I’ve heard the term scab hair before during my natural journey, but I never thought it was real. I’ve heard people describe the so-called scab hair, but no one ever showed any real proof of this type of hair. There were even women whom claimed that scab hair wasn’t real. I didn’t believe scab hair truly existed until I noticed it in my hair myself.
My definition of scab hair:
Scab hair – Hair that is directly underneath the scalp that has been affected by the hash chemicals(i.e. relaxers, texturizers). Even though the hair is new growth it isn’t “trained” to behave in it’s natural state. The hair can be straight-wiry, very dry, hard, and brittle. It usually takes somewhere around 6 months to a year to completely grow it out. – Derived from Motowngirl.com
When I first did my big chop I noticed that the hair that grew in, especially on my sides, was extremely hard, rough, and wiry. It didn’t respond well to the Kinky Curly Custard at all. No matter what amount I applied, the hair continued to stay in that rough, wiry, ugly, texture. I accepted this hair as my own hair texture until now, 11 months later when I blew my hair out and decided to straighten it for the first time to see it’s true length and decide on my wedding hair style.
When I blew out my hair I used a heat protectant and a ceramic hand held blow dryer. I noticed that all my hair except for the ends came straight. My ends remained rough, wiry, and kinky. I then applied my ceramic flat iron and to my surprise my ends would not respond to the heat from the flat iron either. My hair was soft, shiny and healthy looking until I reached the ends which were wiry, rough, hard, and ugly. This is when it hit me that the ends could not be my true texture and maybe this scab hair thing was true.
At first I twittered the description of what happened after I straightened my hair, one woman said that she experience the same thing and she just cut it off. Another woman claimed that I needed to go to a professional and have my hair blow dried and also stated that it was probably a result of my hair being dry due to lack of moisture. Now if you are a reader of my blog, you know very well how adamant I am about moisturizing my hair and ends as well as applying oil to them. I asked her did she experience this after her big chop, and she said yes after she cut off her dreads. After she stated she had dreads prior to her bc, I knew she couldn’t relate because she didn’t have a relaxer years prior.
From what I gather, scab hair is damaged hair that grows in right after your big chop. It’s the result of years of relaxer application in which chemicals have seeped into the scalp causing the new growth to be rough, dry, and wiry. This hair is not your true texture and women whom are unaware of their actual texture make the mistake of accepting it as such. Some women may not experience this, or just don’t notice it. I am here to tell you whether you experience it our not it is true. Scab hair is real!
I spent the better part of my day cutting this new hybrid of hair out of my head. There’s probably about less than 1/2 inch of scab hair left, but that will eventually be removed with a nice trim 3-6 months from now.
The good part is the majority of it is gone. I cut about 1-1/2 inches of scab hair from my head, setting me back 3-4 months of hair growth. I’m completely fine with that though.
The horrible hair is removed and my hair will be back at shoulder length by March 2010. This experience alone has taught me the damaging effects of a chemical relaxer and I vow to never suffer my hair to one ever again. Had I known that relaxers caused this much damage, even underneath the scalp I would’ve reconsidered relaxing in the first place.