The most prevalent types of alopecia affecting Black women are Traction Alopecia. The tension caused by our styles like weave, braids, extensions and wigs is the reason for this kind of hair loss. It’s when the follicle is inflamed and too tightly held by the hair.
It’s important to know traction doesn’t come over night. New York Times said it best. Alopecia Traction comes in stages starting with pain and little bumps around the follicles, gradual thinning and then scarring causing permanent hair loss in that area. Growing your hair back isn’t going to happen over night either. Allure noted that it can take 3-9 months to see any progress with treatment, which can include steroid shots, follicle serums, vitamins and growth cremes like Rogaine. So just be patient.
Loosen Up Those Braids, Weaves And Relaxers
Alopecia can be hereditary in some instances, but for many Black women, traction from the styling of our hair appears to be a big cause. Therefore, the following can be used to avoid and/or reduce hair loss:
- Making sure your braids are so tight, especially around the hairline
- Don’t be afraid to let the braider know that you’re uncomfortableIf you can, stretch out your relaxers a bit or relax the areas where there is hair loss, less often than the rest of your scalp.
- Keep in mind that your protective style, may not be protecting your hair. So pay attention.
- Work with your stylist on a hairdo that won’t make your hair loss worse.
Use Folliculitis Induced Alopecia
Antibiotic and topical cream can be used for treatment. This type of alopecia occurs when bacteria seeps down into the scalp, causing inflammation of the hair follicles Folliculitis is present in various types, including non-infective and infectious folliculitis. Non-infectious types are thought to have been caused by greases and oils on the skirt and block the follicles of the hair.
Go To The Dermatologist
As mentioned previously, the damage is not reversible after the follicle is scarred, so make an appointment with a dermatologist or physician as soon as possible. Then they will diagnose what sort of alopecia you have, which therapy is the best way of doing this and if any hair loss you have already experienced can be reversed.