Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Does Natural Hair Shed More?
While doing a fellow natural friend's hair yesterday we started talking about our hair. We discussed how much shed hair we experience when we just run our hair down some strands of hair, how much shed hair is experienced with wet vs. dry detangling, and just shed hair in general.
We both started saying that we don't ever remember having this much shed hair when we were relaxed. And I don't ever remember thinking about shed hair much when I was relaxed. But, now I am always comparing the amount of shed hair to my last detangling session just to ensure that everything is right. Yet, I have a theory on why it seems like natural hair sheds more. Here goes...
My Theory: I don't believe that natural hair sheds more. I just believe that the shed hairs stay in our heads instead of falling to the floor. My point is, natural hair is extremely curly and this does not allow for the shed hair to simply slip out. The hairs will instead stay on our head until we do some form of detangling. When I had relaxed hair, the shed hairs just slipped out because the the hair was straight. There was no holding force--that the curls provide--so the hair just came out on its own. Of course when I combed my hair I would have a few shed hairs. But, this small amount was mainly due most of the shed hair leaving on its own. and I do remember finding a lot of my relaxed shed hair when sweeping the floor. Therefore, it's not that natural hair sheds more, it's simply our hair holds on to those shed pieces. Also, it seems like there is more shed hair because the hair is in its natural state and curlier. And curlier hair always appear thicker or larger that straight hair.
Please note: It is good to always look at your shed hair after detangling sessions and compare it to amount of shed hair you last had. This helps you gauge if you are experience excessive hair loss.