I recently dealt with a hair disaster that I was not initially certain how to fix. I had my husband cut my hair completely off on four different occasions. The last time was during the natural hair explosion among women of color. As my hair grew out natural, it was thicker and healthier. My hair had been growing successfully for about 14 moths when I made a change.
Because it was now long enough for a pony tail, I began combing and styling my hair more. At night I began parting my hair and plaiting it in about 8 to 10 mid-size plaits. In the mornings I would undo the plaits and style. I would fluff my hair instead of combing through it and this was a mistake.
During a funeral, I ran into people who had not seen me since I stopped perming my hair. I received many compliments on how nice natural hair looked on me. As we were driving home, however, my husband gave me some shocking news. He said that although from the front and sides my natural style was attractive in the church lighting, the hair in the back appeared matted in spots.
Once home, a careful inspection revealed my spouse was correct. There were seven small sections of hair that felt as if they were dread locks. I assume that I missed these spots when I was taking the plaits out. Because I fluffed it instead of combing it through, and the hair was in the back, I was totally unaware of the mess I created.
I cried because I had spent more than a year growing my hair out, and did not desire to cut it again. My tresses were not long enough to simply put in a bun or pony tail, and allow the damaged hair to grow fully out. To fix the mess, I completely cut off the matted hair only.
This caused my hair to be uneven and bald in some places. I decided against cutting my hair completely off for a fifth time. I am wearing a wig until the short places grow out to match the rest of my hair. I am taking a daily hair multivitamin, and massaging my scalp in the affected areas. It is beginning to grow but has a long way to go, before a my hair is once a gain even, and can be put in a decent pony tail.
In the attached photos I am wearing a wig in the first.The second is my 14 months of new growth just before my husband told me the the hair in the back of my head was matted.Many people have assumed that y hair continued to grow and I relaxed it, because the wig is similar in length, texture and color to my hair.