Scalp Psoriasis and Hair Growth Update

Earlier this year I wrote a post about how scalp psoriasis led to a major hair setback last fall.  I ended up losing a lot of hair due to all of the daily shampooing and detangling it took to keep my scalp under control.  After a few months I was left with see through ends and breakage.  It was disheartening because my hair was actually in really good shape before my scalp went out of control.  As a result, I decided to give myself a trim and move forward with an updated healthy hair routine.

One of my main goals was to grow my hair back to it’s former length before the damage.  This meant that I would need to retain as much length as possible.  I also wanted thicker hair around my hairline because my edges appeared to be losing hair as well.  The scalp psoriasis ended up on my forehead, neck and ears so it took my edges out right along with it.  

wash n go side by side comparison
Top: My curls earlier this year with product for more hang time. Bottom: This is my hair in May after rinsing out deep conditoner. My hair hangs longer when wet but shrinks up more now that it’s healthier

 

I’m happy to report that I’m seeing a lot of progress!  I haven’t straightened my hair for a while so I’m not sure of what my current length is.  My edges have grown in nicely and my hair also has a lot more shrinkage.  I also cut new bangs back in March which I’ve decided to grow back out.  They are currently past chin length.  

Closeup of hairline edges
My edges are coming back in and the scalp psoriasis around my hairline is gone

What I’ve Been Doing to Retain Length

I hadn’t been taking very good care of my hair (obviously) so I decided to make some changes to my hair routine.  I started testing and reviewing deep conditioners on my hair and have noticed a difference in my curls.  My hair always feels so much more manageable after a deep condition so I can tell that they are effective.  Still, I think that I should be deep conditioning once a week if I really want to see more length.

As far as styling goes, I’ve been going back to braidouts again.  I used to wear braid outs all of the time but got lazy I guess.  Doing a wash n’ go is just so much easier so I always go with that style when I’m in a hurry.  A braidout shows off more length for me though since I have crazy shrinkage.  I also use plait braids with coils on the end so I can still see my curls.  

Braids and braid out hair style
Top:  Here’s a look at the plaits that I use to style my braid out. I coil the ends by re-wetting and combing through them with a fine tooth comb.  I then twirl them with my fingers for a spiral coil.  Bottom:  My braidout after fluffing and Seperating

 

One of my favorite ways to do a braidout is to wear a wash n’ go for a couple days and then braid it up.  This way, my hair already has product in it from the wash n’ go style.  I just wet each section, detangle with a denman and braid it up.  For a second day with this style I’ll add a little coconut oil to help keep frizz under control.  I coil the ends by wetting them and then combing through them with a fine tooth comb.  Then I twirl the ends with my fingers until a small spiral curl forms.  Since I have gel in my hair from the wash n’ go, the curl sets as it dries.  It’s also easier to sleep on because I don’t have to use rollers when I curl my hair this way.

Protective Styles

This summer I’m really trying to focus on wearing protective styles.  In my last post I wrote about all of the options for summertime styles for protecting your hair.  For me I’ll probably be wearing a bun during the week and having it out during the week.

I would also like to try crochet braids because that way I can wear cornrows underneath a curly style.  My scalp is a little irritated though so I may have to clear it up first before starting a long term protective style.  Currently I’m back on my vitamins and supplements that kept my scalp psoriasis under control.

 Hair Progress after Scalp Psoriasis
This is my hair with no product in May 2019

Making Progress

Overall, my hair is definitely improving.  Scalp Psoriasis is still an issue for me but I’m learning that I don’t have to wreck my hair while managing my scalp.  My goal is to grow my bangs out to collar bone length so that my wash n’ go looks more like it did by the end of last summer.  I’m also looking to try some new products because I have a feeling that I need to rely less on my Eco Styler gel for curl definition.  

Watch this space for more about my hair journey and hair product reviews in the coming months!

 

 

Choosing a Protective Style for Summer

Black hair high bun protective style

Lately I’ve been thinking about how I want to wear my natural hair this summer.   It’s fun to visualize myself with a cute protective style even though the warm weather is dragging it’s feet here in Colorado. We’ve gotten hail storm warnings nearly everyday but it looks as though the sunshine is finally on it’s way.    

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Creating the Perfect Catwoman Cosplay Costume

Each year my family makes plans to attend the Denver Pop Culture Con which is a huge convention for fans of comics, movies and television.  This year’s event will be held May 31st through June 2nd in downtown Denver at the Convention Center.  We always enjoy seeing all of the different people in their costumes and sometimes even dress as our favorite characters.  Catwoman has always been my go-to costume.  I love the Batman movies, new and old so I love to bring that character to life.  Thing is, the convention can be grueling at times.  There is a lot of walking and standing so wearing a costume all day can be very uncomfortable.  Over the years I have found ways to maintain my hairstyles and makeup for those long comic convention days.  

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Deep Conditioning with ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner

Spring has been outrageously unpredictable here in Colorado with snow coming at us only a few days before Memorial Day.  The nerve!  Thanks to all of the back and forth in temperature and my kids being sick, I fell ill recently and hadn’t felt up to doing my hair.  Well, of course I was styling my hair but I hadn’t given it that much needed TLC it deserved.  I knew that I was due for a deep conditioning treatment so I figured I would grab a couple of those conditioning packets while at the grocery store.  I opted to buy the larger bottle since we’re heading into swimming season soon and my hair will need it then too.  The product I’m talking about is the ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner.  

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Hair Products to Bring on Vacation

Side view of woman with curly hair

Here in Colorado we are finally getting a taste of some warmer weather.  Sure we’ve had a few sunny days here and there but this week is supposed to be gorgeous!  Now I can actually start making plans for summer which, for me, means a lot of gardening and outdoor activities.  Some of you may be thinking about vacationing soon which prompted this post.  I thought to myself, “what hair products would I bring on vacation?”  You can also think of this as my, “if  I were stranded on a desert island what hair products would I take?” list.

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