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the tale of my hairline…

Avatar • Feb 3, 2009

anonymous left a comment on my sunday retrospective asking what i had done to revive my hairline

well, to answer that question i must tell a nappy fable: the tale of my hairline… 

my hairline never struggled when i was growing up. probably because my mom never let me put in braids. actually she did. once. it was for church camp. (despite my best efforts, it didn’t get me any play.)

6 years later, when i started college, they became a staple. i had brown ones, black ones, even red ones, and back then, my idea of ‘going natural’ was using human hair instead of synthetics.

this was my look right here…

and here…
weave (on me, not her) and blue contacts… combined, we could be lil’ kim…

anyway, the extensions were just too heavy for my follicles, and i was getting semi-serious breakage at the scalp line. luckily, i chopped all my hair off after college and, like brittney (and hopefully, whitney) my hairline made a comeback.

…sproutin up defiantly and what not. 

but i regressed back into my extension addiction, and this happened…

now, don’t look at this picture and be fooled by this “cute” style… don’t say to yourself, this is a “cute style.“
my eyebrows were pulled, like, 3 inches up my forehead, and you could see every last one of my oblong hair follicles. that sheen on my forehead is cuz the skin was pulled so taut, and i’m probably laughing to hide the pain… the literal, throbbing pain. 

three weeks later, i took the rows out and…

my hair line was like… like L.A. after the Rodney King riots…

totally decimated… like some tiny, evil little hair pixie had taken a lawnmower to my scalp. 

i have steadily nursed my hairline back to life since then and this pic shows the napp colonies *finally* thriving along the hairline frontier (IGNORE the crazy twist in the front!! this pic is for educational purposes only!!)

i don’t use a particular product. but i now know that extensions are OFF limits, and i only use soft, cloth headbands. also, i massage moisturizer directly onto my hairline every morning as i weep silently and say, ‘i’m sorry…”

thoughts?

***update @ 9:50 p.m.***
i know that my hair is too soft/light to support extensions, but am i in the minority? i put a poll on the right side of the screen (below the blog follower list) where you can vote to say whether or not your hair can support extensions…

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love&nappyness
love&nappyness
11 years ago

i love you for posting this girl! my hair was strong enough to withhold POUNDS of synthetic extentions (from back in the day) and years of mistreatment. now i really take care of my hair, but my hairline, or more specifically my baby hairs DISSAPPEARED when i used ampro gel. i just made a youtube video about that experience lol.

i’d love to get interviewed for this site! please e‑mail me at allienicole@gmail.com — i’m just about 9 years nattrallll 😀

😀

Gloria
Gloria
11 years ago

you like Badu Badu in the fourth pic 🙂

dasia
dasia
11 years ago

My hairline has suffered as well. I love getting box braids[conrows don’t agree with my hair] and they have never done damage to my hairline. Until, I got those micro braids! Omg they pulled out sooo much of my hairline it looks like I have mini bald spots. I’m using Castor oil to help thicken my hairline up.

The Notorious Z.A.G.
The Notorious Z.A.G.
11 years ago

I’ve been natural for 5 years now. I cut the perm out and wore it in two-strand twists for a year. Then I grew locks for two years. I cut them off this past August, and have since glued and braided my hair. I have found that the more you take care of your hair, the more it is able to withstand. In spite of the tracks/weaves, I have been able to successfully grow my hair about 3.5 inches in 6 months.Oh, and a trick I discovered for making cute puffs: use a black knee-high; the nylon is gentle on… Read more »

Jc
Jc
11 years ago

Familiar story for so many. Tight braids or cornrows are a definite no. 

On a side note — the freckles are cute! (I can be quite shallow at times :))

Black girl with long hair
Black girl with long hair
11 years ago

@ gloria, badu was my nickname in high school, lol. maybe i’m erykah’s long lost 4th child…

@ jc, thanks girl, for appreciating my random features, lol.

Ebony Intuition
Ebony Intuition
11 years ago

My solution for keeping the hairline in take is Doo Gro oil, helps stimulate growth while your hair is weaved or braided. Ever since i started using it I haven’t had any issues with my hair line.

Eva
Eva
11 years ago

I completely understand your hairline issues. I was lucky, my dad didn’t let me put extensions in my hair til my late teens and because of that they never really became a staple.  But whenever i had braids in (or even worse, canerows) I would get the little white bulbs at my hairline.  The lil white bulbs that signalled hair loss (do you get those too?). And when the braids came out they took my hairline right along with them. Being a lil slow to note the correlation, its only recently that I have banned braid extensions from my head and I’m… Read more »

Rubinstein
Rubinstein
11 years ago

Im becoming seriously addicted to your blog as i have discovered sooo much through the interviews and tips you posted.I have relaxed hair (i had natural hair for 17years then relaxed it, then went back to natural with braids for a year and relaxed it again!), im not gonna do a big chop as it feels too radical to me! I’ve always had long hair but im getting tempted by natural hair (im constantly scared to go bold when i rock relaxed hair LOL. Thats a weird personal fear of mine)! The first time i relaxed my hair was to… Read more »

jenteel
jenteel
11 years ago

l, thanks for sharing your story
i have never had problems with my hairline but know SO many women who have

besides castor oil already mentioned by dasia
NEEM OIL is beneficial to growing back the hairline

leila the 3rd photo of you is absolutely stunning!
that cut was gorgeous on you!
natural beauty to the fullest 🙂

Chanel
Chanel
11 years ago

LOL about the lil kim comment

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Hello, I love your blog. The same thing happened to me, but instead of braids, I kept pressing my hair for the past 2.5 years off/on!! Why because I didn’t take the time to properly learn to care for my hair while in grad school even though I started off heatless:(! Now I’m trying to rebuild my edges and temples. Any advice?? I know it took you nearly a year for it to start filling in, but do you take vitamin supplements as well? Is your hair in that area still thin, or growing back normally. Please let me know.  I… Read more »

Black girl with long hair
Black girl with long hair
11 years ago

@ anonymous… i do take vitamin supplements… not just for my hair tho, also for my body (i’m a HORRIBLE cook, and tend to under-eat).
i think there is definitely hope for you, but you have to understand the trauma your hair has been in. i would encourage you to stay away from anything that might unduly strain your hair (headbands, heat, extensions)… and make sure to massage a good moisturizer & seal onto your hairline every morning. i think the most important thing is that your hairline is stress free and moisturized.

Black girl with long hair
Black girl with long hair
11 years ago

@ anonymous… most of my hairline is back. but there is one section, by my right temple, that i’m working really hard to thicken up

Marie-Alice
Marie-Alice
11 years ago

Thank you so much! I appreciate your words of advice and I’m definitely never using any type of heat on my hair again, I haven’t since July. I will def. moisturize my hairline daily. 

-)

crist_lite
crist_lite
7 years ago

i laughed and laughed and laughed at this post!! it was very informative and inspirational, no doubt..but you are HILARIOUS!

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