post more about specific scalp issues and what they may indicate soon.
here’s the video to explain the basics
The SilkOut System-How to Shampoo your hair
How to use the SILK OUT SYSTEM at home.
-Silk Out SERUM
I just want to outline a few tips for shampooing and caring for your hair.
• Always start with sections. It makes the whole process easier.
• Apply shampoo to the scalp and regrowth area.
• Scrub and massage shampoo at the scalp and regrowth area(do this within each section)
• Let the suds run down the ends of your hair but don’t scrub the ends to aggressively.
• Rinse shampoo
• Do the shampoo process up to 3 times. Clarity first, then the balance wash
• Apply conditioner to the mid shaft and ends of the hair(continuing with sections)
• Comb/brush conditioner through, thoroughly
• Let sit for 3-5min
• Rinse balance conditioner out of the hair all in one direction(continue with sections if necessary)
• After thoroughly rinsed, squeeze dry hair with towel (do not rub hair dry)
• Return to sectioning
• Apply serum to each section
• Comb through
• Blow dry OR apply styling cream
Whether you are shampooing weekly or bi-weekly, alternate the balance conditioner with a 1:1 mix of the KeraMask and Revive. A little goes a long way! Depending on the amount of hair you have.
• use a dime size of each(keramask and revive) for each section.
• Put in hand, emulsify together,
• then run through each section,
• then use your comb or brush to spread through thoroughly.
• Sit with a processing cap for 15-30 min
This is a deeper treatment options to help with balance and manageability.
❓I don’t have a curl pattern! 😩😩
✅It’s not that you don’t have a curl pattern. Here are a few things that can negatively effect your pattern
- heat damage
- water damage
- over manipulation
- open cuticle
- split ends
- lacking balance
❓What are the best products to use for my curl pattern?
✅Not Applicable! Lol! Curl pattern doesn’t determine the type of products you use. Density and texture can indicate the amount of product used
❓What’s my hair type?
✅Here’s a secret, it doesn’t really matter. Most people have a combination of patterns. Definition comes when the hair is properly balanced, the cuticles are sealed and hair is trimmed/cut
❓What’s my hair texture?
✅Hair texture is fine/medium/coarse
❓I’ve heard of heat damage, but I’ve never heard the term “water damage” is there such thing?
✅YES! Hair can be “over moisturized” just like it can have to much protein. The technical term is, hygral fatigue. This is when the hair has to much moisture and starts to break down.
❓Okay, so, when am I supposed to use protein?
✅ You need to get your balance in the same doses, so it’s continual. When I say this, I mean, you’re shampoo and conditioner should be providing this every single time. When you start adding protien separately it can be to much for the hair.
❓You mean I’m not supposed to use protein separately because it dries out the hair?
✅Yes, protein, when used improperly can create dry, brittle hair and can cause breakage and then you end up on a teeter totter of moisture and protein. Maintaining the balance each time you shampoo is what’s important.
❓All deep conditioners are effective, right?
✅ The short answer is no. Many over the counter deep conditioners are higher on the ph scale, and do not penetrate the hair strand or close the cuticle properly. This is why it is important to use quality professional products for intense conditioning. You want something that will restore and seal.
Visit silkoutsystem.com to check out quality products that give your hair what it needs every single time
Often, I meet clients that don’t know the difference between density, texture and curl pattern.
💁🏽♀️Curl pattern is the shape/aesthetic of the strands
Texture is: fine/medium/coarse
Density is: thin/thick
While it is typical of certain curl patterns to have similar textures, it is possible for
Two people to have the same curl pattern but different textures and densities.
💁🏽♀️Curl pattern does not influence the types of products used for healthy hair.
💁🏽♀️Balance will always be the baseline to healthy hair, no matter what, from no curl at all to the tightest, coily-est, thick or thin
When folks get caught up in hair care by curl pattern they start product hoarding....curl pattern is basically a marketing tactic
What ACTUALLY makes my curl pattern?
The misunderstanding is that products create the pattern. The way curls are marketed, it seems as if you can PICK the type of curl you want....
Here’s the skinny....
💁🏽♀️The shape of your FOLLICLES is what determines your pattern.
💁🏽♀️Think in terms of threading and/or curling a ribbon.
-circular hole....thread ribbon, ribbon feeds through straight
-pinch the hole flat, change the angle....thread ribbon, ribbon feeds through curled
💁🏽♀️While follicle structure determines the curl or lack there of. Regular routine and treatment of hair, once it protrudes from that follicle determines its definition over time.
Make sense? ☺️
Many times people go natural to get away from the chemicals, not realizing that the “natural” products they are turning to are higher alkalinity and completely destroying porosity(the ability to retain moisture) Products that are high on the PH scale can open/swell the cuticle and keep it open. This leaves the cortex vulnerable to the environment, heat, products oils...etc... if the cuticle isn’t sealed back down it can’t actually hold moisture.
This is not to say that you should not go natural. It is merely pointing out that natural is not automatically healthier if you are using highly alkaline products.
Porosity is simply the hair’s ability to retain moisture.
The Ph of the hair will determine your hairs porosity.
Healthy hair and scalp ph sits at between a 4.5 and a 5.5
Chemical processes like relaxers and high lift color are high on the ph scale. Some reaching as high as 9-11...this means that it is fully swelling the cuticle to get to the cortex and rearrange and/or break hair bonds.
Using higher alkaline products on your hair on a regular basis, can be just as damaging as using the previously mentioned chemicals.
All roads lead back to balance and sealing that balance in. if the PH is raised, it must be regulated to stay healthy.
Here’s an article that will give you a little more clarification on PH
Also, visit silkoutsystem.com to purchase quality products that maintain your hairs healthy PH balance.
Your gut or digestive tract starts when food enters your mouth and exits, well, you know where 😉
So it stands to mention, that’s where the health part starts.
Now, I don’t have ALLL of the nitty gritty specifics at this time, so my description will be pretty basic. But, once I am done, you will understand what I’m saying.
Our digestive system has a thin lining that I’m going to liken to a balloon, for demonstration sake. So just imagine what a balloon feels like in your fingers. It’s sturdy to a certain point, right? Especially before it’s blown up. (Insert description of filling up balloons with or without holes)
When it is compromised, toxins can sneak into our blood stream. The blood stream is supposed to be a sterile space. This is ONE of the causes of chronic inflammation.
Now, the compromised lining can’t do a good job of filtering what is good and what is bad. As a result digestion and nutrient absorption is disrupted. The good stuff that you need isn’t absorbed properly and slips away into the blood stream(becoming toxic, because it’s not supposed to be there) and the bad stuff is free to wreak havoc wherever it pleases.
Our gut flora(gut bacteria) should be 85% good and about 15% bad. When we have “leaky” gut, the bad bacteria can grow. The food we eat every day can turn this into a deadly situation.
How does this tie into hair?
Well, the hair cell gets its nutrients from the body! So if your body is lacking, your hair is lacking. When all of this stuff is off balance and you have toxins floating around, the hair cell cannot be fed adequately. This can result in poor hair production/quality and/or hair loss. These kinds of issues can also result in scalp maladies as well. Whatever is showing up externally is a manifestation of what’s happening internally.
The solution is NOT to crash diet. There are steps to you can take to make better choices that safely address some of these issues.
How’s your diet? Gut health starts from the minute you put that fork to you lips, to the minute you eliminate it.
We will not always be perfect and it is ok to indulge every now and again. But if you’re diet consists of fried foods, sugary snacks and drinks, a ton of dairy, and simple carbs.....you might want to re-evaluate. Before you get to the point that you can’t identify what’s even causing certain issues.
Btw: this is the most basic explanation. There’s always more to it, because when it comes to evaluating healthy and the ways you should be eating...it should be by and individual evaluation basis. In other words, look into the way your body is functioning and what you need specifically for the best results.
Healthy hair is not topical or separate from the rest of you. There needs to be synergy and alignment.
In a nutshell.... your blood is your bodies transportation system. Kinda like the subway in a big city.
🩸blood depends on adequate circulation and force to get from point “A” to point “B”
🩸it carries all the nutrients and oxygen to their respective stops
🩸the blood replaces CO2 with oxygen at each cell stop
🩸when the subway is empty, it still makes its stops. If there are always people waiting to get on(CO2) but no one waiting to get off(oxygen) then the blood can become toxic and can’t feed the cells properly....if the system is overcrowded, then transportation can become slow.
🩸If the body is nutrient deficient, lacks oxygen, and/or has slow delivery(bad circulation), it is not able to do its job properly
🩸remember, the top of the head is one of the last points of circulation. So, if all the passengers(oxygen and nutrients) have gotten off the subway, BEFORE the blood gets to the hair cells, there’s nothing left.... the hair cells suffer because they haven’t gotten fed and this can result in temporary hair loss. If this pattern is perpetuated over long periods of time, the loss can become permanent.
🩸manage these things by:
-lowering stress levels in the body
-protecting mental health
-having a mindful diet
-healthy sleep patterns
-staying hydrated(drink your water AND eat your water - we’ll talk about that later)