Types Of Hair Loss
Alopecia is the medical term for excessive or abnormal hair loss. There are different kinds of alopecia.
It may be as simple as having a gene that makes you susceptible to male or female pattern baldness or one of the forms of alopecia areata, or as complex as a whole host of diseases. In some instances the hair loss occurs temporarily from some medications. Unfortuantely, for some women, hair loss sometimes becomes a life long struggle.
Traction alopecia is the gradual loss of hair due to a frequent or constant excessive pulling on the hair.
Women suffering from traction alopecia will see gradual and noticeable hair loss along the edges of their scalp, the front and back of the hairline, the temples and behind the ears. This is the leading cause of hair loss in African American women.
Central Cicatricial Centifugal Alopecia
Central cicatricial centifugal alopecia (CCCA) is a form of traction alopecia caused by chemical relaxers, oils, gels, dyes and bleaches. These chemicals weaken the keratin structure of the follicle, which reduces its strength and causes the hair to break more easily. CCCA is the second leading cause of hair loss in African American women.
What Causes Hair Loss?
The exact cause of hair loss may not be fully understood, but it’s usually related to one or more of the following factors:
Genetic Predisposition – A family history of hair loss
Stress and Trauma – Leads to constriction of blood supply
Poor Nutrition and Diet
Thyroid Issues Hyper-Hypo
Diabetes and lupus can cause hair loss
Chemotherapy/Radiation – cancer treatments
Environment – Pollutants from the environment, toxins within our body
Poor Hair Care Technique including weaves, corn rows and tight braids, frequent chemical processing and the structure of hair can cause ethnic hair loss.
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