Hair Loss and African American Women

Traction Alopecia is seen mostly in African-American women.   Millions of people damage their hair by wearing styles that pull too tightly on their hair.  This is known as traction alopecia, this type of hair loss is caused by styles such as cornrows (popular in the African-American community) or simply tight ponytails, which can pull hair out by the roots and traumatize the hair follicles.   Aside from loss of hair, traction alopecia can be characterized by red bumps, infections, papules and pustules.   Thinning is first noticed at the hairline and wherever the hair is gathered — any place where hair is braided or otherwise pulled tightly.  This form of alopecia can be reversed.

Over 20 million women in American alone suffering from hair loss are ages ranging from 30-65.   There are several different types of hair loss; alopecia, alopecia areata, traction alopecia and androgenetic alopecia.   Alopecia areata is a hair-loss condition which usually affects the scalp.   It typically causes one or more patches of hair loss and affects both genders.   It’s an autoimmune disorder, in which the immune system attacks hair follicles, is believed to cause alopecia areata.

Hair Loss and African American Women

Androgenetic alopecia, commonly called male or female pattern baldness, was only partially understood until the last few decades.  For many years, scientists thought that androgenetic alopecia was caused by the predominance of the male sex hormone, testosterone, which women also have in trace amounts under normal conditions.  While testosterone is at the core of the balding process, DHT is thought to be the main culprit.  Testosterone converts to DHT with the aid of the enzyme Type II 5-alpha reductase, which is held in a hair follicle’s oil glands.   Scientists now believe that it’s not the amount of circulating testosterone that’s the problem but the level of DHT binding to receptors in scalp follicles.   DHT shrinks hair follicles, making it impossible for healthy hair to survive.

The most common cause of hair loss is low thyroid function, which is common among menopausal women.   Other causes include, but are not limited to: changes in hormone levels (decrease or increase), increased testosterone, increased stress (physical or emotional), various medications, scalp/dermatological issues and heredity.   Any time sudden hair loss is experienced, one must consider months prior to the hair loss, as factors affecting hair loss can often take up to three months to have an effect, i.e., were you diagnosed with something new in the past few months?

Hair Loss and African American Women

No matter what type of hair loss a woman suffers from the effects are devastating.   Socially, hair makes a statement about a women whether we like it or not.   Women are judged by their hair style, color, length,  and condition.  Sometimes all of these factors help us to attract a mate.   So, in order to help bring out your sexy allure, you might try a custom lace wig.  These wigs are some of the most natural hair pieces on the market.  Celebrities like Tyra and Beyonce wear these types of wigs. These wigs can make a women feel confident and sexy no matter what type of condition their own hair is in.  Never compromise.   You only have one life to live!



Author: Anne Alden

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