After a bout of chickenpox recently, I lost my hairline hair. Find out how I am going to stimulate and grow it back.
The news of the outbreak
A few weeks after the birth of my last born, we were in the car driving to the wedding of our friends in Tuscany.
I received a message on the whatsapp group where all the mum’s of my eldest’s class chat. When I saw the notification, I thought to myself “what do they want again? These mums never finish.” There are days when they would chat on for hours.
In any case I went ahead and read the message and it was one mum informing us that her son had chickenpox. So did many other mums mention that their kids had chickenpox too.
It was clear there was a chickenpox outbreak in the class. Dreading this coming home and possibly passing it on to the newborn we decided that he would not go back to kindergarten until it has passed, praying silently that he was not already infected.
Exactly two weeks after we received the news of the outbreak he got sick.
The itchy period
The next two weeks were spent separately, living in the same house but different parts of the house.
Luckily my husband already had it as a child, so he could look after the eldest while I keep the baby away from his brother till it passes.
As chickenpox is a very common childhood disease especially in the developed world, everyone thought it was strange for me not to have had it already at this age.
As he got better and it cleared up around 2 weeks later, I got it too and so did baby.
We were very happy and relieved when it started clearing up after about a week.
Two weeks later it was completely gone.
I was terrified a few days later checking in the mirror and I realized that the chickenpox had taken my hairline with.
Not only do I have to deal with the scars/spots from the rash, now I had a hairline to regrow again.
Receding hairline is an issue many people are faced with.
There are numerous causes, but many people especially experience this problem from extensions and tight cornrows, styles that require pulling and tying the hair to the back too tightly.
I had previously damaged my hairline because of braids that I used to pull back tightly.
This is how I previously regrew my hairline and how I am going to regrow it again:
- Daily moisturizing: I moisturize my hair everyday using my spritz, and massage my hairline delicately.
- JBCO: Every evening before I go to bed I massage Jamaican Black Castor Oil onto my hairline.
- Headscarf: I make sure I always sleep with my satin/silk headscarf. This ensures that my hair does not get tangled with the cotton pillow case and break.
- I minimize stress on my hairline:
- No tying back my hair.
- No braids. If I decide to wear braids, I make sure they are big enough and are not tightly braided. I know many braiders tend to pull badly as is common believe that for the style to last, they have to pull it tightly and braid it tightly. This not only makes you uncomfortable, it damages your hairline. Luckily it is summer now, so I can wear my hair in loose styles (i.e. twistouts, braid outs, twists, etc).
This worked previously, so it should work again. Two weeks after starting I already see an improvement, there is new growth where it was completely bald:
Keep in mind
It is important to remember that this is not going to work overnight.
It will take time, patience and lots of care to regrow.
If you start and after a few weeks you still do not see any improvement, keep at it.
If it still does not work, maybe you should consider going for professional help as the condition might be more serious than you think.
I will keep you posted on my progress.