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Guide to Hair Loss in Black Women

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Black women have unique needs when it comes to hair loss. Hair loss is typically caused by reasons such as stress, tight hairstyles, heredity, hormones, medications and frequent chemical processing of hair. But hair treated right can be rejuvenated and made vibrant again.

Scientists have found that black women typically lose 50-100 strands of hair each day. If you're losing more than that, you are considered to be suffering from hair loss. Typical reasons for hair loss include:

  1. Hair Styles

    If you have tight hairstyles, weaves, or braids, frequently women will see hairloss near their hairline. Usually this kind of hairloss if treated early can be reversed and prevented. This is called traction alopecia.

  2. Hot Comb Alopecia

    Another common type of hairloss in black women is related to using excessive heat styling or chemicals on their hair. This is sometimes referred to as hot-comb alopecia. Sufferers will notice tenderness of their scalp and often patches of the scalp will be shiny and the hair density in those spots grows thinner. Typically this kind of hairloss occurs at the top of the crown.

  3. Androgenic Hairloss

    Female pattern baldness occurs because of hormones or heredity. Hairloss tends to be more near the crown than along the hairline. This is called androgenic hairloss.
  4. Medications

    Medication side effects often include hairloss. Blood pressure medicines are notorious for their triggering of hairloss. Other medicines with bad side effects include anticoagulants, antidepressants, contraceptives and cholesterol-lowering drugs.



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