Dear Dr. Rassman,
First of all thank you for caring enough about all our concerns to have this blog. I’m writing to ask you about tangled hair. I have kept the top of my hair long for many years now to comb back and cover the balding crown but my hair is coarse and somewhat curly. For some reason when I shampooed I began being unable to wash out all the build up of gel and hairspray and it was difficult to comb through. At the beginning I used to force the issue and would pull out lots of hair. Now I’m much more gentle but its still frustrating to not be able to comb through. I’m afraid I’m damaging my hair more and more. What would you recommend? Any shampoos that could clean this build up? What about detanglers?I haven’t fared better with them either. On another note, several years ago I had a transplant which I believ was good. But I now am planning to have another and am certain you or your staff at NHI will do it. I received your materials in the mail (Thank you), I’ve heard about your excellent reputation from other sources also.I like that you’re not ONLY interested in the $$$ but you have a passion in an artistic sense as well as a humanitarian love. God bless you and I look forward to hearing from you. Let me see you! A round trip from Las Vegas is very inexpensive now as the summer season comes into swing.
I’d see a good hair stylist with experience in African hair (they understand tangling and how to untangle the hair without pulling it out). It sounds like you need to get styling control on what you use and how you use it. Traction alopecia can occur with pulling on normal hair, but imagine if you can lose normal hair by pulling on it — what would happen to weak hair that is miniaturized from the genetic balding process? Bad news.
Visit me in Los Angeles if you want a hands-on examination. I will map your scalp for genetic hair loss and give you a glimpse into what will happen to you in the future (by developing a Master Plan for you).