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This week on The Truth @bout Natural Hair With Anu, Ms. Prestonia helps a reader learn how to help the thinning areas around her temples grow after years of stress on that area. Here’s what our resident natural hair care expert has to say.

Hello Ms Anu Prestonia,

I am a 33-year old female who just decided to go natural over the past 9 months. I remember as early as 9 years old, getting a jerri curl and then a few years later I started to relax my hair. I haven’t stopped chemically processing since I was a child. Needless to say, my hair and scalp have definitely paid a huge price. Since I did the big chop in July, I am learning a whole new side of my hair; but I am also learning just how damaged it is and that is difficult and frustrating.

My relaxed hair would grow no longer than my collar bones and I spent 8 years in the army. Those years of being in Iraq and the putting on and taking off of the head gear (including wool berets) slowly started to thin my temples out. At my worst, I had to cut my hair so that I could slick the hair down and hopefully cover the balding. It has been three years since I have been out the army and my hair is still bald at the temples.

Right now, I am very patient with the grow out process of my transitioning hair, but I am very impatient with the thinning and bald spots. I wash, condition, and keep my hair as moisturized as possible. I just started using Mega Tek and JBCO products in hopes of speeding up the growth process of the temples. I always loosely wrap my hair at night and do all the things I believe I should be doing. I would like to move beyond the baldness so I can focus on the rest of my transitioning hair, since that is the most embarrassing for me. Do you have any tips for women who are having a difficult time growing the thinned/bald temple areas? Am I going the wrong route by using those products I mentioned? Thank you!

Clueless but slowly learning

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