[Q]JESS ASKS: "How do you try to prevent thinning edges when you have your marley twists/ protective styles in?"
The number one thing is to avoid doing the twists too tight so as to avoid placing too much tension on the hair. I started off following this letter but I soon found myself doing the sections at my edges smaller (which made them tighter) in order to reduce frizz and keep them looking neater, longer).
[Q]Alyssa asks: "My hair is relaxed but I haven't gotten a perm since maybe 2 months ago, but I'm wondering if this means that've just stretched my relaxer long or if I'm transitioning, but will I damage my hair by getting a perm, if I haven't had one in so long?"
8 weeks is a pretty normal relaxer stretch (and is recommended for hair health because hair only grows on average half an inch a month... so you want at least an inch of new growth before your next touch up to prevent relaxer overlap); it isn't really considered a "long" stretching.
You'd be transitioning only if you made the active decision to transition to natural hair.
Extending the time between your relaxer doesn't automatically equal damaging your hair, the key is to take care of your hair while you stretch your relaxer. The longer you stretch your relaxer, the more susceptible your hair will become to breakage if you aren't keeping the line of demarcation - the area where your natural new growth and relaxed hair meet - by keep it moisturized. Moisture is key because it helps hair retain elasticity, which allows hair to stretch while being manipulated without breaking.
[Q]Taylor asks: "Hi Jen. When you cowash or use cleansing conditioners (like the Carol's Daughter cleansing conditioner) do you apply it and rinse it out just once, or do you do it twice?"
Hi Taylor, once usually gets the job done, but if I have thicker oil in my hair (like castor oil) I'll do it twice to make sure I get the oil out.
[Q]Ty asks: "Hi Jen! I've missed your post. So happy that you're back to blogging regularly. My question isn't hair related. I was wondering if you exercise regularly and if you do, would you consider doing posts of that nature? About diet and exercise?"
Hi Ty, yes I do exercise regularly. Sure I can do workout posts, but what structure would y'all be interested in seeing? Weekly recaps? What monthly fitness challenges I'm doing + updates?
[Q]A reader asks: Do you believe in scab hair, and if so, did you experience it during your transition?"
I don't believe in scab hair and no I didn't experience it. Naturallycurly.com does a great job at summing up what scab hair is.
Naturalhaircarenews.com gives the most common description of scab hair: 'Scab hair is the natural hair, (new growth) which is damaged from previous use of chemical relaxers or other scalp damage. Based on the changes to our scalp and hair follicles from the regular use of relaxer chemicals, the hair that grows post relaxers is malformed or damaged so it grows out wiry and dry. It can take a while for hair that is not damaged to grow from the scalp after years of relaxing or other scalp damage.'
When discussing the truth about scab hair with Dr. Linda Amerson, a doctor of trichology and expert on hair and scalp disorders, she candidly states, “There is no such thing.”
It is not that chemical treatments, primarily relaxers and texturizers, cause scab hair as much as it is improper or frequent use of those chemical treatments can damage the scalp in a manner that results in an altering of the hair texture. The bottom line is that a damaged scalp can change your hair texture, regardless of the means. [Source]My scalp wasn't damaged when I transitioned so I did not experience scab hair.
[Q]Sade asks: Hi Jen......good luck in ur exams. I have recently come across shea butter, can it be used on relaxed hair as a moisturizer and if so, do you seal with a oil?"
Hi Sade, shea butter is not a moisturizer because it lacks water, but it can be used to seal a moisturizer.
[Q]Nicole asks: Hi Jen! When you were texlaxed how did you deal with split/frayed ends? I just got my hair pressed and I slept and the scarf came off and my ends look a bit frayed, which is frustrating because I got my split ends cut yesterday.
Hi Nicole, I trimmed my split or frayed ends. I wish there was a magic potion but the only way to get rid of splits is to remove them. To prevent split ends I kept my ends moisturized, sealed with grapeseed oil, and kept them away from my clothes/tucked under a silk scarf when sleeping. Sleeping on a satin or silk pillow case is a great backup in case your scarf comes off, mine have saved me many a time.
[Q]Bernetta asks: Hi I am trying to grow my daughters hair. It was grazing WL but broke off to MBL because it stays dry. I did a hit oil treatment. I hate using rubber bands for styles for school, but I do. Please help me and advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hi there, just a few suggestions: Silk wrapped scrunchies rather than rubber bands. Deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner + moisturizing and sealing her hair during the week to combat dryness.
[Q]Will you ever post more about your life? I noticed you mentioned "your guy"
I've kept my life off this blog to 1) keep the content hair focused and 2) I didn't really think you all would be interested. Should I post more about my life here????
[Q]Do we get to hear more about your guy? You never share your life :/ were interested!
Well I guess that's one vote to share more about my life lol. Yes I'll share more about him. He's already wondering what the JGAers will think of him lol... and I have a feeling I just got side-eyed for disclosing that :P