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!

 

 

Tips for a Successful Braid Out on Straight Natural Hair

side view of woman with braid out hair style

About 80% of the time  I rock curly styles because of how time consuming it is to straighten my hair.  When I finally do go straight, I like to go as a long as possible until I wash it again because I don’t want to waste all of that effort.  Right after I straighten my hair it is very lightweight and flowy which I love.  In my last post I discussed how to achieve those results.  After about a week or so, my hair starts to feel heavy.  That’s when I like to change things up a bit with a braid out for something different.  Unfortunately, it took a long time for me to find what worked for a successful braid out on straight natural hair.

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Getting Too Cold for My Wash n’ Go

www.curlyincolorado.com Wash n Go Braid Out
It is nearly the middle of September and I’m already shopping for knit beanies to wear over my hair in the snow.  Welcome to Colorado!  Home of the mild summers and early winters.  This would be fine by me if I wasn’t having so much fun with my wash n’ go style.  Yes, recently I’ve been rocking my curls and enjoying my curly afro.  However, last night it was forecast to drop down to good ole thirty two degrees or freezing as I like to call it.   

To prepare for the cold, my family and I quickly harvested our large, unripe tomatoes from our community garden plot.  We hated to do it but we just didn’t want to risk losing them.  While standing in the drizzling rain and feeling my fingers go numb, I decided it was time to start wearing braid outs.  The style works for me  during the colder weather because I don’t have to revive the look by rewetting my hair in the morning.  Also, my hair will usually lay flat enough for me to wear a warm knit beanie hat over it.  Braid outs for the win!

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My High Puff
I might be making a warm headband
for when I wear this style during the winter

I like to knit and crochet so I may possibly construct a new hat for myself.  I might even look into making a warm head band for those days when I want to wear a puff or high bun.  Another option would be to head over to Natural Born Hats and order a couple of their satin lined beanies.  Either way, I’m not about that dripping wet hair life when it comes to the colder temps.  Sure, we still may have a couple of sunny days coming up but as for me and my curls, it’s braid out season.

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In Review: Satin Lined Military Cap from Natural Born Hats LLC

Recently I was contacted by a company called Natural Born Hats LLC.  When I saw that they

www.curlyincolorado.com satin lined hat review
Finally a satin lined cap that’s stylish
and fits over my natural hair

offered satin lined hats at affordable prices, I jumped at the chance to do a review.  Why is a satin lining so important you ask?  Well, for starters, it can help minimize frizz and matting that can occur when wearing a hat without the added lining.  The smooth satin is what comes in contact with your hair which means less friction which in turn minimizes breakage.  That’s music to my ears because I’m always concerned about how my hair will fare when wearing a typical hat.  With this I have no worries.

About Natural Born Hats LLC

If you head over to the website, you’ll find the story detailing the relationship between the two friends who started the company.  They were both on a hair journey and using satin bonnets and scarves, as we all do, to protect their hair at night.  They, like me, wanted another option that was stylish for wearing out but still had the protective satin inside.

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Satin lining inside



www.curlyincolorado.com satin lined hat review
Military Cap Style 

What I like about their hats is the sound construction and the variety of styles that are available.  I was sent a Military inspired cap but they also carry sun hats, fedoras and lots of fun knit beanies.  The Military caps are produced using a cotton blend.  This is a plus because I’m planning to wear mine when I go on my walks this summer.  The other hats are constructed using materials such as straw plaiting, flax and polyester.  Each comes with a polyester satin lining. The knit beanies are polyester throughout which makes them machine washable but no dryer.  I like that because I’m planning on getting one for my very active 12 year old son.

I know my new hat will get a lot of use this summer.  I’m favoring braid outs lately which means my braids are sometimes not completely dry in the morning.  Now I can just throw on my satin lined cap and head out the door knowing my braids are still protected.  I’ve tried this before with other hats but was having trouble getting all of the braids to fit.  It even has room enough when my natural hair is in full swang.

www.curlyincolorado.com satin lined hat review
A hat that fits over my braids YAY!

If you’re interested in a comfy satin lined hat for yourself, be sure to head over to Natural Born Hats LLC and use Coupon Code:  CURLYCO25 for an extra 25% off

NOTE:  The code will be active for the next 2 weeks and must be entered using all caps.

Olive Oil Pre-Poo for Dry Hair

www.curlyincolorado.com olive oil pre poo shampoo dry hairJust thought I would share that my hair is making a turn around thanks to my new bestie Extra
Virgin Olive Oil.  This stuff is amazing!  I’m so glad because I was really beginning to worry about where my tresses would end up without some major TLC.  One of the ways I have incorporated the oil is demonstrated in my video below.  I’m learning how important a good pre-poo treatment is if I’m going to continue using shampoo.

I have used mild shampoos and sulfate free versions in the past.  I noticed though that they didn’t always remove all of the product from my hair.  Last summer, I was using shampoo all of the time because we were doing lots more swimming.  It all caught up with me and resulted in dryness that my natural hair is not accustomed to.  Also, the dryness that comes with the Colorado winter weather doesn’t exactly help either.  So, I’m super excited that the olive oil is working for me.

WATCH HOW I DO A PRE-POO WITH OLIVE OIL
Also, my braid outs have been looking a lot better since I’ve started using the olive oil.  I first apply leave-in conditioner, which lately is Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in, and then put a little oil on the section. Then I braid it up and finger coil the ends.  My hair is turning out a lot softer using this method because I’m moisturizing the hair from root to tip.  So it’s olive oil for the win!  I’ll be using this in my regimen for the next few months and post an update on how my hair is doing.