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Hair Loss in Black Women

by HealthyLocs on June 25, 2012

One of the most emotionally devastating concerns that I hear voiced from women is normally regarding hair loss. We understand that a woman’s head of hair is her crowning glory — and losing too much hair can be a serious and frightening blow to her self-esteem.

Placing so much importance on the state of your hair may seem like a vanity, but it is not.   Your hair is one of the first areas, along with skin and nails, to display signs of hormonal imbalance, poor nutrition, or illness.   Understanding how hair regenerates and paying attention to any changes in your own hair growth and appearance are important parts of taking care of yourself.
The truth is that a reasonable amount of hair loss (50 – 100 strands a day) is normal.   More than that is an indicator for a serious underlying illness.   Many rule hair loss as an inevitable part of the aging process and suggest treating the situation with topical solutions like Rogain instead of getting to the source of the issue to slow down or stop the problem causing the hair loss.
How do I know if the amount of hair I’m losing is normal?
One way to test if your hair loss is normal is the “pull test”.   Run your fingers through about 60 strands of hair (no, you don’t actually have to count them, just guess.).  You should end up with 5 – 8 strands of hair in your hand.   Reflecting the average 10% of hair follicles that are transitioning towards the resting phase at any one time.   More than 15 hairs may indicate a more unusual period of hair loss called telogen effluvium (sudden, unlocalized loss of hair).
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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com
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Soofyah February 17, 2013 at 8:28 am

I am fighting to get my hair back. I wore my hair in locs for about 10 years and like your article said, I thought it would be vain to pay attention to my hair. You are so right. That was not true. After years of neglect and ignoring the signs of hair loss, my hair began thinning until I found bald spots. I had to cut my locs. Today I have follicle scars that I am working hard to loosen for regrowth. To document my new hair journey I started a youtube channel and I am so surprise that women from all over the world have sent me messages who are faced with the same. Thx for addressing this important issue. Peace and Love….Soofyah

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