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Monday, June 1, 2009

My Current Dilema - Broken Hair or New Growth?

I'm currently in the Castor Oil Challenge at Hairlista.com. So, I've been rubbing castor oil into my scalp two and sometimes, three times a week.

Although castor oil is thick and sticky feeling to the hands, it is a nourishing emollient for hair. It assist is helping to maintain moisture. It is also touted toward hair growth.

Two weeks ago, I did my fourth henna treatment. I always follow a henna treatment with a deep conditioning treatment of Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose and Olive Oil.

Last week, I did a pre-poo of conditioner with oil and slept with it over night and most of the next day. After co-washing, I applied a mix of deep conditioning treatment of Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose and Olive Oil. My hair felt great but thinner and more easily manageable while styling.

So, this week, I did a pre-poo and deep conditioned again.

While styling I saw several short sections of hair while styling in one section. It didn't looked damaged at all.

I get an average amount of shed hair while detangling and always see at least a few short hairs due to my styling technique.

I haven't noticed any hair on my clothing and nothing out of the ordinary with my hair.

I have changed my routine recently from Qhemet Biologics Amla Olive Heavy Cream and Olive/Honey Hydrating Balm (Moisturizers) with aloe vera gel (styler) to Ohm Body Sweet Hair Pudding and castor oil. Ohm Body's Sweet Hair Pudding is a base of Aloe, Shea Butter and Castor Oil along with other yummy ingredients so, it's a moisturizer and styler in one.

So, is it shed hair or breakage?


  1. You can determine if it is shedding or breakage by looking at the hair that comes out during detangling. Hair with a bulb is likely to have been shed (it could have been pulled out from the root too but if you have been gentle then it is more likely just shed). This hair will tend to be as long as your longest hair. Breakage will mean that you will have hair without a bulb and likely in shorter choppy strands.

    The good thing though is that if it is breakage, it is growing back already!

  2. Hey Jc,

    I always check for the bulb so I know the majority of hair loss during weekly styling is shed hair but I also see my share of short hairs as well.

    I know that I will lose some weekly. Again, I don't lose an excessive amount, which is why I'm so confused.

    I had one of my natural friends do an inspection at work yesterday and she couldn't see any damage. You are right, at least it's growing back. lol

    I'm wondering if the castor is making new hair sprout. Challenge starter April 22nd.

  3. It could easily just be shed hair so you shouldn't worry too much. Those are a lot of products you're putting in your hair; I always suggest a minimalist approach, but if this is working for you stick to it & your hair will be fine.

  4. Hi AnyaPosh, I don't consider, leave-in, styler, and and oil to be much.

    I've switched from my previous routine of leave-in, moisture, styler and oil.

  5. I may have to look into Hairlista's challenge. I have two bottles of castor oil that I'm trying to get rid of. I used it on my ends when I was still relaxing, but now I just add it into my deep conditioner along with some other oils. It's also helped my eyelashes to thicken up. Strange, but true, lol.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm going to grab one of the books in you recommend on your page on my next Amazon book spree :)


  6. Interesting! I never knew the difference.

  7. Hey there!

    Is castor oil better than coconut oil? I have used olive oil for years but then I switched to coconut oil and didn't see any difference so I went back to using olive oil because it's in more stores...

  8. Hey blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com, Castor oil is touted to encourage new growth. I'm currently participating in a three-month castor oil challenge on hairlista.com and I've definitely noticed growth.

    I've already reached my shoulder length goal and there is still over a month remaining in the challenge.

  9. Wow congrats on hitting shoulder length. I know I've got some castor oil around here somewhere LOL! I am trying to get to APL and fast!