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!

 

 

5 Ways to Maintain Hair Growth

My natural hair journey started because I wanted longer hair.  I honestly thought my hair wouldn’t grow long because I was black.  That sounds pretty crazy right?  Well, information on how to maintain hair growth was not as abundant as it is today.  This was long before the term, “natural hair,” even existed.  So I did what most people did at the time; I sought help from a hair stylist.  

I Went to a Stylist for Help

A co-worker suggested I see her  “Master stylist” who apparently knew a lot about different hair types.  I booked an appointment and drove to the mall where her salon was located.  When I arrived, the stylist met me at the podium just outside the entrance.   I told her I wanted a haircut and also that my hair wouldn’t grow for some reason.  She condescendingly asked, “Why isn’t your hair growing?”  I just looked at her; speechless.  Let’s be honest.  If I really knew why my hair wasn’t growing then why would I drive all that way to see a, “Master” stylist?

This was around the first time my psoriasis flared up so my scalp was covered in flakes.  I can’t even begin to describe how embarrassing it was to have someone checking my hair and scalp right there in the mall with all those people walking by.  It was the absolute worst! Turns out, she only had me down for a consultation and insisted that I schedule another appointment for her to actually style my hair.  Really?

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From Wash n’ Go to Braid Out

For Memorial Day I decided to wear a wash n’ go because it’s seemed to be the easy thing to do with my hair.  I had a few errands to run but still managed to fix myself up before heading out.  One of the things I tried was stretching my roots with the blowdryer for the look of more length.  My hair was still damp when I was done so it shrunk up a little.  Still, I was pretty happy with the end result.

Later that evening, I wanted to co-wash my hair and re-style the wash n’ go which meant re-applying all of the products and waiting for it to dry.  Instead, I decided to just kick back and watch Youtube while braiding my hair up for a braid out.  I was surprised this morning to see the amount of definition I had.  I was also happy with the look of length I got without having to use any heat this time.

There was already plenty of product in my hair from the wash n’ go so I just spritzed each section with a little water before braiding it into plaits.  I then spritzed a little more water on the ends and twisted with my fingers to get a slight curl.  The product in my hair helped with this step.  I didn’t even have to use a comb or denman brush.  I just stretched my hair with my fingers and detangled a little here and there.  It was almost too easy!


I’m beginning to see a routine forming here.  I can totally see myself wearing my wash n’ go’s for a few days and then turning them into braid outs when they start to get a little fuzzy.  I hope this is the case because I get the feeling my hair needs a more simplified routine and this may be it.  What’s funny is the fact that this is what I used to do during my first year natural.  Now I’m not sure why I

ever stopped.

Wash n’ Go on Memorial Day
Braid out the next day