Last October, I colored my hair and was feeling myself, but soon realized that it was damaged and began to break to the point where I had a bald spot! I opened up about my natural hair bald spot on YouTube and Instagram, and I got a lot of encouragement, as well as a whole lot of hypotheses about what could be the cause. One theory was that I had a thyroid disorder, another one suggested I had alopecia, and yet another said that using a hair steamer immediately after coloring my hair caused the damage. It was definitely scary to receive all those different diagnoses, but ultimately I decided to let my hair be for a few months and see if there was any progress – if not, I would seek medical attention.
After 3 months of letting my hair chill – despite pretending like I was going to rub castor oil on it every day – I’m happy to say that I can’t even find the bald spot anymore!
All that huffing and puffing (and tears, to tell the truth and shame the devil) was a waste of time and energy for no reason. I over-manipulated my hair by coloring, blow drying, and wand curling (without a heat protectant) it in a week’s span, and it began to break where it was most vulnerable, the lightest area at the crown. I definitely dodged a bullet by having my bald spot caused by physical tension rather than an internal imbalance, and all it took to bring it back to health was low-maintenance styling, a protein treatment, and crochet braids.
Even though it wasn’t fun finding a bald spot, at least it lit a fire under my behind to take better care of my hair! I’ll continue monitoring my hair and pampering it with styles that don’t cause tension, minimal heat (though I just got a lot of direct heat put on it… but I promise I’ll be good for the next few months), updos, and more protein treatments.