Posted on February 16, 2010 by Samara

Scab Hair Update!

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Last month I did a caramel treatment because I intended on removing the last of the scab hair. I am really tired of cutting my hair, but I know that I will never be able to fully enjoy my hair until I remove the scab hair, so after applying the caramel treatment , I applied a heat protector and blew my hair dry with my ceramic blow dryer. I then flat ironed my hair to reveal the unresponsive, scab hair. Next I took my shears and began removing the scab hair from every strand. I really had it and I wasn’t going to just remove some of it. I removed all of it causing me to cut an inch of hair off :(.

Once I shampooed my hair again (a week later) and looked at my natural hair texture it was so gorgeous. My hair was beautiful, glossy, and full of spirals and coils. There was no bird nest effect going on in my hair anymore. Each strand had a curl pattern and I have now realized how beautiful 4a/4b hair really is. It is a gift from God, and I am so very happy with my true hair texture now that the scab hair is finally gone :D!

If you are transitioning from a relaxer or even a texturizer, you may or may not experience this, but if you do start to notice hair growing out of your scalp that is major dry and without any curl pattern at all, you may have scab hair. Please do not give up and turn back to a relaxer by making the mistake that this is your real hair texture. You will be surprised how beautiful your hair texture really is once you’ve grown out the scab hair completely and removed it. I for one, thought my hair was like that once until I noticed a beautiful spiral growing out from my scalp one day. It was that day that I realized that the hair on the ends was not my true texture of hair.



  1. Your hair looks very healthy and beautiful.

    Comment by Evelyn — February 16, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

  2. Your hair looks great…beautiful texture. I started my transition in November. My hair in the center is soft and wavy, but the hair around my hairline and nape is dry and rough. I guess this is “scab” hair…geez. That relaxer is calling my name, but I’m trying to ignore it. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Andrea — March 28, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

  3. I cut my hair off in January after a horrible sew in weave gone wrong. My hair is very rough and seems to stay dry no matter what I do to it. I love the short hair and just need some tips so that I am not frustrated and want to run back to relaxing my hair. HELP!!!!

    Comment by shireka — March 29, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

  4. I would need more information to address this situation properly. You said you cut off your hair, but was this a big chop? When you cut your hair off did you basically remove all your relaxed hair? If so you may be dealing with scab hair and running back to a relaxer will not help. It’s best to just deal with the hair, moisturizing and deep conditioning it often until you grow this hair out. Relaxing the hair is what made your hair like that in the first place, if it is indeed scab hair.

    Comment by Samara — March 30, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

  5. I have been transitioning for 7 months. I recently did a big chop in the back and almost to the crown leaving length on the sides and front. It looks like there are curls but the ends are so fuzzy and split looking and dry it looks like a bird’s nest maybe i need to cut more?..however in the front and crown i see lots of spirls and curls..can the textures be that different on one head ??

    Comment by nicole — April 7, 2010 @ 10:15 am

  6. Yes, you can have more than one texture on your head, some people have even 3 textures! I for one am one of those individuals. I have 4a in the front and crown of my head, 4b in the back and 3c in small areas on the sides.

    However, scab hair may have affected your hair more in the back than in the front. In my personal experience the sides was the worst of all. if you see spirals growing in under the fuzzy, damaged hair, you may still have scab hair and will need to cut those ends off. Especially if there’s split ends. You don’t want that hair to affect your new beautiful hair.

    Comment by Samara — April 7, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

  7. ok thanks..I’m starating to think a BC is better because transitioning has caused a lot of split ends especially at the line of demarcation..
    thanks again

    Comment by nicole — April 8, 2010 @ 12:23 am

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