Typically, forty percent of all people show hair loss by age 35. But when hair loss is continuous and results in the scalp being exposed is when there is probably a hair loss issue. The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. It comes in several forms and can show up gradually. It comes at a pace that you may not even notice the changes right away.
Androgenetic alopecia is due to genetics, age and hormonal changes. Slowly, over time, normal hair (terminal hair) converts into thin, fine (vellus) hair that resemble the hairs of a newborn. This is the result of the follicle shrinking. In men, this is known as Male Pattern Baldness and is usually indicated by thinning around the temples, hairline and crown of the head. Alopecia Areata is the result of hair falling out in round patches randomly. The scalp in the round areas is completely exposed and considered to be bald . Because the follicle is attacked by white bloods cells this is an auto-immune disease. A couple of of other common forms of alopecia is Alopecia Senilis and Traction Alopecia. Senilis Alopecia is hair loss due to old age. It is said that fifty percent of women lose additional hair other than shedding by the age fifty. Traction Alopecia is hair loss due to excessive pulling, tightness of hair due to styles that require pressure and extensions that are heavier than the natural hair. This occurs mostly around the perimeter or hairline. This is one form of alopecia that a stylist can assist in treating by paying attention to the SEEN causes of the problem.
Because most alopecia disorders are blood borne, the best way to approach the problem is to consider cleaning the body as a whole. Getting more oxygen through exercise is a key factor as well as taking vitamin supplements such as Vitamin E, sulfur and biotin. Of course, a dermatologist should always be sought out to determine the nature of the hair loss and prescribe further treatment. If there is no way to naturally grow the hair back, then it would be advisable to find a stylist that is well educated in trichology as well as cranial prosthesis.
Most people make the decision to lock their hair before they find the exact method they want to use. You can lock your hair through these methods: freeform, palm rolling, interlock method, crochet method, twists or branded designer techniques such as Sisterlocks (TM), Bradelocz or Microlocks. I’m writing this post to help those in question get a basic understanding of the different ways you can lock according to my experience. This does not include loc extensions.
Freeform: A way of locking that lacks uniform. Hair is left untamed to mat together over the course of time. No manipulations (combing, backbrushing or any use of tools) are required. Because there are no manipulations or uniform this can take a very long time. The time frame is usually six months or longer to develop a locking pattern.
Palm Rolling – A way of locking that involves winding of the hair shaft. This technique can be done from bottom to top or reversed. There are several ways to palm roll. There are techniques done with one hand, techniques with two hands, and one with one palm on top of the back of the hand. More advanced stylists secure this style temporarily with clips, interlocking techniques, rubberbands, thread or product.
Interlocking – this method is accomplished through a technique very similar to single crochet. In other words, a pattern of loops are stacked from the shaft of the hair up to the root. This is usually done with a crochet hook or specialized hooks that are found online. Variations of this technique include braiding, backcombing, or two-strand twisting the shaft and then using the interlocking technique for the roots and new hairs. Interlocking results vary based upon texture but take anywhere from one month and up to lock.
Crocheting (instalocs) – This is probably one of the most evolved and popular techniques used. Hair is tangled or teased by using fast strokes of a very small crochet hook – this results in the hair tangling very tightly. You could say that’s why they call the locks Instalocs because the hair is matted and locked the same day you initiate the process.
Twisting – Hair can also be locked through comb twist, finger twist or two strand twisting. These all include winding of the hair into a cylindrical shape. Comb twist, of course, are done with a comb. Finger twists are usually done with the pads of the fingers. Two strand twist are done with two sections of hair overlapping each other.
Other methods of locking that are considered a branded form of locking include Sisterlocks, Bradelocz, Twisty Locs and Microlocks. Of all these Sisterlocks is the most well known technique. These locks are micro thin and from a distance resemble natural flowing hair. Most people who get Sisterlocks have an average of 250-400 Sisterlocks overall. The Microlocks technique is a variation of the interlocking technique and on average a full head count is about 125-250. Bradelocz is an example of the interlocking technique at the roots but distinguished by a braid in the shaft area. Lastly twisty locks are a combination of two-strand twists combined with interlocking.
I hope this post was helpful to you. These are the most popular and efficient ways of locking hair. In the future there will be many more. It’s exciting to know these techniques will pave the way for even more creativity through future stylists!
I can usually tell a person doesn’t have a beautician that specializes in healthy hair care by one thing:
But that is not always the case some people have thinning hairlines due to genetic predisposition. I look at the temporal (over the ears) to see how thin the hair is.
Based off my experience, the sides down to the neck seem to be the last area to be affected by pattern baldness. So thinning in that area could mean a lot of excessive pulling.
Ways that I’ve eliminated breakage:
Biotin – increases elasticity, strengthens follicles and nourishes hair
Water: flushes out impurities that may cause clogging in the blood vessels (capillaries) of scalp
Scalp Scrub by ORS once a month for three months
Scalp Fertilizer Serum by ORS twice a day
Most women who go natural claim to have no preparation in advance. Sew-in’s, braids and other transitional styles have given women a break from the “new growth” police. In fact, transitional styles, worn at least 6-8 months, promise women with enough natural new growth to create a style that compliments them. When letting your hair rest in a protective style, remember these key things:
1. Don’t let buildup of scalp debris become an issue. Buildup equals odor. Dry Shampoo is your friend, HerbaCleanse by ORS is my suggestion for buildup.
2. Take biotin supplements. This grows your hair to its thickest capacity and even gives you great skin and thick nails. Be sure to take this supplement for at least three months for the best results.
3. Invest in a good edge cream that supports the edges of your hair. Transitional styles can pull your edges, be sure to provide care for them by not applying too much weight. Transitions is a good edge cream that helps with hair growth as well.
4. Oil your hair with a liquid oil at least once weekly.
Should natural hair stylists be required to attend cosmetology school?
People that ask me that question usually get the answer themselves when I ask this question.
So exactly what is hair made of?
A STYLIST IS MORE THAN JUST A DESIGNER.
When it comes down to certification, I am a cheerleader for it. WORTH IS MEASURED by your standards. QUALITY IS measured by knowledge. Skill and knowledge can have two separate definitions. You can have skill at styling but no knowledge as to why that style is thinning your clients hair.
YOU CAN BE SKILLED TO DO ANYTHING WITH THE HELP OF YOUTUBE!
But when it comes to value – before your clients appreciate anything else they will respect a certification.
Cosmetology school teaches you the basics – but they are basic NECESSITIES. Hair is hair …natural or not. Just as any other profession–it’s levels to it!
There is no shortcut solution when it comes to it–you must be trained to deal with any hair situation that comes your way no matter what type of stylist you are. Feeling that you have enough experience without schooling is like saying you only expect one type of client to come your way.
It’s like saying you could be a doctor, or astronaut, or surgeon…just by doing a little review.