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Makes me want to pull my hair out

Posted April 4, 2008

Sher Porter
Web Editor

I have decided that hair and me just don’t work well together. Sometimes we are cool, but most times we just do not get along. I do not understand why it does not like me.

I have been having a reoccurring problem ever since I was little. When I was really young, I had medium length hair – it was thick and healthy.

We were cool. Then I got eczema in my hair and my hair started to fall out. It was horrible.

I was only 10, so I honestly did not care because all I really cared about was freeze tag and watching Nickelodeon. My hair was not an issue.

After a while my hair started to steadily grow back. It was not as long but it was a good length. I liked it.

I could work with it. I mostly kept my hair in braids during those years because it was easier for me to manage.

When I entered my first semester here at ULV, I took out my braids and wore my natural hair.

I put a relaxer on it to make it straight and manageable and would style it sometimes. At this point my hair was really short and thin.

There was only so much I could do with my hair. After a semester I put my hair in a weave and then I returned to braids.

About a month ago, I noticed a tremendous change in my hair. I had a bald spot.

There was hair but not long enough for me to grab. The area was as big as my hand if not larger.

My mom took me to the beauty salon to get a professional opinion on my hair, but she didn’t know either. She gave me some hair oil to help it grow.

Unfortunately my hair is still coming out. It is becoming thinner. I am having trouble styling it because I am limited in what I can do with it. It’s unbearable, not to mention very concerning. What’s wrong with my hair? I think I may need to go to the doctor if the problem persists.

I just want healthy hair again. I do not care whether or not it grows long, I just want it to be healthy again.

Everyone who has seen my hair has asked me what’s wrong. It is unnatural to to have a random patch of hair missing from my head, especially a patch that large. I honestly do not think I have a medical condition or anything but it is an issue for me to keep an eye on.

Honestly, it could be stress because I know have a lot of that. Go college student!

It could also be eczema coming back into my hair, which I hope is not true.

I think the funny part about this entire incident is that the patch of hair that magically became shorter is growing back faster then the rest of my hair.

So this summer I have decided to cut most of my hair off. I just want to start over. Big decision, but hopefully worth it.

At this point you may be wondering why I am writing about my hair. It does seem odd to take up about 600 words talking about my hair problems when I could talk about so many other things.

Could it be that I’m functioning on three hours with no sleep or maybe the fact that it’s six in the morning and I cannot think of anything else to write?

Either way, I wanted to talk about it because it bothers me. I really do not know what is wrong.

I could have talked about something more thoughtful or meaningful, but I don’t really want to.

Sher Porter, a sophomore journalism major, is Web editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at sporter4@ulv.edu.