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Hair Loss In Black Women

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Having problems with thinning edges, no body or a lack of thickness? You're not alone; it's a common problem.

Wearing tight braids almost destroyed my hairline. Today I have a full healthy hairline, so I know recovery is possible.

How much hair loss is normal?

If you're healthy and taking care of your hair properly it's completely normal to lose about 100 hairs a day.

Look at one of the hairs in your comb or brush; if you see a little white bulb on one of the ends that hair went through its normal life cycle and fell out.

It's when you're losing tons of hair that it starts to become a problem.

Here's what you need to know to tackle the problem of Black and African American hair loss.

What Causes Hair Loss in Black Women?

A lot of things can cause someone to lose their hair. Here are some the major causes of hair loss in Black women.


  1. Alopecia

  2. Alopecia is the number one cause of hair loss in Black and African American women. If you've ever seen someone with bald, thin edges or temple hair loss you've seen alopecia's effects.

    Temple hair loss is usually caused by traction alopecia. It happens when hair is pulled too tightly over time and makes patches fall out completely.

  3. Hormones and Hair Loss

  4. Hormones control every function in our body including how our hair grows and sheds. When they're out of whack it can cause problems with our hair growth rates and cycles.

    Hormone issues caused by thyroid or estrogen imbalance shorten the growth phase of the hair growth cycle and speeds up the shedding phase. Over time this leads to obvious thinning and bald patches.

  5. Hereditary Hair Loss

  6. If the women in your family have hair loss issues there's a chance that you will too. You can't do anything to prevent genetic hair loss but you can slow it down with the right products and reverse it with hair replacement technology.

  7. Itchy Scalp and Hair Loss

  8. A healthy scalp is important to growing and maintaining healthy hair. Issues like psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis (the fancy term for eczema) and other itchy scalp conditions can cause hair loss in Black and African American women.

  9. Illness and Hair Loss

  10. I've known a lot of people who've suffered with cancer and nothing stands out more than the hair loss they go through after chemotherapy. Being sick and taking certain medications can make your hair fall out. Once you get better or come off the medicine the hair starts to grow back.

  11. Lack of Vitamin D

  12. Another cause of thinning that's not as well-known is vitamin d deficiency hair loss. This vitamin affects our hair growth cycle. If there's not enough in the body the growth phase shortens and the shedding phase gets longer causing hair to thin out.

Can menopause cause hair loss?

Yes, menopause and any other major physical change (e.g. pregnancy) can cause hair loss. It changes the hormonal balance of the body which affects normal hair growth patterns.

Can stress cause hair loss?

Yes it can. I've been a victim of this myself. My early college years were a very rough time for me and my hair thinned out a lot over a period of a few months. I was as healthy as a horse otherwise so I know the hair loss was a direct result of my state of mind.

If you're a super woman who works long hours and juggles taking care of the kids, husband and home, remember to take a well-deserved break for yourself every once in a while.

How to Treat Hair Loss in Black Women

Treatment for hair loss in Black women ranges from natural holistic methods you can do at home like Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss, to intensive treatments that you can only get from a licensed medical professional.

Here are some effective tips on how to treat hair loss in Black and African American women.

  1. Hair Loss Laser Comb

  2. I recently heard about this new technology called a hair growth laser comb. Apparently specialists have been using the hair loss laser for years but just figured out how to make it much more affordable and available to use at home.

    Laser hair growth works by stimulation the hair follicles in the different stages of the hair growth cycle so they produce more hair and take longer to fall out. The Hairmax laser comb is the only laser for hair growth that's FDA approved for home use. It has positive feedback from users and is worth some more investigation.

  3. Hair Loss Supplements

  4. If your hair loss is from not getting certain nutrients in your diet, it's easy to fix. Take a high quality vitamin for Black and African American hair like Hairfinity. It has biotin for hair loss, as well as minerals like MSM, folic acid and silica that support healthy hair growth.

  5. De-Stress

  6. Stress causes hair loss and whole bunch of other negative effects to your health. Take a walk, read a book, light a scented candle and relax. A good way to relax is to meditate or take a mental health day. A little retail therapy works wonders if you're into that sort of thing.

  7. Stop Styling Trauma

  8. No matter how cute it looks; don't wear hairstyles that stress your scalp and hairline. That means no tight braids, buns and ponytails.

    If you get a relaxer don't let your stylist over-process your hair. If you've ever thought about going natural there's no better time than now. It cuts down on harsh styling methods; no chemicals or heat needed.

  9. Use Natural Scalp Stimulating Oils

  10. Natural oils like castor and tea tree make your scalp healthy by increasing circulation and bringing nourishment to your follicles. Massaging these oils into your scalp daily helps re-grow lost hair, especially if the hair loss isn't extreme.

  11. See a Dermatologist

  12. If you have extreme hair loss research dermatologists that specialize in Black and African American hair and scalp issues. The doctor will do tests to see if it's caused by an infection or illness then recommend the best treatment course for you.

  13. See a Hair Replacement Specialist

  14. If your situation is really bad with total hair loss or shiny bald spots in some areas, visit a professional who specializes in hair replacement. The treatments they offer can help restore hair that you'd otherwise lose forever.

  15. Natural Herbs and Remedies for Hair Loss

  16. If you prefer that your cures come from nature you'll be happy to know there are lots of herbs that work to stop hair loss in black women and regrow already lost hair. Saw Palmetto, horsetail, nettle, onion juice and aloe vera are a few of the best herbal remedies for hair growth.

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