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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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