Losing your hair is a frightening and frustrating experience.
As difficult as it is to deal with, it is not an uncommon situation for women, particularly African American women, to find themselves in. More than 40% of women will experience thinning hair in their lifetime and, while the degree to which this loss impacts one’s lifestyle varies, the fact is you’re not alone and this problem is not insurmountable.
Hair Loss In Black Women and How to Manage It
For those struggling with hair loss, here are some things you need to know.
Identifying The Problem
Each day, the average person loses anywhere from 50-100 strands of hair. On wash day, this amount can double or even triple due to detangling and general manipulation. This is nothing to be concerned about. Your hair is constantly on a growth cycle wherein it grows, it rests, and then it is shed for new hair to take it’s place.
When you begin to notice large amounts of hair on your pillow case when you wake up or wrapped around your brush or fingers when you detangle, you may begin to worry that there is a problem.
Understanding the Problem
Once you determine you’re losing your hair, the next step is to figure out why. There are countless reasons a woman may be experiencing hair loss -styling techniques, products, hormonal imbalances, medications, health issues, and genetics come to mind.
It is important to seek a diagnosis from your doctor. There may be an easy fix -changing your medication or treating a previously undiagnosed thyroid issue, for example, to help bring your hair back to life. However, the treatment may also require a little more work and effort on your part and you can’t effectively determine next steps without first exploring a diagnosis.
Treating the Problem
Depending on the specific reason your hair is thinning and falling out, you will need to come up with a treatment plan to help revitalize it.
Traction alopecia, hair loss at your scalp edges from wearing over-tight styles, for example, is difficult to treat. It may take many treatments and years to recover from. You can read more about this form of alopecia (hair loss) here: Everything You Need to Know About Traction Alopecia.
On the other hand, women suffering postpartum hair loss may just need to beef up their Biotin and wait it out.
If you want to be proactive, there are some steps you can take to ensure you have the best possible chance of stunting hair loss and growing healthy, natural hair.
DIY Hair Loss Remedies
Vitamins. Nutrients like Biotin, Vitamin A, and B-Complex are all known to promote healthy hair growth. Adding these supplements to your diet may help to reverse the effects of hair loss and, if nothing else, promote the growth of healthier natural hair.
Scalp Treatments. Ensuring that your scalp is well cared for is the first step in dealing with hair struggles on your own. You want to create a healthy environment for your hair to grow. You can read more about how to care for your scalp here: INSERT SCALP POST WHEN LIVE
Diet. You may not be able to address all of your hair loss concerns by focusing on your diet, but it is a great place to start to help create a healthy growing scenario for your hair. Drink plenty of water (hydration is a key element of healthy hair growth), include plenty of fruits and veggies in your daily diet, and make sure you’re getting enough protein. Protein is extremely important for growing strong hair.
Need more help with hair growth as you battle thinning hair? Check out this post, Healthy Hair Habits: This Is How To Get Healthy Natural Hair, for more guidance.