Scab hair does exist. It isn’t an urban hair legend.
After I cut off the relaxer, something very strange started to happen. Clumps of crispy straight hair started to grow from my scalp and I was dumbfounded. I assumed that my memory was playing nasty tricks on me. Maybe my hair wasn’t as nappy as I remembered it being? Maybe it was my new conditioner that was behind the patches of bone straight hair? Maybe there was something wrong with the water quality? I had no idea what was going on, but I knew that something was awry.
Over the next 6 months, the straight hair diminished and the kinks that I remembered from childhood grew into its place. My solution to the straight hair problem was to trim, trim, trim.
Years later, I joined Nappturality and I realized that I was not the only one who went through this wacky phenomenon. This natural hair weirdness had a name. It was called SCAB HAIR! The theory behind scab hair is that relaxers can cause long-term damage to hair that you can’t even see yet. That’s right people; relaxers can damage your future hair. I know that it sounds impossible, but it happened to me.
What in the hell is scab hair?
Scab hair is the result of your scalp purging itself of those funky left over chemicals from years of hair relaxing. The good thing is that scab hair does not happen to all women. For some scab hair is straight, for others it’s extra dry and difficult to deal with. Over the years I’ve never seen any scientific research on the topic of scab hair, but I believe that the thousands of women with the same shared hair experience cannot be wrong.
What should you do if scab hair happens to you?
My advice is to those of you dealing with crappy scab hair is to condition, condition, condition, and trim. Conditioning will not reverse the damage or change the texture of the yucky hair, but it will help you get through the process of transitioning. The important thing is not to give up during this stage.
Scab hair sucks, but going natural is a pretty awesome thing.
It gets better.