Dear Hairtural Help My Hair! Can relaxed hair go back to natural?

Relaxers break the dishulphide bonds in the hair and permanently change the curl pattern from curly to straight. This process cannot be reversed. To go natural, you'll need to stop relaxing and allow the new growth to be natural.

Dear Hairtural Help My Hair! What is the difference between hair type, hair textures, and hair profile?

Hair type; describes your hair's curl shape and pattern. The alphanumeric typing chart lists hair types from numbers 1 to 4, with subcategories of A, B, and C. Type 1 is straight, type 2 is wavy, type 3 is curly, and type 4 is coily/kinky. Hair texture; describes the circumference of your hair. There are three different hair texture types—fine (thinner than sewing thread), medium (same size and sewing thread) and thick/coarse (thicker than sewing thread). Hair profile; describes your hair according to a number of key characteristics - ability to retain moisture, texture, type, and sebum production in the scalp. The Hair Profile classifies your hair according to 4 profiles, Dry, Sensitive, Fragile, and Oily. Take our hair quiz to learn which is your hair profile.

Dear Hairtural Help My Hair! What is the difference between a style and plait?

A style consists of 6 or less cornrows (or none) with bubbles, while a plait has more than 6 cornrows.

Dear Hairtural Help My Hair! How long does it take to plait or style?

Plaiting takes a maximum of 2 hours and a style takes about an hour to an hour and a half.

Dear Hairtural Help My Hair! I gave birth 3 months ago and I am experiencing dramatic hair loss. I am starting to panic!!

Shedding hair in the first 2 to 6 months after having a baby is not unusual. During pregnancy the body's estrogen and progesterone levels increase which keeps the hair in an ongoing stage of growth - resulting in thick and lush hair. After pregnancy the estrogen levels drop, and the hair remains in the resting stage for about 3 months before it falls out. The excessive hair shedding is not permanent and self corrects with time.

Dear Hairtural Help My Hair! I have a scalp situation. It looks like cradle cap. Some hair thinning.

Cradle cap is infant sebhorrheic dermatitis, it occurs as a result of excessive oil production causing redness that is covered by yellow oily scales (dandruff). It is normally associated with itching. Treatment for sebhorrheic dermatitis includes medicated shampoos, creams and lotions. Consult a dermatologist.

Dear Hairtural Help My Hair! Tight braiding ruined my hair line, so where do I start? Regaining healthy well nourished natural hair?

Traction alopecia refers to hair loss as a result of braiding the hair tightly. Repeated stress on the hair from tight braids results in lots of broken hairs in the early stages. This will be followed by alopecia and eventully, scarring. Scarring is when the hair follicle is destroyed, replaced by scar tissue, causing permanent hair loss. The most important step in regaining healthy hair is to stop doing tension hairstyles that put strain on the hair, its important to give the hair some room to recover.

Dear Hairtural Help My Hair! How often does one need to wash her hair?

You need to wash your hair once a week, and if your hair is in a protective style every 2 weeks.

Dear Hairtural Help My Hair! My hair is shedding a lot and getting thinner. How do I stop this from continuing?

Hair shedding is a natural part of your hair's growth cycle, on average you shed between 50-100 hairs per day. When you shed significantly more than that, excessive hair shedding, it's called telogen effluvium. It is generally temporary and self-correcting when the triggering event is treated. The causes of the temporary excessive hair shedding range from operations, end of pregnancy, fevers, change in diet, and medication. Excessive hair shedding can be chronic. The common causes of chronic har shedding are underlying medical or nutritional problems (like mineral deficiencies, anemia and hormonal imbalances). Consult a dermatologist.