It’s not a demographic that’s usually featured when the media discusses thinning hair. But research shows that hair loss affects a large number of African American women. While much of the attention out there focuses on hair loss issues related to men, African American women have unique issues that are often undiagnosed.
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Black Women and Untreated Hair Loss
In 2016, researchers at the American Academy of Dermatology and the Black Women’s Health Study at Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center published a survey of African American women and their experience with hair loss. Of the 5,594 women who were studied, 47.6 percent reported hair loss on the crown or the top of the scalp. But the problem has often gone undiagnosed as 81 percent of the survey participants reported that they’ve never sought treatment from a doctor for their hair loss.
According to Dr. Yolanda Lenzy, a Connecticut-based dermatologist, the leading cause of hair loss among African American women is a condition called central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA). It’s a condition in which inflammation and damaged, destroyed hair follicles can leave scarring and, in severe cases, permanent hair loss. CCCA is often found to be related to poor hair styling practices and is often called hot comb alopecia.
African American women are also prone to another condition called traction alopecia. This is caused by styles that pull hair too tight. Dr. Lenzy believes that hair styling practices such as braiding, weaves or using certain types of chemicals are often responsible for hair loss.
“When hair loss is caused by styling practices, the problem is usually chronic use,” Lenzy said. “Women who use these styling practices tend to use them repeatedly, and long-term repeated use can result in hair loss.” Lenny believes that using these styles less often, for example wearing your hair in a bun for only a few hours could reduce the amount of harm.
It should be noted that hair loss among African American women can also be caused by things like genetic predisposition which can give rise to androgenetic alopecia or female pattern hair loss.
“I hope my research demonstrates the prevalence of hair loss among African-American women and creates more awareness of this problem,” Dr. Lenzy told Science Daily.
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Please note that the author of this piece is not a doctor and the information in this material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.