Nappturality has been online since 2002. Dedicated to all the women in the diaspora who proudly wear their highly textured hair naturally. Nappturality.com is the place to find photographs,, forums, information and links about the care, maintenance and politics of natural hair. Natural napptural hair. Here you will find photos of all natural styles, comb coils, two-strand twists, afro puffs, afros dredlocks (dreadlocks), locs and many other natural styles. Styled by natural napptural haired women on their own hair.


My preface to the process was a nightstick fracture of my left arm and surgery to fix it by internal fixation with a titanium plate and 7 screws. My story is the general anaesthetic causing my hair to shed out to the extreme and dealing with self-image issues during the process.

My ending is short.  I cut it. As my hair shortened due to the shedding and knotting and tangling and texture loss I couldn’t fight it anymore with only one usable arm to deal with untangling it - I had enough. I had it cut. It’s shorter now than it has been since I transitioned from the relaxer over 10 years ago.

When natural, tightly coiled afro hair sheds, the hair has a hard time separating itself. If you don’t remove the shed hair within a reasonable time, it will make its way down.... or halfway down another hair shaft or maybe to the end, then coil and knot itself around. It will soon be joined by lots of other shed hairs which create more knots and confusion, eventually causing big knots and tangled balls of shed hair to appear throughout your hair which you will most likely need to cut off or spend hours working through to get out. This is why it is important that if you wear natural hair, you remove the shed hair on a regular basis, either by finger combing, regular combing or brushing the hair.

So what happened to me? A large portion of my follicles were sent into an artificial mass shedding phase (telogen effluvium) by the general anaesthetic and as a result, my hair instantly knotted up, clumped into tangled mats and lost its coiled texture.

For a while I toyed with shaving my head – wearing a wig, trying extensions or weave.  But I did something else. After going through the process of the fear of losing my hair, I decided to experience it fully and see what I could do to make the process easier, then share what happens with you.

My 10 Best Tips for anyone experiencing excessive shedding

1.    Be diligent in removing shed hair. Remove it as often as possible by gently using your fingers from the ends up when your hair is wet if possible. You can also use a carding-type comb such as the “Tangle Teezer” or something with short and flexible bristles to remove the hair that has shed.
2.    Don’t comb or brush from the roots. As you move up your hair, hold the hair closest to the scalp with one hand tightly, so you don’t start pulling hair out at the roots of weakened follicles.
3.    Don’t use excessive protein conditioners. Although protein does protect damaged hair, it can cause excessive breakage which you don’t need right now.
4.    Always cover your hair when outdoors for long periods, especially if you will be in direct sunlight.
5.    Don’t be afraid to cut. In fact, do cut. Often. This will help release the shed hair and stop tangling.
6.    Keep your scalp moisturized. I am using Jamaica Black Castor Oil and Lavender.
7.    Keep your ends oiled – keep them slippery.
8.    If you had long hair before your shedding event, you can have long hair again eventually. Be patient. In the meantime, learn to enjoy having short hair. Try different styles  which you could not wear when your hair was long. You may be amazed at how you can accentuate your face by wearing striking jewelry. And enjoy not having hair on your neck for once!
9.    Don’t spend a lot of time looking at your hair and obsessing. Leave it alone.
10.    Now is the time to make sure you are taking a multivitamin and drinking a lot of water.  Eat seasonal fruits and veggies, limit your alcohol and coffee (oh the horror!) intake and get a LOT of exercise to encourage your body to heal from the inside.

If you are going through hair loss, remember you are not alone. Nappturality has an alopecia forum where we can all discuss what works, what to try and how to get through what can be a difficult phase for any woman.

It is important to understand that most forms of traumatic shedding will right themselves in time, as your follicles restart their growth cycles. You may or not experience drastic thinning and baldness. Chances are if your hair is extremely dense like mine, you will notice more of a loss of length more than a loss of density during the process. If you have sparse hair to begin with, you will experience more of a visual loss of hair and may need to consider wearing an enhancement to get through your event. No matter the cause of telogen effluvium, the cure is almost always, time.

Nappturality Shoe 300 faded

Your Natural Hair is NOT a Fad

Wearing natural hair is not a fad. It is not a fashion trend. It's the natural hair you were born with. So why can't you wear it?
Don't believe the negative hype..

Heeyy Jessie2 J LaKayle Jones2 Kathy Terrell 2 Yasmeen Cookngd Ali Brown Bella Negra1 Irena Shipley Leslie Blakely9 Melody Dark Monique Colon Nikki Poole J LaKayle Jones3 Tamara Hinkle Moore J LaKayle Jones Mary Wells Hairbyjuanibless5 LaCharla Figgs Angela Watkins3 Princess First'Lady Briggs Heila Da She Serumula 2 Lauren Foster Walls ShaRon Hicks2 Brandi Murphy Latanya Coverson Regina Ellis Livingston Sarah Moore 2 MrsNohaterallowed Taylor2 Daniella Cardoza2 KaTina Smith Walker3 Gema Ebanks KaTina Smith Walker2 Kenita Mitchell Raticka Scruggs Leslie Blakely5 Andrea Cantrell 3 Sylvia Randi Carroll Kim Lewis Gloria Obruche 2 Kathy Terrell 3 Jagged Edge3 Trina Smith Urecha Dunn Natanya Jones3 Solange Campos LaShawn Ednasia Green Antoinette Jeaninne Tonyelle Bennett Jillijoy Holloway Angela Watkins2 KaRen JackSon2 Monique Colon Linda Brown Campbell Queena Beenblessed Williams2 Lorraine Gray Adaleia Coultman4 Keia Parker Iman Whitmore 2 Leslie Blakely8 Michelle Hudson Frankie Monroe Sheila Da She Serumula Leslie Blakely7 Da OC Michele Washington Cynthiakim1 Monique Wilson Leslie Blakely3 Mary Wells Monica Evans2 Curley N Cynthia Simpson KaTina Smith Walker Melinda IzsoDivine Solange Campos 1 Msincognito Shades Natanya Jones Adrienne Lifeisgolden Skinner2 KaRen JackSon Dominique Truthfairy Williams Watt Tiara Shinae Divinity Starr Jillijoy Holloway2 Marenda Eison Courtney Davis Naiesha Howell MrsNohaterallowed Taylor Jillijoy Holloway3 Lakishia Brown Kaleta Battle Emmanuelle Key Dickerson2 Tammy Mariano Leslie Blakely2 Akeisha Trina Smith 3 Carolyn Parker Essie Dodson Jacqueline Parker Sophonie Bien Aime Miz Jones Troya Sowell Lysa Davis Iman Whitmore Raticka Scruggs2 Angie Knight2 Kathy Terrell 4 Adrienne Lifeisgolden Skinner3 Chenay N. Bryant Amanda Flowers Peterson Monica Evans3 Adaleia Coultman3 Tracy Gary Sheila Da She Serumula2 Heeyy Jessie Nikki Poole Emmanuelle Key Dickerson Jagged Edge Nadia Newton Eiimariiee Rosee Lynn Maya Mj James Kaynisha Renee Martin Bokua Adwoa Bray 2 Jaunene Jones Adaleia Coultman Talishia Robins2 Queena Beenblessed Williams Katrina Stallworth Bella Zambezie Sheila Da She Serumula Samantha Jordan KaRen Daphanie Brooks Natanya Jones2 Tammie Elkerson Mcgill Ann Brown Adey's Natural Hair Tips Jay Roge3 Vicky Hightower Karmen B. Jones Gloria Obruche 1 KaRen JackSon Monica Evans4 Princess First'Lady Briggs3 Chelsea Patterson Sanders Toma Thornhill Gilly Dee Bokua Adwoa Bray Destiny Hawkins Daniella Cardoza Saundrea Arila Mendez Rhonda Littles Diamond Mull Chasity Williams EJ Thompson Leslie Blakely6 Angela Watkins Adaleia Coultman2 Andrea Cantrell 2 Jagged Edge2 Juanita Simmons Shannon Bell Jariel Deanna Princess First'Lady Briggs4 Maya Mj James2 Marilyn E Lowe Tiffany Smith Lekeytha Dukes Shaw Sasha Stoute Talishia Robins Kimberly Montague Kennedra Tucker Khady Didi Sow Sonjia Murphy Richeau Breland Shekera Combs Sasha Stoute2 Jay Roge Nicki Wade Abigail Boyce Nikki Poole 2 Tammie Braggs Ayesha La Vonia Boyd Leslie Blakely4 Selena So Blessed Mckibben Notm Pressed3 Shadi Shukuma Maepa Raven Nacole Madison Hairbyjuanibless2 Urecha Dunn2 Andrea Cantrell Alnita Reaves Vaught Star Bullard Frankie Monroe 1 Cynthiakim2 Mysteek NaturalHair2 LaJoia Hamilton Jazmine J. Boss Trina Smith 2 Debra Chatman Jariel Deanna1 Hairbyjuanibless3 Princess First'Lady Briggs2 Sheila Da She Serumula3 Bryanna Knight Shalari Drakes Kayla Bush Cheryl Freemon Watts Jay Roge4 Ashley Erica Holmes Hale Cheryl Freemon Watts2 Monica Evans Gilly Dee Betty Alexander McGriff Sharea Twymon Summers Lisa Amos Wilson Jennifer Bass Denise Billings Sonya Makeba Vanessa Agee Notm Pressed Monique Colon2 Candace Montgomery Raticka Scruggs HairbyJuanibless Jay Roge6 Jariel Deanna3 Frankie Monroe 2 Jewel Grant Hairbyjuanibless4 Adrienne Lifeisgolden Skinner Angie Knight Chara Harris Sarah Moore Jariel Deanna2 Nyree' Allen Leah Prater Leslie Blakely Kathy Terrell Mysteek NaturalHair