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   Posted 2/16/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all
Ever since I was a little girl, I have been tender headed.  My hair is seriously thick (or used to be) and I would cry so hard when mom would brush it when I was little. Even now when I go to the hairdresses, I have to warn them ahead of time, and then they usually let me ge the tangles out myself.  Does anyone else have a very tender scalp?
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   Posted 2/16/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Missy,

My scalp was never really sensitive until these last few years. It feels like my hair was laying in the wrong position for too long, like when you wear your hair was in a pony-tail too long or something. I have a hard time with getting my hair cut as well. My hairdresser has to be extra gentle, I can't take the tugs and pulls when she is combing it out. I have long, straight hair just above my waist. Its a lot thinner than it use to be as well. The tenderness is usually just based on the top to side of my head. I don't even like washing my hair sometimes, no scalp massage here. HA!

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   Posted 2/16/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Missy, my scalp has always been tender.  I had long hair as a child and when Mom would brush it I could almost taste blood in my mouth!  I would start scrunching down towards the floor and Mom would yell at me.  It just really hurt me.
Now, at the hairdressers, she knows not to scrub my scalp with her fingernails.  She is also careful when styling my hair because I'm so sensitive.
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   Posted 2/16/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh yes. I have always had the problem w/ my head/hair. If I wear my hair in a ponytail, it hurts when I take it down. If I had the part on one side, it hurt to comb it on the other side. I also have a thick head of hair and I would hate when my mother would comb my hair. When my mother was in the hospital to have my sister, my father combed my hair and he did it so gently. I told my mother I only wanted Daddy to comb my hair from then on. I never use a comb now, only a brush. I also use a conditioner each time I shampoo, I hate the knots and snarls. When I was little my cousin was a hairdresser, she gave the most wonderful shampoos. I could drool right now just thinking of them. yeah I don't do the shampoo at the salon anymore. My old head can't take the pain, I know what I can handle and I do my own shampoos.

I also use just certain shampoos, I have a problem w/ allergies from some shampoos. The itch would drive me crazy -Short Trip!! lol

God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I am and I have a head full off thick, black hair. I am amazed that do not have grey hairs yet.

Anyway, I leave my hair natural (I am African American) and when I wear it out I get offers from people who want to e my stylists.

Since I am in the pool everyday, I have it in several braids. That way I do not have to wear it all out when I do a daily shampoo. I redo the braids when I have the energy.

People want to make my hair easier for me to manage. First of all, the fear of someone else combing it is enough to make me want to hide under my bed. People hand me business cards for hair care.

Secondly, relaxing, pressing, texturizing it would be useless. Every time I step into the pool, that wonderful hairdo would be ruined.

Another issue is the cost. I am not willing to pay $80.00 or more every month for my hair because it grows faster than the dickens. And when it grows, there is more hair to comb and a more tender scalp to deal with.

My skin has a tendency to be tender. Hmmm, I wonder if this relates to having fibro.

Good thinking,


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   Posted 2/17/2009 12:23 AM (GMT -7)   
My scalp is very tender & for the longest time now it is mostly on the top of my head but more on the right side, just like yours Lori.  I have often wondered if this is Fibro.  Donnaeil is your head tender all over or more on one side?  Sometimes, my head will be tender after wearing a style, like parted on the side & then it hurts to comb it in a different direction.  Interesting!!!  Hugs to all, Denise

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   Posted 2/17/2009 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Missy-

Growing up and until I think I turned 40 I did everything to my hair- ponytails, clips, perms, frosts, you name it and I think I developed a thick scalp because of it! I finally threw out all my bobby pins, clips, pony wraps, the works. I did not want all the fussing anymore. I still like a cute cut and I do have my hair frosted but it is simple now. Especially since getting fibro- I don't have the energy, and my arms cannot stay elevated for any length of time.  


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   Posted 2/17/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
If any of you would like to donate some of that thick hair I'll take it. smilewinkgrin I don't have a problem combing my baby fine hair that seems to get thinner all the time. But I do have sore spots all over my head like someone taps my head with a hammer in my sleep.
I stopped having my hairdresser shampoo my hair quite awhile ago cause putting my neck on the sink triggers pain so I shampoo myself before I get it trimmed.
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