The Black Woman’s Guide to Hair Loss

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May 2, 2011 ‐ By Dr. Phoenyx Austin

Hair is big thing with black women- and women in general. And that’s why hair loss can become a very traumatic experience for a woman. Sometimes the hair loss is due to natural things like hereditary and hormones. But oftentimes it is also the direct result of things we do to our own hair, like constant chemical processing (i.e. relaxers) and hairstyling (i.e. tight braids), as well as poor diet.

I’ll cover the most common causes of hair loss in black women. And I will discuss treatment methods. In all cases, you should make sure you that you’re getting the proper nutrients for healthy hair in the form of vitamins and supplements (last page). And in some cases of hair loss you will have to see a doctor from prescription medication so that your condition doesn’t worsen or become permanent.

The thing to remember is that if you’re a black woman experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, you should take the time to read up on this information, and start taking the necessary steps now to restore your hair back to its full and healthy state. Here is the black woman’s guide to hair loss:

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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?

  • http://www.viviscal.co.uk 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.

  • http://www.indigoferabeauty.blogspot.com 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. http://indigoferabeauty.blogspot.com/2011/01/ask-

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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.. http://goo.gl/OeFMB to Get Consumers to Support them….haha got 2 pair!

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