The Black Woman’s Guide to Hair Loss

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Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)

This type of hair loss was once called “hot-comb alopecia,” and most women with this condition will initially notice hair thinning at the  “crown” of the head that eventually spreads. How does it happen? It is most often the result of excessive heat styling and chemical processing (i.e. relaxers). How is it treated? CCCA is an inflammatory-like condition, so the best treatments are medical. In addition to taking vitamins, you will have to see a doctor who will most likely prescribe anti-inflammatories (i.e. prescription strength cortisone) and other medications to be applied topically or injected directly into the scalp.

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