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Look at what a hairstylist did to a woman’s hair!!

A woman took to a popular natural hair Facebook group to lament the state of her hair.

An African American posted photos of the serious damage done to the middle of her scalp during a visit to a hair salon.

She wrote:

Update: Since some of you said that my scar looks old, it made me think it was a chemical burn I got years ago. However, it is NOT, or else I would have peeped it a long time ago. It is from her tight braiding. It doesn’t hurt at all.

Hey y’all. It’s pretty disheartening to have this happened to me especially now that I’ve been natural for 4 years now. I realized I should to warn black naturals everywhere about hair stylists and being assertive about tight hairstyles.

So I’ve only seen this stylist 3 times and the pictures occurred during the third time. The first I met her, I was getting a weave done and I told her she cornrowed my hair way too tight and I knew bc I was squirming in my chair and tearing up a little bit. I also spent the next 3 days taking Tylenol for the pain almost every 4 hours. Anyways, all she did was put oils in the area (where the alopecia is right now) saying that she wouldn’t be able to redo the braid pattern as she has another client coming. The stylist (who goes by Pynk and lives in Brooklyn) is super sweet but she should have listened to me the first time.

The third time I saw Pynk was after a month and some change: i went back to take off the weave, redye my hair (as it was bleached and dyed red in 2017), get a silk press and trim after a month and some change. This is when shit got real cuz as soon as she started unbraiding my cornrow from the top that’s when she said that my hair was coming off of my scalp. Y’all, I was SHOOK when she took off a huge chunk of my hair. SHOOK as this as never happened to me before. She was as shocked as I was as she has never experienced this before either but she assured me that she knew how to treat it. I had to dye my hair back to black in order for that part of my hair to grow back while the rest of my hair was in a healthier state (not her exact words but hers regardless) and have a major trim as it hadn’t been trimmed since November. She managed to hide the spot with my silk press (pic below) but I was still paranoid it may be showing to this DAY. I was in shock all day that day until I cried later on in the evening.

I’m still pissed the fuck off and disheartened over what has happened bc all of that work and growth, was gone in the span of minutes. Being the expert, Pynk should have known better because now I have to deal with the consequences; I have to deal with the traction alopecia, I have to wait patiently for my hair to grow back in, I have to deal with the scar on my scalp, I have to wear wigs/creative protective style for months/years until I can wear my hair out in an Afro (I can only wear it in a bun to conceal the patch). I have to deal with these horrible circumstances bc a stylist didn’t listen to me the first time. She said I should go back to see her every 2 weeks for her to wash my hair, exfoliate the scalp and put oils in but I’m not sure if I want to do that anymore.

Another thing: Its been a week since this happened and my hair seems to be growing back a little bit (pic below).

I just wanted to share my story with all my lovely natural ladies/gentlemen as I never thought this could happen to me. I’m still processing over what had happened but also trying to remain optimistic that my hair will grow back to its former glory.

Next time you’re experiencing a tight style, PLEASE BE ASSERTIVE AND TELL YOUR STYLIST.

Thank you.

(Id also appreciate it if you could cover my name if sharing this story on other social media platforms)

Update: Since some of you said that my scar looks old, it made me think it was a chemical burn I got years ago. However, it is NOT, or else I would have peeped it a long time ago. It is from her tight braiding. It doesn’t hurt at all.

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