The Black Woman’s Guide to Hair Loss

May 2, 2011 ‐ By Dr. Phoenyx Austin

Traction Alopecia

This type of hair loss is seen around the hairline, especially around the temples and above the ears. How does it happen? It is the result of tight hairstyles- i.e. tight weaves, braids and ponytails. How is it treated? Fortunately, this type of hair loss is reversible in the initial stages. And treatments include: refraining from the same hairstyles that caused the hair loss, as well as over the counter supplements (vitamin b complex, biotin, vitamin c, e and zinc) and topical minoxidil (Rogaine).

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  • sylvia

    i am a black 55 year old cancer patience and had chemo @ radiation treatment my hair came back very thin

  • Shar

    I believe I have ccac. My dermatologist however recommended not to use minoxidil b/c as soon as u stop using it, your hair will begin to thin again much faster and worse. Very concerned not sure what I should do. Also looks like my hairline has been pushed back.

  • Swilliams73

    Dr. Austin. I would like to ask u a question pertaining to hair but it is a bit embarrassing for me. How can I contact you w/o public notification?

  • amy hair loss

    I have been trying a hair loss remedy that has been working fairly nicely for me. I don’t understand how long I will keep my hair but this seems okay at the moment.

  • Indigofera Beauty

    Thank you Dr. Phoenyx! This is an excellent guide. I will be sharing it with my clients. Hair loss can be devastating for black women. There are some preventative and restorative things you can do to combat, thinning, breakage and shedding. Here is my article on growth tips. This first photo is me. Thanks for checking it out.

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  • freetobeme

    Research "Emu Oil"…(seriously, it works). Apply it at least every other day…consistency is the key…(it works).

  • greenafrodiva

    I have CCCA or scarring alopecia. It is not always caused by heat treatments and chemicals because i haven't had a relaxer in over 10 years and I rarely heat style my hair. I comes from either poor diet, anemia, HIV/AIDS, family history or changes on hormones. This condition is irreversible if you already have bald spots but the areas where the follicle exists can be saved through steroid treatments and creams.

    • Cindie

      I have alopecia areata from an immune disorder. People assume I have “hair loss” from laziness — black folks, that is! It’s hurtful to me, but I get by. I’m more concerned about what is “in” my head than “on” my head. Our folks don’t “get” that, though.

  • Beauty Coach

    You've got to re-hydrate hair and stop sleeping with fabrics that rub hair away, like cotton and scarves. Allow hair to breathe and start using a satin pillowcase. I got one from Neero & Ana about 5 years ago and it hasn't broken or rubbed out my hair at all.

  • mia

    No more perms!

  • TheWife

    Zachery dear weaves are not the issue! I wear weaves from time to time and my natural hair is long

  • Zachary

    stop wearing weave…THE END…Uggs Giving Away Stuff After PETA called them out.. to Get Consumers to Support them….haha got 2 pair!

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