African women are suffering a tremendous increase in various hair loss afflictions. Unfortunately, most of them are caused by the trendy and unique hairstyles being worn today. Weaves, braids, and ponytails are the culprits, along with straightening, curling, and coloring. The news isn’t all-bad however, with just a little bit of effort it is possible to save your hair and your sense of style.
TRACTION ALOPECIA is distinguished by loss of hair predominantly along the hairline, especially in the vicinity of the temples, the nape, and above the ears. It is a result of tension caused by hairstyles that are too tight and too close to the scalp. The pulling causes stress on the hair strands and on the skin. If remedied when first noticed, in time it will improve. However, if left untreated for too long, the condition becomes permanent. Stop wearing braids, ponytails, or weaves long enough for the hair to grow back, and then choose styles that can utilize a looser beginning of the braid at the hair base.
CENTRAL CENTRIFUGAL CICATRICIAL ALOPECIA (CCCA) is commonly referred to as heat or chemical alopecia. Women with this condition generally notice a deficiency of hair at the crown of the head, and the nape of the neck. Some of the first warning signs are inflammation and tenderness. Later signs include a shiny scalp with sparse hair growth. CCCA is a progressive and scarring affliction that commonly goes unrecognized until it is far too late to reverse. Many doctors and hair stylists believe the condition arises from over treating the hair with heat and chemicals used for coloring, straightening, and permanent curling. To avoid this misfortune, you should give your hair and scalp plenty of time to regain health and strength between chemical or heat treatments.
If your hair loss is related to either of these afflictions, and you have caught them early enough the suffering can be avoided by changing your styling techniques. Changing your style to one that uses your genuine hair characteristics is a good way to go as well.
If you fear that you haven’t caught the situation soon enough then you should immediately seek medical attention. Your physician will point you the right direction for proper medications that will alleviate the symptoms.