What Are The Top Hair Loss Causes — And How To Get Your Hair Back For Good!By The DivaGals | March 20, 2021 | Beauty
There’s nothing more beautiful than naturally kinky hair! When you start to suffer from hair loss, it can feel like the end of the world. While it’s normal for people to lose 50 to 100 hairs every single day, if you think you have more than normal daily hair loss, it can be majorly stressful when wash day rolls around.
If you notice that you are losing more hair than usual, or if you can tell your hair is thinning, you will definitely want to figure out what’s causing your hair loss and what you can do about it. Around 50 percent of black women experience hair loss at some point, so this guide to hair loss can definitely help.
Why Are You Losing Hair?
A common cause of hair loss among Black women is traction alopecia. This is hair loss caused by too much pulling and strain on the hair, so it particularly affects people who wear their hair in braids a lot of the time.
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Stress can also lead to hair loss. High levels of stress can cause hair follicles to reach a resting phase. And that causes your hair to stop growing. If the hairs fall out repeatedly, the follicles will get to a point where they can’t produce more, which leads to hair thinning.
Other causes of hair loss could be dietary. Iron deficiencies often lead to thinning of the hair. Or it could be a hormonal cause, such as childbirth or menopause.
There are also genetic reasons to lose your hair. If hair loss runs in your family (either your mom or your dad), you could have female pattern baldness, which leads to thinning of the hair over time, particularly around any part in the hair you might have.
What Can You Do About Hair Loss?
The first thing you should do is see your dermatologist. She can determine what is causing your hair loss. If it’s traction alopecia, she may recommend that you give your hair a break from braids and other tight hairstyles, or hold off from chemical treatments or relaxers, as these could be the cause of your damage.
If the issue is hormonal (for example, if you have recently given birth or gone through menopause), your dermatologist can help devise a plan to combat the damage.
If your hair does not seem to be growing back and it is stressing you out, you can then consider a more permanent solution, like a hair transplant. Our fearless EIC had a hair transplant; you can learn more about her journey.
Make sure you are eating a balanced diet with plenty of iron, or take supplements if you have a deficiency. Eating foods that are nutritious-dense, such as spinach and salmon, helps your body take care of your precious strands.
Get Your Hair Back For Good!
If you are losing hair, it can feel like the end of the world, but you have options. Talk to your dermatologist to find out what you can do, and remember: You are not alone!
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