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Hair loss a growing problem for Black women

This article made me even happier to have the full head of natural hair that I do.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Cheryl Swinger damaged her hair over the years, after two decades of wearing weaves. The more her hair dropped out, the more reliant she was on extensions to cover up her bald spots.

“Over a period of 16 years my hair was thin and damaged,” says Swinger, 47, a hospital administrative assistant, based in Atlanta. “I used sew-in and glue but the damage was worse with glue.”

She admits, though, she wore her weaves for far too long. “By the time I was ready to take it out I would lose my own hair,” says Swinger. “I have lost whole braids before.”

In fact, according to some dermatologists, hair loss is epidemic among black American women. “Hair loss is a significant problem for many African-American women of all ages,” says Dr. Susan Taylor, a Harvard-trained dermatologist. “I probably see 20 women a week with hair loss.”

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Hair Loss in Black Women

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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Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs
Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com
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