Actualizado: may 7
What exactly is Scab Hair?
It is not a scientific term, but this name has been given to new hair growth that is born weakened, damaged, and abused by chemical processes or poor care carried out before starting the transition.
After having the large cut, it will probably be born dry, damaged (with a different texture), and with malformations due to the weakening caused by these processes. Unfortunately, this lengthens the transition process and it can take from 6 months to 2 years to return to its natural curl.
Within the natural community, it is said that it is very possible that treating your hair with chemicals can damage beyond the surface of the scalp, but there is no data to corroborate these suspicions.
Still don't want to cut your hair? How can you go about caring for your scab hair during the transition?
If your hair is in transition, and you are looking to repair it, but you are not yet ready to cut, here below I share some tips that worked for me to get my curls back.
1. Weekly hydration and restructure with commercial or homemade masks that are hydrating or with proteins. There are many options on the market, but you can also give it an extra boost by preparing homemade masks. A hydrated hair will look and feel smoother and more elastic, using a good conditioner or commercial deep treatments can help your hair to stay nourished and hydrated.
2. Stop using heat: Lace up your hair with irons, blowers or curling irons is not a good idea if you are looking to recover your curly hair 100%, since these can mistreat your hair more and can lengthen the transition time.
3. Avoid Protective: but the less you handle, the better, they are effective in disguising your hair, but very tight styles can break your hair.
4. Avoid dyeing your hair with commercial dyes, as these chemical processes can alter its texture. At this stage, your hair strand is very weakened by the previous processes, and it is better that you give it a break. A very good option is to try to make the change to the use of Henna dyes that are 100% natural and help give shine and structure to damaged hair.
5. Cut your hair: Healthy ends are the reflection of healthy hair. Cut your hair every 2 or 3 months at the beginning of your transition can help you eliminate those spots that still feel hard, scab hair or hair in your hair.
6. Weekly hair masks: Give boots to shine with a weekly commercial hair mark or homemade hair mask. This is optional according to your preference, the homemade husks, although it is not scientifically proven, have been shown to have an important game in the health and growth of the hair. My recommendation is to do a mask or deep treatment every week if you have very dry hair and 2 to 3 times a month if you have oily hair.
7. Protect your hair when sleeping in transition your hair tends to last less defined, use caps or satin pillows to sleep, it will help you prolong the definition of your curls for longer.
My curls don't Curl! How can I take care of my hair after the big cut?
You probably thought that once you did the big cut your hair would automatically come back to itself and curl as you wanted, and now you have realized that it is not as curly as you wanted, try these tips.
1. To know your hair, and create a care routine that includes restructuring, hydration, and shine, a hair calendar can help you achieve this goal. A good idea is to schedule a routine at the beginning of each month according to the condition of your hair at that time.
2. Try different definition techniques to see which one suits your hair in transition best, Flexi rods, Flexi Foam Roller, curl by curl technique, twists or braids can help you a lot to define your beautiful hair, try one of these techniques to see which one works for you.
3. Using good products will make a big difference. According to the curly girl method, it is good to avoid the use of Sulfates, Silicone, Parabens, Mineral oils, and drying alcohols. In my case, I have a more strict routine where I try to avoid certain ingredients on the ingredient list, if you want to learn more about the subject click here.