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Black Women and Hair loss - How To Prevent It

Updated: Aug 19, 2019

Everywhere you look you see black women with thinning hair and hair loss especially around the sides and edges. The medical term for this hair loss is alopecia. There are many different types of alopecia. Alopecia can be caused from disease, stress on the hair roots, and medical treatments such as chemotherapy.


2 Types of Preventable Alopecia

  • Traction alopecia - caused by constant tight pulling and stress on the hair at the root. Traction alopecia results from very tight hair styles: ponytails, buns, braids, cornrows.

  • Traumatic alopecia - Traumatic alopecia is commonly caused by improper chemical applications.

Traumatic alopecia is caused when chemicals (relaxers, hair color, perms) are smoothed against the head. The purpose is to smooth the hair straight around the face. How often have you heard the stylist ask “are you burning?” Burning chemicals on the scalp cause trauma to the scalp. The bad effect is that these chemicals go into the pores of your head and they "change" the hair cells underneath the scalp. The unfortunate thing is that it is often a permanent change.

2 Ways to Prevent Hair Loss by Traction Alopecia and Traumatic Alopecia?


  • Choose hair styles that don’t put extreme stress on the hair roots to prevent hair loss around the edges.

  • Keep chemicals off your scalp.


Can hair loss from Alopecia be restored?


There are some cases where hair loss is returned , but in most cases Alopecia is permanent.



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