Sisterlock Adoration: Finding True Hair Freedom

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Embarassing White Flakes That Won't Wash out

WHITE FLAKE UPDATE:

Ladies,

Thanks so much! You always come through for me. I didn't think it really looked exactly like dandruff, but I just couldn't figure it out. It is about time for a grooming, since it been about more than 2 1/2 years since I've locked, and I've never had a grooming I'm going to try that. I'll also try the Listerine Ms. Sunshine Sisterlocks. Ms. Detra, thanks for feeling my pain. LOL!

Here's a few of your thoughts that seem to make sense:

Anonymous said...
By looking at the pictures it does not appear to be flakes...it looks more like, I'll call them "hair roots" because I don't know the correct term but I'll try to describe it as best as I can because I experience the same thing. If it is "hair roots" it comes from your hair being retightened and sometimes when my loctitician retighens my hair she pulls hair out from the root and it stays tangled in the hair. What I do to combat this problem if it really starts to annoy me is I will use needle nose tweezers to prcisely grab hold of the "white root" and pull it and it slides right out...

Sunsail said...
Oh! Those aren't flakes. Those are your hair follicles! When you naturally shed hair, instead of falling out when being combed or brushed, the hair is enmeshed in your lock. I've heard that grooming helps. There's also hair dy to cover it up.


ORIGINAL POST:
Hi All-

I love the Sisterlocks community because I always feel comfortable sharing things even if they are really embarassing. I wash my hair once a week (sometimes twice depending on my workout during the week)as recommended by my sisterlock consultant. However, during the winter, I get a horribly dry scalp that results in flakes that I can't wash out of my locks no matter how many times I wash. I've try all kind of dandruff shampoo and even purchased the sisterlock new dry scalp moisture spray. Just to be clear, I wash very vigorously squeezing shampoo through each lock. It does not really help, and I hate the thought of my hair appearing as if it's dirty. I'm attaching some photos taken right after a wash. You have to look close to see the flakes, but you certainly SEE them...

SOMEONE HELP! ANY ADVICE WOULD BE HELPFUL!

Thanks,
Sisterlock Adoration



12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

By looking at the pictures it does not appear to be flakes...it looks more like, I'll call them "hair roots" because I don't know the correct term but I'll try to describe it as best as I can because I experience the same thing. If it is "hair roots" it comes from your hair being retightened and sometimes when my loctitician retighens my hair she pulls hair out from the root and it stays tangled in the hair. What I do to combat this problem if it really starts to annoy me is I will use needle nose tweezers to prcisely grab hold of the "white root" and pull it and it slides right out. :)

1:50 PM  
Blogger Sunshine Sisterlocks said...

It sounds weird, but try Listerine. I mentioned it in one of my earlier posts. Do a Google search if you're not 100% convinced by me. I have extremely dry scalp and it works. You have to use the original (amber-coloured) formula. Place some in a spray bottle, take it with you in the shower...spray it on your scalp and locks...let it soak while you clean your body, then you can rinse thoroughly. The smell evaporates as your locks dry.

It's definitely worth a try. Good luck!

11:56 AM  
Blogger sunsail said...

Oh! Those aren't flakes. Those are your hair follicles! When you naturally shed hair, instead of falling out when being combed or brushed, the hair is enmeshed in your lock. I've heard that grooming helps. There's also hair dy to cover it up.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Detra said...

I am so very happy you posted about this. I have and still have the same issue, however, I knew it wasnt dandruff, because I have never had a problem with dandruff, I actually was scared because they look like little eggs, I was freaking out like, OMG do I have head lice....LMAO...I still have them and would love to hear more feedback on how to get them out of my locks.

12:40 AM  
Blogger Penny said...

oooh I have those. I am glad you asked the question. After looking at them I too discovered it was hair follicles. I am not sure but isnt that a bad thing and does that mean that they are reti-- too tight if they are pulling the hair out the root. especially in the hairline area. I saw this lady with locks at the store and her hairline was gone. She looked like Susan Taylor (essence editor back in the day and you know her hair line recedes.. Yes and I too thought they were little eggs just like detra.... I am freaking out

9:05 PM  
Blogger LadyButterfly said...

I can definitely relate. My consultant told me that they are usually at the nape of your neck. She said it was lint that collected in your hair from rubbing against your clothes. She always wears a bonnet when pulling any sweater, shirt or top over her head. She also sits up so that her head does not touch her headrest in the car or even her collar. If anyone really knows what it is please let me know. These little jokers are not going anywhere. I am on way to the bathroom right now with the tweezers. Wish me luck! :) Thanks Anonymous...

12:26 PM  
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9:10 PM  
Blogger Bajan Lily said...

Thanks ever so much for posting about this. I'm pretty sure they are hair roots like most of the other commentators have suggested - the same thing has happened to me! The scary thing is mine are mostly on the locks around my hairline and some locks seem damaged ie they are thinner now since so many follicles have come out.

I'm soldiering on though... when they annoy me too much (you know when they make my hair look dirty) - I use a semi-perm hair dye or some eye powder to blend them in to the rest of my hair (not recommended I know but there really are too many of them!) If I used a tweezer to pull them out my locks would unravel... my other idea is to use a nail clipper and just snip the root bit off.

3:35 AM  
Anonymous Jasmine said...

Hi, I actually had the same thing happened to me and I noticed it was the Sisterlock shampoo that was causing it for me. I stopped using it and it slowly began to go away. This is just my personal experience, but I don't have the "white bulbs" anymore, which is what my certified hairstylist told me they were called. Hope this helps.

1:32 AM  
Blogger JenRene Owens said...

thanks for the insight! ;0)

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2:01 PM  
Blogger Ms. Theo said...

I am a licensed stylist who has had sisterlocks for almost 8 months. I too have experienced this but there is no need to worry. These white egg-looking annoyances are actually the lining of the hair follicle and it is perfectly normal. Hair sheds daily but with locs it has no place go but in the loc. If your hair was loose it would be better to see fallen strands with bulbs than short,broken pieces. If you pick the hair out you may thin out your locs. Making sure your locs are not tightened too tight doesn't hurt. For some reason I don't see them anymore. It may have dried up and fell off since it is no longer attached to its life source. I am not a certified consultant but I have heard people using a color rinse to cover it. Be careful washing your hair more than every 10 days especially in the dry winter months. I am curious to see if the seasons play a part in this (because you shed more at different times)or if it is the stage of the loc??? I will see. PEACE AND PATIENCE :)

7:58 PM  

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