Concerned about hair loss?

Monday, 25 March 2013

Thinning HairThinning hair is very traumatic for anyone, male or female; Black Women Beauty Central looks at some of the major causes and what you can do to fix the problem:

1. Tight Braids and Weaves

• The major cause of thinning temples for black women.
• Medically known as traction alopecia.
• Your hair has a better chance of growing back if the trauma wasn’t severe or for a long period time.
• Wearing braids and weaves constantly tends to cause this issue.
Solution: Catch the problem early and recovery is as simple as not wearing the tight braids or weaves until the thinning areas grow back in.

2. Over-processing with chemicals

• Relaxers, curly perms and all permanent hair colour can weaken your hair and lead to thinning.
• These chemicals break down the inner structure and change the PH of your hair strands.
• One bad service can leave you with lots of damage and over-processed edges that disintegrate with the slightest touch.
Solution: Toss the chemicals! It might be hard to imagine going without a relaxer or hair colour, but do it for the health of your hair. Experiment with styling that doesn’t involve processing. If you give your hair a break it will bounce back over time.

3. Stress, medication and poor nutrition

• Stress and medication are major causes of hair loss.
• The quality of your hair is directly connected to the quality of what you eat.
• If you have poor-nutrition thinning, dullness and hair loss aren’t unusual.
Solution: Be sure to get at least 10-15 minutes of quiet time each day. Stress not only affects your hair but your overall health as well.
If you’ve been prescribed medication that’s causing hair loss and thinning, consult your doctor as soon as possible to talk about the problem and what steps you can take to reduce the side effects.
If you have a hard time eating right, think about supplementation with a multi-vitamin formulated to support hair growth.

4. Over styling

• Using too much heat on a regular basis damages your hair, leading to weakness and shedding.
• Combing and brushing too hard and too often causes thinning of the hairline since it’s the most susceptible.
Solution: Resist the temptation to overuse the flat iron or brush your edges into submission when you’re due for a relaxer. There are more gentle and effective ways to flatten your edges.
• Use a light gel and a soft bristle brush to smooth them down.
• Tie your edges down with a silk or satin scarf for at least 30 minutes to encourage them to lay flat.
• Stop fighting the texture of your hair as it grows out and experiment with hairstyles like braid outs and twist outs that hide the new growth.

5. Scalp conditions

• If your scalp is itchy, flakey and sore it could be a sign of a bacterial or fungal infection taking over.
• Left untreated it can lead to serious hair loss and other issues.
Solution: If you notice dampness, bleeding, strange smells or pain please see a doctor who can examine the area, provide treatment and save your hair and scalp.

This article originally appeared on Black Women Beauty Central

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  1. Tanya Lawrence

    I am really worried about my hair loss. I used to have long thick, beautiful dark hair, but now it is thinning out so badly that I can see my scalp. I have tried massaging and oils, but it doesn’t help. Please help me!

    3 years ago •

  1. Nicksta

    Try a supplement that has biotin in it and omega supplements are good for the hair too.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tundee

    Braids always break my hair but weaves don’t do that much damage. The trick is to make sure that your hair is kept mosturised even if you have a weave on. Make sure its never dry

    5 years ago •

  1. Noni

    I found that taking an ayurvedic approach to my hair, body and mental health led to thicker hair-better foods, coconut oil and zoning out the stress.

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    it’s hardly ever just one cause, generally it will be a combination of a few factors

    5 years ago •

  1. Anne

    Stress is definitely one of the main causes

    5 years ago •

  1. ProMakeupMe

    I have always been blessed with quite a thick mane.. so luckily I have never had this problem. But thank you for an interesting read :)

    5 years ago •

  1. sader

    stress is a major comtributor, i have alot of hormonal issues though and am anaemic so i put my hair fall down to that

    5 years ago •

  1. mashigoane

    Castor oil works wonders for thinning hair, but it is better to prevent the problem, so don’t wear your weaves or braids too tied or too long and giving your hair a break after you take out the weave or braids helps too. remember to DEEP CONDITION…your hair will need it.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tzar

    i found that coconut oil helps a lot

    5 years ago •

  1. sloanie

    i notice that when i have my monthly red robot and i wash my hair ,the hair gets left behind in the shower or bath , im not sure why though

    5 years ago •

  1. Tzar

    i have found herbal remedies that work

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    I have been suffering from patches of alopecia and this article surely pinpoints what the possible cause might be.

    5 years ago •

  1. Mnisi

    I think I have good healthy hair. The problem is I had dreadlocks for 5years, in the 5years, I probably put coloured about 10 times. I cut my dreads 3years ago cause my hair seemed to be weak and my hairline almost non-existent. I’v always had natural hair before and after ama dreads. I have kept my hair short, colour now and then but still worry about my hairline…it grows very slow!

    5 years ago •

  1. Joka

    Awesome advice! I don’t think I wana end up like Naomi 0_o, no wonder she threw her phones @ ppl.

    5 years ago •

  1. Lize

    Interesting, My hair fall out in winter. HomeoForce Tissue Salts works for me. It is indicated for thinning hair and brittle nails.

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    A hair supplement such as trichotin hair regenesis has worked for me. It is sold online and at many high end beauty salons. It promotes hair growth and healthy hair.

    5 years ago •

  1. BeautySouthAfrica

    Hi Cindy

    The following would be recommended:

    · The Braid Spray Relief from Dr. Miracle’s is a good all-round item for this style.
    · If you have a very dry scalp then try the Dr. Miracle’s Intensive Spot Serum in small doses. Apply to the scalp in very small amounts and massage gently to ease discomfort.
    · You can also shampoo once every two weeks on a warm day, using Dr. Miracle’s Conditioning Shampoo.

    5 years ago •

  1. kunene

    Injibhabha is what we call it and it is terrible, unfortunately some ladies are so addicted to their weaves an braids they ignore the problem until it is worse than Naomi’s….

    5 years ago •

  1. Cindy.M

    Very informative. Its winter and my hair always suffers from thinning and brittleness is there a specific product I can use when I have a protective style like braids?

    5 years ago •

  1. Gervase

    My hair is so thick that I need to go to the salon and have it thinned. I know it damages my hair but if I do not thin my hair then I have hair that is totally unmanageable

    5 years ago •

  1. anisha

    Grea article! I pop biotin tablets which definitely helps with strengthening hair!

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Wow, Naomi has been rough on herself.

    5 years ago •

  1. voges

    I know stress and over styling doens’t help your hair

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Very formative article, I’m glad I’m not into weaves and braids.

    5 years ago •

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