3 Easy Ways to Grow and Tame Your Hairline

If you’ve been following my blog and vlog, then you know that I’ve been having some serious hair issues. Since my hair loss announcement, and I’m happy to say that I’ve been making some progress. I’ve got my edges back!

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Okay, I admit that I have a ways to go, but it’s progress. I can’t complain because my hairline has come a long way. I’ve taken the necessary steps to promote growth. Thanks to those who chimed in with their advice and remedies.

Here’s what I’ve been doing to regrow my edges.

1. Moisturize. I have extremely dry hair and it tends to break easily. I apply oils throughout my hair and edges in the morning and night. I share some of my favorite oils on my YouTube channel.

2. I traded in my wig cap for a satin scarf. As I mentioned, I wear a wig at work. My hair has been through a lot of damage before I decided to go natural. Wig offers protective styling, but it can also lead to breakage. I think my hair loss was due to my hormones going out of whack as a result of my pregnancy. However, the wig cap didn’t help the situation. I also sleep with a satin scarf to protect my hair from drying out at night.

3. Avoid brushes and combs. Brushes can be hard on my hairline. I’d rather use my hands to smooth the area and then put my satin scarf to tame it.

 

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Anchor Woman and Cancer Survivor Removes Wig On-Air

It’s interesting how a life changing experience can have an effect on us. Just a few years ago I gave birth to my daughter and notice that I began losing hair postpartum.

Hair loss after giving birth is normal. But, I also realized that I was damaging my hair putting chemicals in it. I decided to ditch the relaxer.  Women have told me that I inspired them to do the same. It makes me feel great that I’m making a difference in a positive way, and I’m also setting an example for my children. Recently, I read about an anchor woman in Memphis, Tennessee who also made that same decision.

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News anchor and cancer survivor Pam McKelvy announced, “I’m going natural. No more relaxers to straighten my hair.” During the newscast she talked about how chemotherapy caused her to go bald, and felt that she needed to set an example for women.

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McKelvy, who’s is also a former Miss Kansas America said, “I made my choice also because I think about the message I send to young women about confidence and self-acceptance,” she explained. “The times are changing, and God’s delivered me with a brand-new spirit and a head full of hair, and here it is.”

I admire her strength and poise throughout this ordeal. My condition pales in comparison to her situation. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for her to fight this terrible disease. However being in the side field, I know just how important hair is. One co-worker told me that she wasn’t able to wear her natural curls because the managers said that it looked too ‘beachie.’

There have been other news women who’ve have decided to no longer to relax their hair. Some have decided to wear wigs as a way of protective styling (like myself). But, it’s only a matter of time before I ditch my wig too. Hopefully, more women will do the same. In the meantime, check out Pam McKelvey’s story.

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How I Keep My Hair Moisturized

It’s been almost a year and a half since my big chop (BC), and two years since my last relaxer. My hair has come a long way. My hairline is slowly getting back to normal.

One of the things that’s been essential to the overall health of my hair is keeping it moisturized. Check out how in the video below.

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Beware of Protective Styles

If I knew that going natural would mean years of heartache and losing my hair, I would have reevaluated my decision to ditch the relaxer. The plan was to take advantage of protective styles so that my hair could grow back. So far, it’s been more like operation fail–sort of.two years post relaxer

Flashbacks of my straight hair flowing down my back have been taking over my brain lately. Please tell me why I decided to go natural! It ain’t nothin’ but work. All it took was a wash, set, wrap and go with an occasional deep conditioning and oil treatment. But, what I considered to be a no fuss no mess hair routine has turned into nothing but drama. Now that I’m au naturale, I have a whole slew of issues with my new old texture.

You’re probably so sick of me complaining about by barely there edges. But please understand that writing about it is like therapy for me. Hey, maybe my situation can help someone who may be tackling a similar issue. Who knows?

In any event, in my previous hair post I confessed the possible reason for my hair dilemma. I’ve been taking the necessary steps to get back my hairline, including keeping the area well moisturized and wearing a satin scarf underneath my wig. Recently, I discovered another problem–braids.

Since becoming a natural, I experimented with different dos from twist outs to braid outs. The former didn’t work so well for me. But I’ve had some pretty good results with the latter.

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Braid outs are great at stretching and defining my curls. The plan is to continue wearing a wig until my grows out a bit more. I grapple with that decision sometimes because I like the idea of very low manipulation. My on-air job requires styling and whatnot. I don’t want to apply any heat and I don’t want to straighten my natural hair. However, after realizing a tiny bald spot in my head, I’ve been thinking a lot about just letting it all hang out.

Even though I’m extra careful not to pull too tight, the tension has cause some of my strands to go bye bye. I’ve heard it referred to as traction or tension alopecia. It’s frustrating. It’s annoying. But, I know this is all apart of the process. There are gonna be some bumpy spots along this natural hair journey, and I’m prepared for it. I know it will all be worth it in the end.

Whether you’re a natural or not, beware of weaves, extension, wigs, braids etc. All it takes is just a little tension for you to lose hair.

You can find me chatting more on this topic on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

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New Hair New Me

My hair journey has hit a little bit of a snag these past couple of months. But, that’s to be expected. It’s interesting how your hair reacts to whatever it is you could be going through. Stress, pregnancy, post pregnancy, nutrition or lack there of — you name it. Despite our trials and tribulations, my hair and I have a great relationship. But our bond wasn’t always solid.

It took me a while to fully embrace my locks. I remember getting so frustrated because my hair wasn’t naturally straight. I hated the way it felt. I couldn’t run my fingers through my hair like those white girls. I remember looking at them and saying, “Damn, why can’t I have hair like that?”

I used to complain about my new growth. My mom would remind me that was my natural hair. I was like, “whatever.” I hated it. I used to beg her to take me to Brooklyn to get my touch up every eight weeks. It was a half hour commute, there was no way I could get there on my own. At 14, I was too young to drive. By the time I was 16, I wasn’t really allowed to drive that far. Needless to say, I was at her mercy.

I’ll never forget the time when I needed to have my senior pictures taken. I begged my mom to take me to the hairdresser to get a relaxer and a cute style. I can’t remember the reason, but she said no. I was pissed!! She insisted on doing it herself. My anger eventually turned to misery. My begging did nothing to change her mind, and I had no choice but to give in. It was either go to school a hot mess and have those horrendous senior pictures for life, or suck it up and have her wash and curl my hair. I chose the latter.

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Looking back, I realized that my hair had thinned out so much. My hairdresser had chopped off all the damaged ends a few months prior to taking this photo. My hair continued that same cycle after graduation. I’d get a touch up every few months. It would grow, then I’d have to cut it off, and start over because of heat damage.

Fast forward to my modeling career. Each time I’d book a gig, I’d get nervous about clients wanting to do something to my hair. “Are you willing to cut or color your hair?” That was the typical question asked at all the go-sees. As a model, you never want to be looked at as hard to work with. That was the title given to many girls who didn’t do what the client recommended. I never had to cut or color my hair for a job, but there was always a lot of pulling, weaving, and heat applied during those photo shoots. My hair took a beating. I learned a valuable lesson during that time, which prepared me for my career in television.

 

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I got my big break as the traffic chick for one of the top stations in NYC. I found myself right back at that same place. The hairstylists had ideas for my hair, and I was just not having it. Unlike the situation with my mom, I chose to look a hot mess. My hair had gone through so much that I couldn’t chance it.

I was still getting a touch up every two to three months. I’d wash, roller set, and wrap my hair every weekend. The first few days of the week my hair was flawless. But by midweek, it started to look flat because of my workouts. I gave in to the stations hairstylists on a few occasions, which had negative outcomes. Slowly my hair continued to chip away. Again, periodically I would have to cut off damaged ends and start all over.

Those days are behind me. Now I’m in a much better space. I finally decided to ditch the relaxer in February 2012, and haven’t looked back since. My hair has never felt or looked better. I must admit I was a bit apprehensive when it came to sporting my teeny weeny afro because I’ve always enjoyed having long hair. It’s been a couple of years and my hair is now shoulder length (when stretched). I still wear a wig on-air, but I love rockin’ my natural locks when I’m not working.

I’ve received encouragement from viewers to lose the wig all together. But, I’m not ready for that just yet. I do, however, enjoy the versatility in how I style my hair. Wigs offer a great protective style option. But let’s get one thing straight, I love my hair. Each day I become more amazed at the progress it’s has made, and I’m so glad I made the decision to return to my natural roots. I feel like a whole new me.

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My Natural Hair Journey So Far

I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who chimed in on Facebook regarding my hair dilemma. In case you haven’t heard, I’ve been suffering from hair loss again. This time my edges are thinning in the front.

I’ve been down this road before. After giving birth to Princess, I noticed that the back of my hair started chipping away. I went from having a pretty healthy head of hair to see through strands. I vowed to take my vitamins religiously to prevent it from happening again with baby number two.

It’s been almost six months since I gave birth to Baby O, and I’m realizing that my hair is thinning again. Many of you have mentioned that my wig and/or wig cap could have something to do with it, which is possible. However, this problem runs in my family. My mom says her lost more and more hair after each birth. She had four of us! Either way, I’ve chosen to air on the side of caution. I no longer wear a wig cap underneath my wig. I switched to a satin scarf, which has been a lot easier on my edges. I don’t wear my wig, if I don’t have to. In other words, I usually only sport it at work.

In addition to my thinning edges, I’ve also noticed that I’ve been getting a lot of fairy knots. The cold temperatures here in New York may be leaving my locks starving for moisture. I moisturize twice a day and allow my hair to breath as much as possible.

I thought about treating myself to a blow out. But, I’ve decided to put it off for now. I’m still figuring things out with my hair. I’m happy with the progress it’s made thus far – minus the recent problem.

Check out photos of my old hair. It was much fuller and thicker. I wasn’t wearing any clip-ins or extensions.

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It’s been almost two years since I decided to go natural. I still can’t believe how quickly the time flew. Check out my natural hair journey so far.

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