Hair Tips by Dr. Knight 

           To Our 'Naturalistas'

Beginning the journey? I don't suggest cutting your hair unless you are aiming

for a designated shape. If you have hair loss, you may need longer hair for

coverage in some areas (which you will find out after you begin styling).

Slowly cutting/trimming your hair is more safe to achieve your look while

working into the style your hair chooses for you!

Most begin with a moisturizing cleanser, a rinse out conditioner, a leave-in conditioner and a curling product (or mix and create your own). Time will tell which brands/items perform the best for you. Then, it's about methodology.

A large wide toothed comb, a Denman brush (or similar effect styling tool), a spray bottle with water and clips to section and hold the hair are needed. Keep the hair very wet, section and detangle the hair, working one section at a time. Apply products you like (one of the many oils/butters, curling cream, etc.) and set the curl - curly and wavy with the Denman, 3 strand, 2 strand, single strand twists and mild heat. Finish with air drying if needed but the hair should be completely dry. Then finger style or manipulate your hair into the style you desire using styling aids minimally to avoid disturbing your curl or dried segments.

Reading the 'Reviews' on products you are considering purchasing can be very helpful. In addition, instructional videos and information may be seen on sites like Hair Rules, Sally's, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.  More to come!

Quiz

Which of these women will experience progressive hair loss later in life?

Answer . . . 

The 2nd and 3rd women will - due to prolonged traction (pull) from their twists/braids as well as pinning of the knots to the scalp. The hair of the model in the middle appears to be thinning already with widely spaced parts showing on her scalp. All have natural hair but the first model has no pull or traction on the follicles. This allows for continued health (no inflammation) of the scalp and nourishment with a good blood supply to the hair bulbs. With time, her hair will show some thinning with age but no excessive hair loss or balding. 

Traction Alopecia