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combing hair and shedding hair

luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
i definitely don't comb my hair daily or even weekly with a comb. i use my fingers to fluff. i do co washes and deep condition at least once weekly. i feel like i have a lot of full hair but when i do twists and i actually got through my whole head of hair i feel like i've lost a lot of hair. when i look at my hair i feel like i have a lot of hair but then when i look at what's come out i don't know if i'm losing too much. i look at a lot of them and see the little white bulb so i know it's not breakage but probably just shedding but still.

do you think if i take hair vitamins that will impact the amount that is shedding? is this normal? should i be combing through my entire head more frequently?

also i'd really like to keep my hair loose and not go back to locs just yet. does your hair drop instead of go out at a certain point or will i continue to have the fro? i'm getting better about just having a cowash and go look but i'd like to have more dropping of my hair.

any thoughts would be greatly appreciated
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  • foxycus02foxycus02 Posts: 918Registered Users
    Hmm let me attempt to reply. I comb and detangle my hair everyday with a jilbere shower comb. Its kinda scary the amount of shedding I get when I dont comb it in a few days. I feel that when I style my hair without beginning from scratch I do more damage to my hair and I def see it in the comb next time I fully detangle.

    Two, you dont need to take a hair vitamin. If you already are taking a multi. I made that mistake and couldnt understand why I was always nauseous. You might want to try enhancing your diet with a flax seed supplement. It helped my peeling nails stop peeling. So I'm sure it has benefited my hair in some way (lol).

    Hair grows down with length. When short my hair grows up and out. Now that its longer, I guess the extra bit of length weighs it down. So it grows down and out.

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  • curlynikkicurlynikki Posts: 2,420Registered Users
    luvmylocs wrote:
    i definitely don't comb my hair daily or even weekly with a comb. i use my fingers to fluff. i do co washes and deep condition at least once weekly. i feel like i have a lot of full hair but when i do twists and i actually got through my whole head of hair i feel like i've lost a lot of hair. when i look at my hair i feel like i have a lot of hair but then when i look at what's come out i don't know if i'm losing too much. i look at a lot of them and see the little white bulb so i know it's not breakage but probably just shedding but still.

    do you think if i take hair vitamins that will impact the amount that is shedding? is this normal? should i be combing through my entire head more frequently?

    also i'd really like to keep my hair loose and not go back to locs just yet. does your hair drop instead of go out at a certain point or will i continue to have the fro? i'm getting better about just having a cowash and go look but i'd like to have more dropping of my hair.

    any thoughts would be greatly appreciated

    You could just be moulting, lol. I usually shed more in the summer, but I'm sure some people may experience more shedding later in the year. As long as you see the white bulbs and you don't see any thin spots, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. I really feel as if the henna has helped with my shedding. I use to lose a lot of hair (I detangle with my fingers everydary or every other day), but now I don't lose half as much. Even if 2 days have gone by between detangling sessions, the shed hair only equals the amount of half a cotton ball. Amazing. I've been taking vitamins for quite sometime (off and on), and I've never experienced reduced shedding until after I started henna'ing.

    As far as how your hair will grow out; my hair on the sides and front always grew down. The dense, coaser hair at my crown and the back of my head grew out, but with length it now grows down as well. Length definitely adds weight and your products add even more....especially if you use something like Fantasia IC. When my hair was shorter, and even pre-henna (just a month ago), I'd dry my hair in a low, loose pony tail. It helped my hair to 'set' in a downward position. Now if I do this, I'd pull all of the curls out!! If your hair is fine and you're interested in plumping the strands up, adding weight and conditioning, try henna ;) It has totally changed my life :happy4:
  • kdcreighkdcreigh Posts: 736Registered Users
    luvmylocs wrote:
    i definitely don't comb my hair daily or even weekly with a comb. i use my fingers to fluff. i do co washes and deep condition at least once weekly. i feel like i have a lot of full hair but when i do twists and i actually got through my whole head of hair i feel like i've lost a lot of hair. when i look at my hair i feel like i have a lot of hair but then when i look at what's come out i don't know if i'm losing too much. i look at a lot of them and see the little white bulb so i know it's not breakage but probably just shedding but still.

    do you think if i take hair vitamins that will impact the amount that is shedding? is this normal? should i be combing through my entire head more frequently?

    also i'd really like to keep my hair loose and not go back to locs just yet. does your hair drop instead of go out at a certain point or will i continue to have the fro? i'm getting better about just having a cowash and go look but i'd like to have more dropping of my hair.

    any thoughts would be greatly appreciated

    Hi, Luvmylocs

    This is a tough question to answer. If you remember, we are hair cousins. :afro: When my hair was longer (before I cut 3 inches off this summer), the hair on the top of my head would grow down, and the sides and back tended to grow out. Now that I've cut it shorter, it all grows out! I'm assuming that when it gets longer, at least the top of it will grow down again.

    I've seen your recent fotki pics - WOW! You've had some amazing growth this year. I've also noticed that you don't wear any hair accessories. You might want to consider using some head bands, hair cuffs, or hair clips in order to keep you from getting bored with your hair. Also, your hair looks like it's long enough for a low pony. If you want to try a pony, make sure that you get a clip made for thick hair. I have a couple of Franceluxe ones (from when I could do a pony). They're not cheap ($25), but they look like they're made for adults, not children.

    When I could do a pony, I would smooth pomade onto my soaking wet, detangled hair and then use a boar bristle brush to gather it back. Then I would quickly clip it before it exploded out of my hand. :laughing9:

    I've just ordered some Natural-laxer after seeing the results that curlynikki's friend had with it. I don't know if you've considered using this or are even interested but it may loosen your hair. I'm going to post my results, so if you're curious I'll be your guinea pig.
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  • runrunrunnerrunrunrunner Posts: 196Registered Users
    foxycus02 wrote:
    Hmm let me attempt to reply. I comb and detangle my hair everyday with a jilbere shower comb. Its kinda scary the amount of shedding I get when I dont comb it in a few days. I feel that when I style my hair without beginning from scratch I do more damage to my hair and I def see it in the comb next time I fully detangle.

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    yeah, for me personally i learned the hard way recently that i cant go THAT long without detangling. i tried the whole no combing for a while (for low manipulation purposes) and it turned out to be a big mistake for me. it defintely works out ok for some people, though. i think i'll stick to detangling at least once a week. lol
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
    thanks for all the info ladies!

    i'm going to try to get better about detangling a little more frequently...

    henna seems interesting but MESSY. i'm probably being a baby but that is a big drawback for me..

    i should try accessories...i have some from my loc days. i have a few of those thin head bands, maybe i should see if they work....i think i'm at least another year away from a ponytail...
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  • dsg-girlycurlydsg-girlycurly Posts: 343Registered Users
    I try not to comb my hair more than 2-3 times a month and when I do comb it is with a giant rake/shower comb while my hair is wet and full of conditioner. Even though my hair is very loc prone I find that combing 2-3 times a month is sufficient detangling with minimal hair loss; other than that, I finger comb.

    However I must say this is difficult for me because I love the feel of the comb going through my hair but it definitely saves me on snapping hair off prematurely.
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  • Tanta65Tanta65 Posts: 112Registered Users
    honestly my hair use to shed alot, i use to want to break down and cry in the shower when i use to wash my hair and feel like i have nothing left cuz so much shed, but now my hair barely sheds because;

    -i do conditioning rinses everyday
    -i ensure that i do an oil treatment or deep condition my hair every week (one week i do an oil treatment and the next i deep condition then the next oil and so forth)
    -I clarify every now and then with ACV (very good in cleaning the scalp, taking out the dead skin and the dead hairs which i actually think is what help the most with my shedding)

    and now honestly i have absolutely positively no shedding, just that normal dead hair that's suppose to come out on a daily basis
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    I would shed a lot too if I didn't detangle with a combe every time I co-wash. Before I comb, I finger rake first. Also shedding amout is cyclical in some way. Last month I was shedding more than usual; this month less than usual.
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