Transitioning "Scab Hair" & Follicle Shape Change Theory...

If you have not read any hair science books from certified trichologist (hair and scalp specialist) and health scientist, Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, you are missing out on a WEALTH of information.

In her book The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals the health scientist shares some interesting insights about the "scab hair" phenomenon and how the Follicle Shape Change Theory plays a major role. Below we share some of what we learned from her book and you'll also get links to her best-seller works at the end of this article. Check out what we learned from her about...

Perming and It's AFTER-EFFECTS when Transitioning

According to the scalp specialist, one major way that perms and other relaxers may have an effect on your scalp can be heard in the natural hair community's debates about the myth or reality of "The Science of Transitioning:: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals by [Davis-Sivasothy, Audrey]scab hair". Since it's impossible to form an actually scab on hair follicles we'll refer to it as "transitional hair".

Transitional hair is a phenomenon that many new naturals experience just after their Big Chop, and it is defined as a combination of dry, wiry and semi-straight natural hair that does not have a defined curl or coil pattern, even with the best curl defining products.

This transitional hair (aka "scab hair") is usually isolated to the first few inches of new growth that emerges after you've stopped relaxing with chemicals. Nobody knows for sure what the cause is for these changes to your hair - but there are some really good theories and we'll talk about it right now.

Follicle Shape Change Theory

According to the "Follicle Shape- Change Theory", extra-dry, unpredictable transitional hair is caused by actual physical changes to the hair follicles' structure as a result of the long-term use of chemical relaxers.

Transitional hair is a temporary hair situation that is usually resolved as the follicle heals and the hair grows and settles into its permanent natural arrangement.

Some naturals are convinced that "scab hair" is a hair care industry myth or that it's something that was dreamed up by new naturals and transitioners to explain away their unwanted hair textures.

But for those who feel they have experienced "scab hair" or transitional hair themselves, it is all too real. But, since there's no specific scientific research to prove or disprove that transitional hair exists, theories are all we have to work with at the moment. But the proof is in the puddin' as they say.

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Check out these best-selling SCIENCE OF HAIR books from Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, her most popular book is The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care.

The information we learned and spoke about in this article is from The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals, available HERE: https://amzn.to/2L5qZ9b

Super Hair Growth Oil DIY Recipe!

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OK, if you are looking for proven hair growth recipes then you are going to want to KISS ME after this!

Let me introduce you to this video from Curly Proverbz showing her unique Super Hair Growth Oil DIY recipe with Before and After footage.

Over the years she has tried and tested so many oils and ingredients with reasonable success in growing her hair faster than its usual pace. In the past, she used gro aut oil with great success and got 2 inches of growth in 8 weeks! She made up her own version of the oil with additional ingredients that she feels improved the formula. If you are looking for fast hair growth, whether your hair's natural or processed this is the video for you. (Learn to transition to Natural in 7 steps here...)

Super Hair Growth Oil DIY Recipe & Instructional Video

Whenever the words hair growth and oil are in the same sentence there are a few select oils that most experts would say MUST be part of the mix.

For example, always see that your formula has oils that encourage increased circulation to the scalp as well as follicular strength so that your hair keeps from breaking. Examples include coconut oil, peppermint oil or tea tree oil.  (Join 17,500+ ladies and get BlackHairOMG's Email Newsletter)

For this hair growth recipe you will need the following:

INSTRUCTIONS: Carefully add all of your ingredients to a glass jar and mix well. When you want to use your oil just add what you need to an applicator bottle. Curly Proverbz makes it very clear that you should not use your mix beyond four weeks.

Because this recipe calls for a few ingredients that can cause allergies you should be sure to test everything especially if you are not familiar with some of the ingredients. (Get Hair Growth Tips from BlackHairOMG's Email Tipline)

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Kinky Hair Straightening Brush Is $100 Cheaper!

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So as I'd wrote about last year, ladies have been going crazy over the Dafni hair straightening brush.

It allows you to straight kinky/curly hair without the high heat of professional-level flat irons. There had been a ton of Tweets and Facebook posts in different Black Hair Groups about the new miracle hair tool.

But there was one big problem....

The $300 PRICE TAG!!!

Like many others at the time, I wasn't dropping no dang $300 for it.
Hecks-to-da-naw....
But all y'all that was complaining right along with me will be hyped up that 10 months later the price has dropped to less than $200! And that's FROM DAFNI (the real manufacturer), be careful of people selling knockoff fakes.

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I say to be careful of the fakes and knockoff brands because there are TONS of them out now after the success of Dafni's Brush. The DAFNI company is the originator of this beloved "hair straightening ceramic brush", some have bought fakes and been very upset about it.

But anyway, the idea of the Dafni brush is similar to any other straightening tool - you slowly run the hot ceramic through your hair and it gets rid of any waves or kinks.

What DAFNI claims makes their product better than competitors is that it has more surface area than the traditional straightener, which means that your hair could be done in as little as two minutes. Plus since it's already a brush, the hair wouldn't get tangled.

The Dafni Brush at work on Kinky/Curly Natural Hair!

Here is a popular video from a Facebook user named Kimberley Satterwhite, she posted her first experience using it and she thought you might like that we share it with you right here. See the video below.

 

Be honest, what do you think of the results?

Given the texture of the little girl’s hair that it was demonstrated on, do you think this will work for your texture?

And thankfully, the price is down from$300 and now less than $200

 

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Here's Kimberly's (the mom) Comment From Her Video Post:

Sometimes things look so good you have to think, "That just can't be!" And "It's just too good to be true!" Like how I earn 6 figures as a stay at home mom. I just say, "Let's just Try it & see"! I understand how it feels to be a total skeptic of something! So I'm going to try out the 'Dafni Ceramic Straightening Brush'.
DOES IT WORK?! You can see for yourself IF In Fact IT Works or not?! This takes the place of flat ironing and saves you MAJOR TIME! I am TOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!

NOTE: I was so excited to use this i didn't wash my daughters hair. She does have GEL in her hair i just ran it through really quick to test it. Imagine this on her CLEAN hair! WOW. I'm very happy with this product! (Get Hair Growth Tips from BlackHairOMG's Email Tipline)

You can find the Dafni straightening brush at right here for less than $200.

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Black Women Makeup Tips For Dark Skin - Copper Eyes & Nude Lip Makeup

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You are going to LOVE this exotically beautiful makeup job from Melissa! She uses her gorgeous brown skin as the palette to show us all how to get an amazing wedding and prom makeup style.

She makes this makeup tutorial very easy to follow and she gives you all the exact colors of makeup for black skin and other go-to products she uses.

Absolutely gorgeous, check out her tutorial video and be sure to Subscribe to BlackHairOMG's Youtube videos!

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List of The Products She Used In The Tutorial Part 1 (Part 2 Below)

 

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List of The Products She Used In The Tutorial Part 2

L.A. Girl Pro Concealer - Fawn
L.A. Girl Pro Concealer - Cool Tan
Black Radiance Pressed Powder -Ebony
Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder - Dark
E.L.F Blush Palette - Dark
Nicka K Eye Pencil -Black
Estee Lauder Pure Color EyeShadow Palette - Chocolate Bliss Matte
BH Cosmetics Wild & Radiant - Illuminating & Bronzing Palette
MAC Fix & Spray
Black - Up Cosmetics Jumbo Lip Pencil - Jumo1
Brucci Lipstick - Natural Matte
Victoria's Secret Lip Gloss
Estee Lauder Mascara - Sumptuous Extreme

Be honest, homegirl DID HER THANG! She looks amazing and the video is easy to follow along with, that was our favorite part.

The products she used matched well with brown to darker skin and looked GORGEOUS. Get prepared for more top-notch makeup tutorials to get highlighted very soon.

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From Curly to Straight: Straightening Naturally Kinky Hair

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You wanna know how to straighten your natural black hair without chemically reconstructing it? straight hair black woman - 5

Good, well Teaundra will show you how. Her video has beeen VERY well received, getting more than 5,000,000 views! SO if you haven't had the chance yet to see her unique technique, you will enjoy this.  (Get Hair Growth Tips from BlackHairOMG's Email Tipline)

Just to prep you for the video a bit, just know that Teaundra straightens her hair only once a year if that just to switch things up every once in a while and no heat any other time.

She has been natural since 2008, she has had amazing hair growth over the years after going natural and the techniques she shows in the video are the same as what she always does when she washes her hair. She starts off showing you her GO TO pre-poo product, which is Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Conditioner.

HAIR TYPE: 3c/b and 4a

PRODUCTS USED TO GET HER STRAIGHT LOOK:

 

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Black Man Paints Nature & The Universe Into Black Women's Natural Hair

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This young man is AMAZING! Check this out.

If you're anything like us, you are a huge fan of Black & African Art pieces, so of course we follow this man's work from our BlackHairOMG Instagram account because it's simply amazing and needs to be celebrated.

Pierre Jean-Louis is a super-talented visionary and artist based in New York and Philadelphia who describes himself as...

 "I'm just an artist with no plan B... Cause either I succeed at this or die trying."

Pierre has built up huge social media following on Instagram as a result of his unique works. Jean-Louis paints breath-taking images of the universe and nature onto images of black women’s natural hair that are truly fascinating.

His intricate works feature stars, fire, flowers, vines, and even solar systems, all seamlessly woven into the gorgeous kinks and curls of black hair. ( For a tutorial on making your own hair growth pills CLICK HERE.)

This amazing artist also has a gallery of gorgeous and unique art pieces for sale and he invites his followers to tag his Instagram account in their photos on Instagram so that he can consider their portraits as well.

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Check out this gallery of Jean-Louis Pierre's Instagram masterpieces!



The world is my canvas. I'm just trying to paint a perfect picture with lot of mistakes.

- Jean-Louis Pierre

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This Salon SNEAKED Perm Relaxer Into This Natural Black Woman's Shampoo!

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OK, so using "Birdman " (A.K.A. Baby) sentence structure.... We gonna fight or we finna scrap?

Honey, when I say OUT...OF...LINE. I mean the "me about to snatch off my gold hoop earrings and puttin' vaseline on my face" kind of OUT OF LINE!!!! (Sike, I aint fightin'nobody...) But anyway...

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Here's what happened.

When a natural-haired woman from Marietta, Georgia made her appointment at Lucy’s Dominican Hair Salon, she assumed that the "blow out" hairstyle that she’d asked for would consist of a simple shampooing, conditioning, and of course, blow drying. When she first left the salon she was happy, but 3 days later, she noticed something weird when she washed her hair so that she could put into twists.

But for some strange reason, her luscious hair refused to curl as it ALWAYS DID and she noticed that large sections of her hair appeared to be unusually straight. When she called the hair salon to ask what IN THE WORLD they had done to her hair, they told her that they'd put chemical perm relaxer in her shampoo without her knowing about it!

As anyone with naturally curly, kinky hair black woman will tell to you, using any amount of chemical relaxer isn’t something that you do casually as if trying a new hair spritz or something. The active ingredients in most relaxers are alkaline chemicals like lye or ammonium sulfate that have a pH somewhere between 10 and 14. The hair damaging properties of these substances break down hair’s protein structure. Cases in which relaxer is left in for too long can result in severely damaged hair and burning of the scalp.

According to the woman, a representative from the salon informed her that it was standard procedure to mix a small amount of relaxer into the shampoo used for people with natural hair and that it wasn’t cause for concern. Lisbeth Dominican Hair Salon, which the woman also called out in the original post, made a point of posting to Facebook that they did not make a practice of mixing relaxer in with shampoo.

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After the woman posted photos of her now processed hair as a warning to women with natural hair who might patronize the salon, the natural hair community quickly came to the consensus that the woman would be well justified if she decided to sue the salon.

“This is one of the NO-GO’s for my naturalistas,” Yelp user Tosha W. wrote in a critical review of the salon prompted by the screenshot. “Mixing a perm in with the shampoo without consent is just as tacky as a hair salon can get.”

And we'd have to agree, for any salon to slip a major hair killer into a clients shampoo without getting permission is almost a low-level crime in my opinion. How is that any different that punching a hole in someone's tire on purpose?

Ridiculous!

How would you have handled this situation OMGers? Would you have sued?

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Natural Hair Workshop Reaches Australia!

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Without a doubt, the natural hair movement is still going strong and spreading all over the world.

On Saturday May 14, 2016, naturalista and boutique owner Allison Owens held the first natural hair workshop in Adelaide South Australia.

While natural hair workshops and meetups have become commonplace in America, such events are unheard of in Australia.

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The workshop, “No More Dry Hair: the LOC & LCO Methods” was held at Sassy Kinks & Coils Boutique, the first natural hair store in South Australia.

Surrounded by American made natural hair products such as Sheamoisture, Jessicurl, Cantu and Tgin, Allison discussed the steps of the LOC & LCO methods and demonstrated how to apply the techniques.

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The excited attendees got a chance to purchase natural hair products at the end of the workshop.  

Allison intends to host a natural hair workshop/meetup the second Saturday of each month as a means of supporting women on their natural hair journey.

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21 Photos That Prove "The Shrinkage Is REAL!"

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"The shrinkage is real!"

How many times have you heard that? Probably a lot.

Why? Because so many of us are self-conscious about our hair length and want to grow it longer so that everyone can clearly see it.

But it's time to embrace your curls and love the MAGIC that you have happening on top of your head.

One of the biggest reasons women with curly & kinky hair have a problem with shrinkage is because so many people outside of black culture or natural hair culture have NO IDEA that you are blessed with so much hair. They think that if your kinky/curl hair is sitting at 7 inches, you only have 7 inches of hair.

Well... NO.

That is how life is for women with straight hair, but many curly-haired naturals that have hair sitting at 7 inches in front of the naked eye could EASILY be flaunting 14-20+ inches of lusciousness.

So BlackHairOMG wants to make sure that more and more people realize this phenomenon on natural black hair.

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We have pulled together this amazing PHOTO GALLERY of some of the DOPEST shrinkage comparison pics that you'll ever see.

Don't ever let yourself think that your hair isn't growing because the length is hidden in the curls and kinks, your hair grows like crazy when you treat it right.

Embrace The Shrinkage Photo Gallery

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So do you know someone that freaks out about having "short hair" when they go natural? Or do you know someone that has absolutely no clue about how much hair is actually contained in these beautifully coiled crowns of beauty?

If so, make sure you share these photos on your social media accounts and tag your friends so that they can recognize the majestic beauty contained in natural hair.

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If Natural Hair Was a Cult... Is This Funny?

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OK, so we're definitely living in the era of satin hair wraps, coconut oil & #BlackGirlMagic

And I ain't mad at it. Not one teeny weeny bit!  🙂

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The natural hair movement is so strong that The Curl Club decided to poke a little fun (in a light-hearted way) and imagine if the natural hair movement were a cult. They used a lot of imagination and creativity to think up this off-the-wall scenario.

It is hilarious!

The video is going SUPER VIRAL and is causing a lot of interesting conversation between large groups of naturals and even non-naturals as well.

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We've even seen friends jokingly tagging each other on Facebook saying stuff like "This is soooo you!!"

And of course, there are some people taking the video waaaaaay too seriously and are even offended, I don't exactly understand what there is too get upset about, but hey, some people will find a reason to complain no matter what you do.

But for all y'all that just enjoy a good laugh this will be right up your alley.

Anyway, check it out and enjoy the humor. The end of this video cracked me up, home girl had no idea what she was walking into.

Enjoy! And please leave your thoughts and comments below... Did it make you laugh too?
 

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