Hi. My name is Gwen. I have a 4yo daughter that has a bald spot . We went to a water park last year in july and forgot to wash her hair.a couple days later when i started doing her hair it just came out in patched.i have tried everything and it just won’t grow.her hair seem to be thinning around that area.her scalp stay dry. i use leave in conditioner and water in a spray bottle. Olive oil grease or black tar grease. I have spent a lot of money on products like Mille organics. I give her vitamin everyday.NOTHING IS WORKING. I don’t know what to do.i do the same with my 6yo and her hair is thick and down her back. I need some HELP! PLEASE.

Hi. My name is Gwen. I have a 4yo daughter that has a bald spot . We went to a water park last year in july and forgot to wash her hair.a couple days later when i started doing her hair it just came out in patched.i have tried everything and it just won’t grow.her hair seem to be thinning around that area.her scalp stay dry. i use leave in conditioner  and water in a spray bottle. Olive oil grease or black tar grease. I have spent a lot of money on products  like Mille organics. I give her vitamin everyday.NOTHING IS WORKING. I don’t know what to do.i do the same with my 6yo and her hair is thick and down her back. I need some HELP!   PLEASE.

Natural Hair Novice Asked on August 1, 2016 in Hair Damage/Hair Loss.
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Hi Gwen,

Yes, that’s a pretty tough lesson to learn. Pool water not only has chlorine, but it also has a lot of pollutants that aren’t good for hair.

Get rid of the hair greases all together and check out this article on clarifying treatments. Those inexpensive hair greases contain cheap ingredients that can seal the hair strand to a point where no moisture can get in. Water/moisture are the keys to hair growth. It’s less about the products and more about your regimen and how you physically treat the hair. Take a moment and ask yourself the following questions:

  • If your child is a year or older are you deep conditioning his or her hair weekly or at least biweekly and processing with heat?
  • Does your little one sleep with a satin bonnet or on a satin pillowcase or blanket EVERY night?
  • When you detangle your little one’s hair, are you only doing it when the hair is damp and slick with conditioner?
  • When you detangle are you doing it in sections and only using your fingers and a wide-tooth comb?
  • Is your child getting in the recommended amount of water for his or her age group each day?
  • If your child’s hair is long enough, do you keep it in a protective style (braids, twists, cornrows) at least 70% of the time?

If you answered “no” to any of those questions then those would be some great places to start in nursing her hair back to health. If you’re manipulating her hair (combing, brushing) more than a couple times a week, that can be part of the issue as well. If her hair is long enough, she needs to wear some type of long term protective style (braids, twists, cornrows) for the majority of the week. The less you have to manipulate her hair the better.

Your first step should be to clarify, then wash with a sulfate free shampoo. Follow that up with a deep conditioning that you process with heat (use a hair bonnet dryer or heat up the conditioner a few seconds in the microwave.) Follow that up with a leave-in conditioner (Kinky Curly Knot Today is a great one) and then grab yourself a natural oil like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil to seal all of your moisture in. 🙂

Remember, each person has a unique hair type, texture and porosity that will require a unique regimen. 🙂

Admin Answered on August 1, 2016.

Thanks so much for your response. We I’ll start deep conditioning weekly. I try to keep her hair braided but it’s hard because of the bald spot and her scalp dries out so quickly. I use little or no heat on her hair. I use evoo but her scalp drinks it like water on hot pavement. But I’m going to try.once again thanks so much.

on August 1, 2016.

It sounds like her hair is very porous right now. In the long run, you may need to trim off the damaged hair as her hair grows to gain her a full head of healthy hair. Here’s a good article on high porosity hair that may shed some light. If you’ve never done a protein treatment on her hair, I think she’d really benefit. 🙂

on August 1, 2016.
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