Skip navigation! Story from Beauty. My friends would call me an open book, but for years I kept a secret: I was losing my hair. It happened slowly, but year after year, my hairline became increasingly more sparse until one day I woke up and noticed a shiny, smooth, bare patch of skin nestled a few rows into my retreating hairline. I was devastated. How was it possible that in my early 30s I was already experiencing hair loss in such a noticeable way?
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Black Woman Alopecia: All You Need To Know About The Hair Disease
Outside influences have created a larger than life persona for Black hair, causing what was once a source of pride to also be a point of contention within our own community. So I went on a journey to find out more about how to safely grow back my healthy hair. Here are some of the lessons I learned. Go see a professional to diagnose and treat alopecia.
Hair Loss in Black Women: Tips from an Expert
Hair loss is one of the most common conditions affecting African-American women. Hair loss in black women is significantly increasing every year. In fact, according to a National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, a national database, hair loss and thinning are one of the major reasons why African-Americans visit their dermatologists. Relaxers that are designed to straighten hair are a big contributor among African-American women when it comes to the chemical and heat damage affecting the scalp and the hair follicles.
Many people are under the assumption that it is only men who can experience hair loss on the scalp. However, that is not the case. Many black women, and sometimes even black girls, experience excessive hair loss on the scalp for reasons ranging from medical conditions to the over-styling of hair. Hair loss medically referred to as alopecia, is an unexpected loss of hair in large amounts. The severity of the hair loss might vary from woman to woman depending on its cause and genetic factors.