QOTD: Curl Pattern and Scab Hair

(via transitioningmovement.com)

Hey y’all, a couple of weeks ago people were asking me about scab hair, and I addressed it in my Q&A over at Transitioning Movement. And while yes, I do believe that scab hair exists, I also think that *some* people use scab hair to hang onto a false hope that their hair will eventually become curlier and more defined. From experiences I have heard, and my own experience, scab hair is not going to be consistent and all over your head. Anywho, check the post out.

Jc of The Natural Haven also has a post on scab hair that may be beneficial.


8 thoughts on “QOTD: Curl Pattern and Scab Hair

    • Elle says:

      Yes…I read that, which is why I posted it in my initial reply (see last link). Like I said, those reasons wouldn’t apply to me.

  1. Tatiana says:

    I definitely think that if it’s not 3″ of hair or less (the first 3-6 months of being natural) then it’s not scab hair. I personally don’t believe in scab hair at all and what I think is that “scab hair” is just the hair that is treated badly from the beginning of your transition when you are just treating your hair as if it is relaxed (flat ironing regularly, not using the right products, ect.) but either way after 6 months of growth it isn’t scab hair o_0.

    • Elle says:

      Actually…I can’t agree with that from my personal experience – the patch of hair that I had was shaved pretty much down to my scalp 3 months before I finally did my full BC (when I had my mohawk) and was never flat ironed/blown out, and it was still strange months after my BC (I stopped noticing it though as my hair grew out, but as I said in the post, my scalp is still weird there). Coincidentally, that was the exact same spot that I burned hardcore with my relaxer several times – I’m talking scabs, sores, pus, etc. I used the same products on that spot that I used on the rest of my hair (which is why I actually think it became less noticeable over time). Of course, no one has to agree with me, but I wouldn’t discount the experience. I don’t really think it’s a huge deal unless it’s a very large patch though, never really bothered me much.

  2. TaRhonda says:

    Ditto to you and Elle. I remember going to get a trim late last year and the lady mentioned something about me still having some permed hair…… because I have ALOT of straight hairs, I told her I BC’d March ’09 and it was shaved down… so no Boo Boo, that’s my natural hair…. straight, wavy, loose curl, coily and tight coils… I’ve got it all and I work with it. ;-).

  3. Marcia says:

    I definitely think that some people have scab hair BUT I really think that some people are just in denial about what their hair is really like. This week on a hairboard a lady was asking about how to define her curls because there was no definition and someone suggested that maybe her curls lacked definition because it was probably scab hair…the person BCed over a year ago and I doubt it was scab hair but who knows. Great answer Elle!

    • Elle says:

      I’m not trying to be mean at ALL, but come on…if you’ve had scab hair *all over* your head for three years…girl. I mean…girl.

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