African American and Hair Loss

For Black women, the most common type of hair loss falls into the category of traumatic alopecia. Caused by destructive habits that are often avoidable, dermatologists say traumatic alopecia results from the following: 1) improper use of products that chemically alter the natural hair texture, 2) excessive hot-pressing, curling or blow-drying, 3) gluing hair in during the weave process, 4) applying new relaxers over previously relaxed hair, 5) chemical or heat burns to the scalp, and 6) combining permanent color with other chemical hair treatments.

Another common type of hair loss among Black women is hot comb alopecia or central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, which begins at the central portion of the scalp and progresses rapidly. Eventually, it causes severe damage to hair follicles.

Posted on June 22, 2010 in Beauty Tips, News, Tips

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