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Jas­mine Rose. {Image Source}

Jas­mine Rose is a loc’ed YouTu­ber who recent­ly had her edges restored through a pro­ce­dure per­formed by black female der­ma­tol­o­gist, Dr. Osei Tutu.  Her sto­ry is one of inse­cu­ri­ty and even­tu­al trans­paren­cy on a plat­form — social media — that does not always lend itself to pos­i­tiv­i­ty.  Nonethe­less, the courage to share her sto­ry has already helped a few black women and can hope­ful­ly help more through this medi­um.

Gor­geous, man­i­cured locs and hid­den edges

When I see Jas­mine Rose on Insta­gram and YouTube, I see a beau­ti­ful dark brown woman with gor­geous, healthy locs.  Her hair reminds me of deep black obsid­i­an in its col­or and sheen.  Her locs are long and per­fect­ly formed.  Lit­tle did I and oth­er view­ers know that some of what we saw con­trast­ed with Jasmine’s real­i­ty — that her hair was, in fact, not entire­ly healthy.

Los­ing her edges to over­done loc retwist­ing

The loss of Jasmine’s edges was grad­ual, and she attrib­ut­es it to over­done retwist­ing.  She began her loc jour­ney in 2007 and twist­ed fre­quent­ly (and tight­ly) to main­tain a man­i­cured appear­ance.  It was in 2010 that Jas­mine noticed “a dras­tic change in her hair­line area” and learned that she had trac­tion alope­cia. She stopped retwist­ing as fre­quent­ly and con­sult­ed with two der­ma­tol­o­gists (both white and male) who gave her reg­u­lar cor­ti­sone shots to no avail and did not seem to under­stand her hair and inse­cu­ri­ty.  She then tried numer­ous nat­ur­al reme­dies, includ­ing emu oil and cas­tor oil, to regrow her edges, but noth­ing worked.  Jas­mine even­tu­al­ly resigned her­self to con­ceal­ing her hair­line with black eye make­up while feel­ing like an ‘imposter’ YouTube hair guru.  Essen­tial­ly, she went into hid­ing while in front of the cam­era.

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Jasmine’s hair­line before surgery. {Image Source}

Find­ing a solu­tion in a der­ma­tol­o­gist who looks like her

In 2013, Jas­mine decid­ed to find a der­ma­tol­o­gist who looked like her — black and female — in hopes of find­ing one that tru­ly cared to under­stand her prob­lem; this was when she found real help.  After anoth­er round of unsuc­cess­ful cor­ti­sone shots, her new doc­tor per­formed a hair restora­tion pro­ce­dure to bring back her edges ear­li­er this year.

Jas­mine could have kept this entire expe­ri­ence to her­self, but she chose to be trans­par­ent to her view­ers.  Since reveal­ing her sto­ry, some women have voiced, not only their sup­port, but how much she has helped them.

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Jasmine’s have filled in by this 5-month update. {Image Source}

If you are inter­est­ed in hear­ing more about Jasmine’s der­ma­tol­o­gist, Dr. Osei Tutu, then check out this video inter­view:

Addi­tion­al­ly, you can hear Jasmine’s full sto­ry in this video:

Have you expe­ri­enced trac­tion alope­cia?  Share your sto­ry below!

Chinwe

Empow­er­ing women of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin. https://cherishthymelanin.com/
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6 Comments on "Vlogger Jasmine Rose’s Story: From Losing Her Edges to Hair Restoration Surgery with a Black Female Dermatologist"

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TWA4now

Excel­lent sto­ry! I haven’t had THIS prob­lem but my mom.had bald spots. We used cas­tor oil.and Gheri Curl Spray.…that worked for her.

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Find­ing a black+ female der­ma­tol­o­gist real­ly changed my skin for the bet­ter. I was going to white/male physi­cians as a mat­ter of default [eas­i­er to find, frankly] and they’d just pre­scribe any reg­u­lar thing for my skin– always some­thing harsh and ridicu­lous! My female doc­tor under­stood the need for good skin and effec­tive, safe treat­ment while always under­stand­ing that black skin and hair are dif­fer­ent from the aver­age white woman’s. I rec­om­mend any brown or black per­son find a der­ma­tol­o­gist that shares their same eth­nic or racial back­ground.

MsJunePearl

She’s my der­ma­tol­o­gist too! She’s thor­ough, which I tru­ly appre­ci­ate! I went to her when I had scalp issues last year. The der­ma­tol­o­gist I was see­ing at the time (Asian woman) told me I’ll have alope­cia “soon”. Total­ly pissed me off & noth­ing you should say to a black women! Dr. Osei-Tutu did a thor­ough exam of my scalp (which the oth­er Doc­tor did NOT do) and she told me my scalp was healthy just stop braid­ing so tight & she rec­om­mend­ed a sham­poo which alle­vi­at­ed my scalp issues such as itch­i­ness and dry­ness. I so appre­ci­at­ed her for that!

lis

Ooooh.…where is she locat­ed? Please and thanks.

Ms. Vee

Jas­mine is amaz­ing. Not only is she shar­ing her sto­ry and the dan­gers of stress­ing those edges but she is putting pro­mot­ing a fel­low black woman. 

Trust me Jazzy I know the need for per­fect edges after touch­ing up the locs. But I too have learned to leave them be.

Emme Dezod

She’s my der­ma­tol­o­gist too! She is great!

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