multicultcurly wrote: »
The only cure is to wait it out. I realize that some people say there is no such thing as scab hair, but for me it is hair that is neither relaxed nor the natural texture; it's almost a dry, unruly hybrid. In the meanwhile, baby your hair with moisture, take vitamins, eat protein, drink lots of water, etc and your hair will eventually return to normal.
mariag002 wrote: »
Oh by the way, I found this article on Naturallycurly.com
Q: Can you address the phenomenon known as 'scab' hair? How exactly does the relaxer impact hair that has not grown in yet?
DIANE: Apparently 'scab' hair is the terminology that the lay girls have given to leftover relaxed hair that has not completely been cut off when growing out one's natural hair. Frankly, I wish people wouldn't use the word when they can easily cut off all the relaxer or simply use natural sets and products to create beautiful styles while going through the process. Most often, the remaining relaxer acts as a curly buffer, which visually makes the hair look texturized with the proper products. (The word scab in the medical world is a term for dried skin that forms over a wound to protect the skin while the healing process takes place.)
Why not take this healing time to appreciate the growing-out process and use natural sets described in Chapter 8 of 'Textured Tresses'?
The demarcation line where the relaxed hair and natural hair meet can be affected while natural hair is growing in. Depending on one's curl pattern, there may be a considerable amount of breakage. That's why using deep penetration and moisturizing conditioners are very crucial during this period. There are a few options. You usually have about five to eight months before you'll have to cut hair completely off or if the hair is wavy and curly, you can slowly cut the relaxer out.
And links to threads from other websites on the subject:
This one is more on the "controversy" of scab hair and whether it really exists:
ayotal wrote: »
i have to say that i agree that 'scab hair' (although some may not like the term) exists.
i am nearing 5 months post-relaxer, and the first 2-3 inches of my new growth had no pattern and were crinkly wiry and bent at weird angles. some had curl, but most were just really wiry and hard. this newest inch or so that has grown out is softer, shinier, and has a pattern. it is also finer and not wiry. perhaps the line of demarcation for some exists in inches, and not abrupt change.
maybe for some, they are mistaking their natural texture for 'scab hair' but I don't believe that's true for everyone, and I certainly don't believe it's true for myself, as the texture change is very real.
NubianPrize wrote: »
It sure is real & I'm still dealing with it. My hair has grown out about 2" since I did the BC in Feb,altho I've done some trimming since then. My situation is exactly like yours & there are weird effects still turning up. Today I found a very long strand...about 4" long on the left side of my head. It had a part zigzag part 4a texture & was longer than any other strand near it. The 4a part was closest to my scalp. I'm seeing more little coils & can feel them down at the roots. I've talked to several others who've had this weird hair grow in after years of perms.
Mixed Chica wrote: »
So How do you get rid of scab hair?
Is scab hair like split ends?
Yaya24 wrote: »
I did my BC on 6/5/09, and have experiences the weirdest knotting and dry uncooperative NG in some sections.. I just BC'd AGAIN (6/20).. took off about another 1/2 an inch.. I am hoping that this will help with my scab hair.. (which I do feel is a real, real thing).. in some sections of my hair, I am not experiencing the mess, but in others, I have the most unruly dry brillo pad feeling hair..
mariag002 wrote: »
I'm a little confused as to what "scab hair" really means. I had an awful dream last night that I had scab hair and I had to cut my hair bald LOL
Anyway, how many inches of scab hair do you have? I look at my hair and I sometimes wonder if there is such a thing and how many inches of this type of hair do I have. I really don't want to cut my hair again.
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