Bald Spot after getting a!

clbussieclbussie Posts: 115Registered Users
Hello ladies...I haven't been on the board in a really long time but I couldn't think of a better place to go for some advice. Here goes:

Monday night (yesterday), I decided to get a weave installed because I needed a break from my hair due to a number of reasons including working two jobs and not having enough time to devote to my 4a/b natural hair and frustration with the amount of time it takes to style it. The girl who did it braided my hair in a circle (the beehive). As she braided the outer part of my head, it wasn't too bad. However when she got to the middle of my head, the cornrows started to feel really tight and my scalp started to throb. Mind you, my scalp was already really tender from her yanking and pulling on my hair during the detangling process. She was not gentle at all. When she finished the cornrowing and begin sewing in the weave, I asked her the take out the top part of the beehive and rebraid it looser because it was really hurting me. She said sure, but kept installing the weave. I figured she was going to do it at a later point. She never did. Instead of saying something I just let her keep on telling myself that the pain would eventually subside.

By the time she finished, the pain was like something I never experienced before. The tension on my scalp was so bad I was literally shaking. Hoping it would be better in the morning, I went to sleep. I woke up today (Tuesday) and the pain was still there. I don't even know how I got through work. When I got home after leaving early from work, the pain still hadn't subsided. I took some Excedrin and took a nap hoping that the pain would be better when I woke up. Around 7pm, the pain was still unbearable. I couldn't even think. I was hesitant to take it out due to the cost and what I'd went through the night before, but I couldn't imagine dealing with the pain any longer. So I took it down. Boyfriend had to help because my hands were trembling so bad.

About halfway though taking down, I went to the bathroom to inspect my hair and discovered a sizable bald spot along my front hair line. It's not completely smooth but its pretty noticeable. I am attaching a pic so that you can see what I am talking about.

What can I do to help this?! How bad is this? Do any of you have suggestions of products or techniques that can help the hair grow back? Also what should I do to my hair in the meantime. I don't want to manipulate it too much because the scalp is still very tender. I'm so upset and disappointed in myself that I went this route and didn't say anything. All I wanted was a little break for a few weeks :(

Thanks so much in advance.
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  • *Marah**Marah* Posts: 8,032Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Holy smokes.. sorry that happened to you but gurl don't EVA let someone keep snatching on your doggone head braiding it so tight like that again in life!! Women need to learn to speak up to these damn hair stylists. Don't be scared..that's your darn head and money. And her happy azz is spending YOUR money too after she darn near half killed you!

    I think you might want to see a doctor..because that's surely a case of traction alopecia right there..lawd. There is the Women's version of Rogaine on the market. And hair vitamins. Also do not put anymore tension on your head with weaves, braids, tight ponytails, headbands, or anything else. Cause that will just make it worse!

    In the meantime if you are embarrassed.. rock some wigs. And don't use the combs in them. Use bobby pins for security. Plenty of folks do wig tutorials on YT and use them to give their hair a rest while they are growing it out. Good thing about wigs are you can easily take them off daily and take care of your OWN hair regularly.

    And some nice ones can be purchased for a good price.

    Hope things get better for you..and goodness I'm really sorry this happened to you. SMH.
  • AfroBuddhaDollAfroBuddhaDoll Posts: 22Registered Users
    The thing about a Bald spot is that if the hair was tugged severely from the scalp that it can take months - years for the hair to grow back. I have a Bald spot myself on the side of my hairline that I am currently working on. I was getting this "Hair Food" stuff that my local Beauty Supply sold but I noticed it was mainly Petroleum Jelly so that was a No-No.

    I am very into making my own Butters, Oils, Creams for my hair so I currently have a Mixture of: Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Peppermint Oil, (and Glycerin for the moisture aspect because this was at a time just my total hair serum) in a Bottle and I've been apply that to my edges and bald spot. It's been a very slow process, but it's slowly but surely working. I've had the Bald spot for about 3 years now, I was starting to give up (there is FEMALE Balding on my dad side of the family) but within the last 1 - 2months of me doing the drop or two on my edge and using my brush (boar bristle) it's been slowly but surely helping.

    You could use just like Castor Oil w/Peppermint Oil - Castor for Thickening of hair and Peppermint Oil stimulates the scalp to promote hair growth :). Any other oils to help with the process is up to you.

    The first picture is just to show what my edges are without damage. The second shows the Bald Spot. It wasn't the complete bald spot, in fact part of it was covered with my side gelled down. The 3rd is current (I just took that tonight for this posting :)). Sorry if the picture seems dark, due to my edges actually being blonde with the rest of my hair I felt it would be best to show it without flash. As you see I still have a lot to work on it but it's much better. MUCH better.
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  • Nappy_curly_crownNappy_curly_crown Posts: 4,162Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Girl I'm so sorry this happend. I'll echo Marah and say do NOT be afraid to speak up when you are paying your hard earned money to stylists. Honestly, you need to go back to her and demand your money back, and show her that bald spot and file a complaint with the Department of Health licencing board for your state (I'm hoping you used a licenced stylist).

    To help regrow that spot, you can use the mix that afrobuddadoll posted about and add a few drops of rosemary EO to it as well. No tension...No headbands, no puffs, none of that. Just let your hair and scalp rest and recover. If you just don't want to wear your hair out, then use Marah's suggestion and rock some wigs. You can put your hair in LOOSE twists under the wig cap and then put the wig on top. At night you can use the oil mix on the thin spot as well as the rest of your scalp.

    Again, sorry this happened to you.
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  • LadyV69LadyV69 Posts: 3,397Registered Users
    Sorry that happened to you, but I definitely feel your pain. My entire hairline had been obliterated when I first went natural, not just from weaves but from years of relaxers too. It's grown back some, but it's still thinner than it should be. Keep in mind that if your hair follicles are scarred, the hair may never grow back. That's not to say that happened in your case, but since I endured over 20 years of harsh relaxers, weaves and tight braid extensions, I know that a number of my follicles are scarred, so all of it may never grow back.

    You can try castor oil, tea tree oil and rosemary oil. Massage any or all of those oils on the bald spot twice a day for about 5 minutes at a time to stimulate your scalp. You can try Biotin too. It's a vitamin that's purported to promote hair health. Some people also swear by cayenne pepper, but I've never tried it, so I can't verify how effective that is.

    Also, how you handle your hair is important too. Like Marah stated, don't wear styles that will pull on your edges and stress them. That means no buns, puffs or ponytails. Wear out styles. If you put braids or twists in, don't put them in tight and don't put them near that bald spot.
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  • HomeGrownHairGirlHomeGrownHairGirl Posts: 296Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    @clbussie, This makes me really angry!:angry4: Unfortunately, most states do not yet require people to have any special certification/license to install weave like they do for other cosmetology services... My personal opinion is always get it done by a licensed cosmetologist; that way you can report any issues to the board. Was this in a shop or someone's home? Either way, the "stylist" needs to be contacted and made known of your issue. If she is in a shop, immediately let the shop-owner/manager know of your issue.

    Also, as the others have said you should never be hesitant to speak up about services you are receiving. My mother always taught me that if you are paying your money for something you have the right to make sure it is to your satisfaction.

    Anyway, best wishes in starting to restore your hair in that area. I would recommend taking vitamins (do not even need to be the hair kind, just a regular multivitamin can help; because they contain the B vitamins and more). Also, super low manipulation styles like the others mentioned...Cayenne pepper can work but I wouldn't use that yet because your scalp is currently sore/tender. You do not want to cause further irritation. You can also see a doctor to get recommendations, just to be on the safe side.

  • clbussieclbussie Posts: 115Registered Users
    Hello ladies,

    Thank you so much for all of your responses. It was not done in a shop but by a coworker's daughter that just graduated from cosmetology school in her home. It was totally my fault for not insisting that she stop.

    Yesterday I went to a professional natural hair salon, where I probably should have gone in the first place instead of going the cheaper route to have them survey the damage. They pointed out that there's another thinning spot on the other side of my temple as well that I did not notice. They gave me a deep condition and a trim because my ends were so jacked (due to me slacking on keeping up with trimming my hair).

    Its Thursday morning and my scalp is still noticeably sore. I'm going to take you all's suggestions and put my hair in a low manipulation style. I also did some research and read that Jamaican Black Castor Oil helps with growth stimulation so I picked some of that up from the beauty supply store.

    To say the least I definitely learned my lesson. Thanks for all your help!
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  • Jo SomebodyJo Somebody Posts: 1,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm really sorry that this happened to you. Please, do the world a favour and let the lady know that she messed up. I know her career isn't really your concern, but you could save future heads!
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  • KetchupKetchup Posts: 375Registered Users
    Don't think I could add anymore to what the helpful ladies have said. We all learn one way or another. Try and seek professional medical help if you can, and also consider some supplements like biotin.
    As for JBCO, I honestly don't see the difference between either apart from the price and smell.


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  • clbussieclbussie Posts: 115Registered Users
    I think I am going to go to the hospital today after work. Yesterday, my poor scalp was throbbing even though the weave has been out since Tuesday. I massaged my scalp gently only to find scabs scattered throughout the middle part of my head. Is that normal? Will the hair come out in the spots where the scabs are?
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  • forbeeforbee Posts: 441Registered Users
    clbussie wrote: »
    I think I am going to go to the hospital today after work. Yesterday, my poor scalp was throbbing even though the weave has been out since Tuesday. I massaged my scalp gently only to find scabs scattered throughout the middle part of my head. Is that normal? Will the hair come out in the spots where the scabs are?

    No, that is not normal! Seems like you had a bad reaction to the weave :(

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  • HomeGrownHairGirlHomeGrownHairGirl Posts: 296Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    NO, that is not normal AT ALL! Please DO seek medical attention...and keep us updated on how you are doing! Good luck!

    ETA: Once you are medically stable PLEASE let your coworker/coworker's daughter know that you are having these issues due to her improper weaving technique. You should not suffer in silence. I would definitely keep any medical documentation as proof to copy and show them...Keep the original documentation somewhere else. The doctor should be able to let you know if the tight braiding was the cause of the irritation/scabs (which I'm guessing it was). Honestly - not to sound litigious- but this is seeming more and more to me like you might have some sort of civil/small-claims suit. Really someone needs to reimburse your medical bill at the very least, if it can be proven your medical troubles are caused by the coworker's daughter's "technique."

  • Nubianprincess3Nubianprincess3 Posts: 1Registered Users
    Wow...the exact same thing happened to me. I went to my cousin (she is a professional) and she pulled my hair sooo tight..I had to take 2 800 milligrams of Ibuprofen and the pain was still there. My head was throbbing soo bad I had to sit in my car for 15 minutes before I left the salon. My hair was sore for two weeks..and I have a bald spot on the right side of my hair. Its been there for two months now, and I haven't seen any hair growth. I am nervous. I always get weaves, but the other people NEVER pulled my hair like that...and I NEVER had a bald spot....I keep trying to avoid looking at it because I feel like I am about to cry. The bald spot is VERY noticeable...
  • ToyToyToyToy Posts: 61Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I too have had thinning of my edges due to pulling by my braider. I've been massaging my edges with a mix of Jamaican Black Castor Oil, baobab oil and some other nice oils and added peppermint and rosemary essential oils. I've been doing this for a year now, and my edges are filling in nicely (it's taken a little longer as we're talking about 4.5 years of non-stop braiding, but it will happen). Since your case was a one-off, you may not have to wait as long. I definitely think castor oil is a good place to start. I mix it down with other oils because it is very thick, but if you fancy, you can use it neat.

    I hope you spot heals nicely - I definitely sympathise - I've been there and it's not nice. It's a large reason why I now do my own hair. I flat-twist it myself and I can loosen it up if it's too tight for my liking. Basically I am in control of my own hair and scalp.

    I find that (from my own personal experience) most hairdressers (especially braiders) really don't give 2 cents about your hair or the comfort of your scalp. And we are too scared to leave with our hair half done because, in part, we become dependent on them :-(.
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  • chelseymariechelseymarie Posts: 1Registered Users
    I'm glad I'm not alone. The exact same thing had happened to me, except even I got my hair done my friend was also there and she was saying that I was over reacting about the pain that I was experiencing. So I just SAT there and I let the girl keep braiding my hair and it as you said it was a very overwhelming pain however instead of taking it out when I should have I kept it in for about a month and a half and I noticed the whole time that there was a bad odor coming from the very top of my scalp and I washed it and it would go away and come back it wasn't until when I was taking it out that I realize that there was an oozing sore at the top of my head and as I was unbraiding my hair I started pulling out clumps of hair at a time and I stopped and I started crying. I finished taking out my braids and then I wash my hair with an anti dandruff shampoo it took about 2 weeks for the sores to heal now I have a bald spot about the size of my pointer finger and another one about the size of a dime. it has been about a month and I'm not sure if the hair is going to grow back and I am very scared.
    I am never letting anybody lay a finger in my hair again.
  • dolaresdolares Posts: 69Registered Users
    OMG girl I feel your pain I am growing in my sides using MTG oil daily and manetabolism vitamins taken daily you can give it a try. Remember to moisturize daily and seal. Protect those ends trim regularly, eat healthy and be patient. Yeah got my hair cornrowed for a funeral service it was way too tight she was like the pain will go away took the cornrows out my temples were thin and short. She was too rough yank and pull my hair. Dumb c**t ...I had to tell her to use a moisturizer, jack*** use a fine teeth comb. You are suppose to be a natural hair stylist and you don't know s#$%! Many of these hairstylist are imbeciles damaging peoples hair jealous of your hair. They don't know how to properly and carefully detangle hair, they don't section hair and shampoo, they don't know about pre poo. WE KNOW HOW TO TREAT NATURAL HAIR BETTER THAN THEM!!
  • 4bgirl4bgirl Posts: 2Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    HELLO LADIES , I got my hair braided a month ago and i took them down and one of the braids came out with my hair on the edges this has never happened to me before should i wait to get it braided again if  so how long should i wait i been going to the braider for 3 years now 
  • browngirl89yesbrowngirl89yes Posts: 1Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
    @4bgirl I would rest awhile on the braids. This has happened to me before and the only way I could grow my hair back is with time. It's never fun watching you hair be taken out. 

    This time though, I  am done with braiders/weaves. @clbussie how is your hair doing now sis? I know this thread is a fee years old. It is helping me though. This year I decided to go to The Weave Shop in Charlotte NC to get my hair weaved up to go with my shaved sides. Like this young  lady, I had tension at the very crown of my head like none other. By the time she had sewn everything in, my eyes were watering and scalp stinging.  I couldn't take it. So I asked them to remove the weave. They would not refund me back my money, but told me that I could come back to have the weave reinstalled when my beehive braids loosened.  Fast forward three weeks,  my mother and I began to take my hair out and with  it came about half my Palm of hair. Ya'll,  I cried so much. This has never happened to me. I am natural and don't do weaves or braids much. This one time I decided to try and be extra,  I have a bald spot at the top of my hair. I believe if I had sides, my  results would have been like many of you with no/thin edges . I am grateful that I can cover it with the rest of my hair, but I am traumatized. Before I was more willing to allow others to do my hair. Now, I will not allow another person to do. This all happened about 2 weeks ago. Although my scalp is no longer tender, I just have this spot now. I am currently using coconut oil, Shea Butter,  and ORS  fertilizing serum for the scalp. Also, I am finger combing my hair  now. I only lightly  twist my hair at night and wear it free during the day. Any other suggestive products you all think I could use? I will go through the thread as well to gather all suggestions.  Ya'll stay blessed and take care or your hair.
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,840Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    Thanks for joining us, @browngirl89yes
    I'm sorry for the traumatic events — it's so frustrating! 

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  • AddeeAddee Posts: 412Registered Users Curl Connoisseur

    Sorry you ladies went through this. I've never had a weave but I have had individual braid extensions a few times and they gave me a headache. I don't do them. Honestly, this is one of the reasons I don't let people in my hair. I'm not downing all stylists but my past experience was me asking them not to do certain things I knew my hair/scalp wouldn't like and them ignoring my request and doing it anyway. What you have is traction alopecia. The number one thing is NO TENSION. using oils like JBCO may help you grow it back. It did take time though. Best of luck.

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  • bomegabomega Posts: 1,355Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I'm so sorry you ladies are going through this. In addition to what you are doing, have you tried taking hair vitamins? Last year I took 1mg biotin/day along with a few other supplements (not hair vitamins) for a few months for another health issue and as a pleasant side effect I notice considerable new hair growth. If you want to try this, I have read (here on and elsewhere) that biotin ideally should be taken along with Vitamin b5 for healthy hair growth.
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