One of my key goals during my journey is to baby my nape to get it healthy and eventually the same length as the rest of my hair. I wasn't too excited to post this pic, but this is my journey and I wanted to share everything...even the not so pretty. :( When I get to my goal I'm sure I'll be glad that I posted this pic just to remember where I started and feel good about my ultimate progress.
|Current condition of my nape|
|Smooth edges by tying with silk scarf|
Hair cut in Spring 2011
Causes of Nape Damage
1. Scarfs, jackets, or other clothing rubbing the hair and causing friction and thus breakage. I've always been a cold natured person so I wear jackets and sweaters a lot especially at work.
2. Overprocessing when relaxing. Many people apply the relaxer to this area first because they think that it is the most resistant. The result is overprocessed, dry, crunchy hair which equals breakage.
3. Poorly neutralizing the nape after relaxer. The stylist may not rinse that area as thoroughly since it is not visible.
4. Not wiping down the neck area of the sink after rinsing and neutralizing. The stylist may have rinsed off the relaxer back there, but if she hasn't wiped down the bowl very well and places your head right back on the bowl, you just got more relaxer on your hair which again causes over processing and damage. I'm pretty short and have a hard time getting my head all the way back into the bowl, so my nape is sitting where my neck should be a lot of the time. I think this was my major cause of nape damage.
|silky hair wrap scarf|
5. Make sure to moisturize this part of the hair as often as possible. This section will need extra care and attention.
6. Apply castor oil to the hair and scalp. Castor oil is known to nourish hair and stimulate hair growth.
I am now a self relaxer and have incorporated all of the above Recovery techniques into my regimen. I am making good progress so far, and though it seems to be slow(ya'll know I'm just impatient...lol) I am sure I will see continued progress.
Is anyone else having nape issues? What things have you found to have caused the problem and what techniques have you used to fix your issue? Did this work for you?
Please share and thanks for reading!
Please see this post here for an update on my nape progress as of December 2014.