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What You Need to Know About Natural Hair Loss — And How To Deal With It!

By   |   March 20, 2021   |   Beauty

Most women with natural afro hair will already be well aware of how important hair is for confidence and overall style. If you think you are losing hair, it can be pretty stressful! It is normal for people to lose 50 to 100 hairs every single day. When it is wash day, you might notice that you are losing way more. It is probably nothing to worry about because curly, coily or kinky hair types hold on to hairs that have fallen out, so they will not show up until you detangle.

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 consider what might be causing it and what you can do about it. Around 50 percent of Black women experience hair loss at some point, so this is a guide to afro hair loss that could help many of you.

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.

Stress can also lead to hair loss. High levels of stress can cause hair follicles to reach a resting phase. In English, this means that stress causes your hair to stop growing. If the hairs fall out, the follicles will not produce more, so this causes hair thinning.

Other causes of hair loss could be dietary—iron deficiencies often lead to thinning of the hair—or hormonal, 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.

So, What Can You Do About It?

There are a few easy ways to prevent some kinds of hair loss. If you think you have traction alopecia, give your hair a break from the braids and other tight hairstyles. You should also hold off on any chemical treatments or relaxers for a while, as this could be damaging your hair too.

Make sure you are eating a balanced diet with plenty of iron, or take supplements if you have a deficiency. This should stop further thinning, and your hair should start to grow back.

If you think the issue is hormonal (for example, if you have recently given birth or gone through menopause), your hair will probably grow back on its own. Be patient and give it time!

If your hair does not seem to be growing back and it is stressing you out, consider a more permanent solution, like a hair transplant. Black people tend to be good candidates for hair transplants because the hair is usually dense and curly so the hair looks thicker. Check out to learn more about hair transplants.

If you are losing hair, it can feel like the end of the world, but do not worry! Talk to a doctor to find out what you can do, and remember: You are not alone!

photo credit: girl-afro-hair Suad-Kamardeen-on-Unsplash



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