HAIR | Dealing with Hair Loss… & Mega-Tek

by Wande O.

mega-tek-rebuilder

Hair loss is something a lot of African women (and men) suffer from… and it can be pretty agonising and scary, feeling like you have no control over it.

I started my hair journey after 2 things started happening to my hair. First, my usually shoulder length hair couldn’t grow past my neck length; and second, I started noticing that my hairline was receding, complete with 2 near bald patches (The horror!).

Personally, I blame my falling for the human hair weaves trend, badly done relaxers, and heavy braids. I learnt very quickly on my journey, that I have fine hair strands, as well as finely dense hair, and this meant I had to take extra care not to put too much weight, tension or pressure on my hair, or it would break.

So I stopped relaxing and started texlaxing my hair – and did so every 12-16 weeks, stopped doing braids and weaves – instead, I made and wore wigs; and did a lot of temple massages to grow back my hairline.

My hair grew, and it grew long and beautifully. Then the challenges started again. The biggest came in the form of my front hair. My edges grew back, but my front ‘leave out’ hair broke off at the line of demarcation between the relaxed and texlaxed hair. So I switched from U-Part wigs to full lace wigs. I would still leave some hair out at my hairline to blend it better with my wig… Now my hairline seems to be thinning out again! I’m not sure if this is the cause, or it has something to do with my hormone imbalances.

My solution so far:

So this is what I have currently adopted to re-grow my edges (hairline) again…

  1. When wearing wigs as protective styles, I loosely braid my own hair all back, and wear my wig leaving no hair out. Much in the way TheChicNatural does in this post
  2. I wear wigs only in the last 6 weeks or so before my next relaxer/texlax… so less often. I’ve resorted to wearing clip-in extensions during special occasions, or when I want fuller hair before then.
  3. …And now here’s a secret I’m choosing to share after much thinking… I decided to try this much raved about product called Eqyss Mega-Tek Cell RebuilderNow here’s the thing about Mega-Tek. It’s a product used to grow back horse’s mane, which tend to get worn off due to blankets and equipments, amongst other things. Now I know this sounds a little dodgy and downright weird, but I first heard about Mega-Tek on a very reputable, popular natural hair website, naturally curly. I did my research and found out a lot of people in the healthy hair community use this product, and rave about its amazing hair growth effects. Even the bottle says it’s great for human hair, but points you to the company’s other line- Ovation Cell Therapy. It has the same effects and ingredients, is marketed to humans, and is more than double the price. I decided to try the Mega Tek line instead- Hey, it’s cheaper… and this is all in the name of experimenting.

How I Use Mega-Tek:

  1. After careful researching, I decided to adopt this method of using the Mega-Tek Rebuilder:
    1. I use it as a protein conditioner once a month. After washing my hair with my current favourite- L’Oreal sulfate-free shampoo, I apply a generous amount of Mega Tek on my hair, and leave it on under a plastic cap for about 15 minutes. I then rinse off completely, and apply any moisturising deep conditioner of my choice (I have too many I like to list right now). I leave that on, under a plastic cap, for at least an hour before rinsing it off, and moisturising as normal.
    2. I also mix a small amount with some Jamaican Black Castor oil and Coconut oil in a little bottle. I rub a little bit between my fingers and massage this onto my temples for about a minute, concentrating on the areas that are most thinned out. I also massage my entire scalp with this.
  2. And walah! I continue with my current hair regimen as usual. I will give details of this in another post. In the meantime, a good idea of it can be seen in The Starter’s Guide to Healthy African Hair.

I will get back with how well this works after a couple of months, complete with before and after pictures. Wish me luck! x