You have trichoptilosis !!!
screamed a friend of mine as she caught my hair while playing a game of 'catch- me- if -you -can' and then she dropped my tresses as if she had put her hands on burning coal ..
""WHAAAAT""!!! screamed the other girls as they stopped running --they all came and gathered around me and then moved away as if I was an untouchable --as if I had some infectious disease.
This was when I was in standard VIII ---and this behaviour of my friends hurt me no end I was almost in a shock and spent the rest of the day in absolute misery.
When I reached home in the evening my mother was aghast on seeing my face and I started sobbing as I told her I had """ trichoptilosis """
Thankfully my mother who was a science graduate knew the meaning of trichoptilosis---she explained to me that the matter of course was serious but less serious and less alarming than having LYMPHOSARCOMA OF THE INTESTINES .
" having trichoptilosis means that your hair has developed split ends which will prevent it from growing and the ends of your hair will now have an ugly blunt look and will no longer be smooth and silky , they will be rough to touch " saying this she pushed my braided hair into my hands ---yes it did look ugly and felt rough.
"so what do we do now? is there no remedy for this ?" I asked wiping my tears but still sobbing
" the only solution is we will have to cut the ends of your long lustrous hair so that we can get rid of these split ends" .
I heaved a sigh of relief and we set about cutting my hair in a straight line .
Next day in school I was a bit rude to the girls and told them my mother had solved the problem
They sneered"' its not so easy madam wait and see the split ends will come up again."
And yes they did.
I had to keep trimming my hair nearly every six weeks but the split ends would not leave me.
My friends started scaring me .
One said ----"it cannot be repaired-----your hair will now become thin --and very soon it will fall."
The other who was a topper in class ---gave us a lot of GYAN---"it happens when the protective cuticle has been stripped away from the ends of hair fibre. Split ends are more likely to develop in dry or brittle hair and typical causes of damage include excessive dying or vigorous brushing........."
"That means I should stop that 100 strokes every night' I thought
One goodhearted friend suggested that I apply coconut oil, curry leaves & crushed Badam every day
But none of these was working and this cutting of 1,1/2 inches every 6 week made my hair style turn into bobbed hair instead of the long plaits that used to be a matter of envy for my friends and a thing of pride for me .
Then came the summer vacations and we went to my dad's ancestral village --an agonizing agony aunt there suggested I get my head completely shaven because that was the only cure ------though shocked I didn't mind this because by the time I returned to school my hair would have grown and none of my friends would have seen me with a shaven head..
Unfortunately the new crop too had to face the same problem.
I had now decided to get a proper boy cut .Because as it was I would have had to go in for short hair in some time; the rate at which my hair was being chopped and cropped would not leave me with any other alternative.
The Hair stylist took a long look at my face and suggested that "The 90 degree step style " would suit me best .I nodded my head in meek acceptance and sat on the chair seeing my long tresses fall to the ground with every stroke of the expert's scissors .
When done with the chopping washing , drying ,and brushing he applied a serum to my hair and looking at my face from different angles he said ....
" there sweety you look gorgeous!! "
I gave him a wry a smile he didn't know what gorgeous meant he hadn't seen me in my long tresses.......
end of Part 1 ....of My Scary Hairy Story
Part 2 begins.......
A few weeks back I got a mail from Indiblogger telling us about the Dove split end rescue contest I applied for the free sample of the shampoo and when I received it in about 2 weeks time I immediately tried it and YES I do find a change in the texture of my hair I feel as if I have applied a moisturiser it seems to have removed the dryness from my hair ------DRYNESS according to experts is the main cause of split ends ,
I now see a ray of hope and am planning to let my hair grow back into long tresses because I feel after two washes that the texture has definately improved and that is proof enough for me to believe in what the literature accompanying the sample shampoo says .
-"introducing the new Dove Split End Rescue System --its 1/4 moisturising milk nourishes your hair and its breakthrough split end technology corrects hair damage to give up o 4x less split ends "
The results of the first two washes were so encouraging that I visited the DOVE page to read more about the product and this is the important information about split ends and the Dove therapy that I gathered ..... ....