Hair today..Gone tomorrow

My friend recently showed me pictures of Serena Williams’ hairline that was recently in the press, and I was a bit shocked:

Condition? Serena may be suffering from 'traction alopecia' the name of the type of hair loss associated with hair braiding, weaving, and the wearing of hair extensions

Condition? Serena may be suffering from 'traction alopecia' the name of the type of hair loss associated with hair braiding, weaving, and the wearing of hair extensions

 And it  reminded of me of THAT picture of Naomi Campbell’s hairline:

And it got me thinking about the stress that we black people put on our hair. Relaxing, braiding, weaves and straightening all put so much stress on our hair. We go to the hairdresser and we get our braids done, and we have headaches because its so tight. Little do we think that its gradually pulling out our hair. I read an article by Dr. Angela Kyei and i didnt realise how many black women (1 in 6 from the study) have a form of baldness. There’s a type of balding  dermatologists call central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, or scarring hair loss which starts at the top of the scalp and slowly spreads to the rest and occurs only in black women. And there’s no treatment. No treatment. (If you want to read the article it’s here)

That is SO scary. Alopecia is no joke and we as black women need to be more conscious of the decisions we are making that involve our hair, and generally take more care.

Here are some tips that could help:

Dont get your braids/weave done too tight

Dont leave your braids in for too long.

Dont have your braids done too small.

When you take out your braids/weaves, have at least a weeks rest period, to give your hair a break. Make sure you deep condition it in this time because it will be weak.

Dont relax your hair too often. I say leave about 2 month between each relaxer.

Don’t over process your hair during relaxer, i.e don’t leave the relaxer in your hair for too long.

Don’t straighten your hair without a heat protectant.

Make sure your hair is moisturized. Dry hair is brittle and breaks.

Hope these are useful 🙂

K.

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