It might be more than just shedding.
When you’re getting ready for work and combing your mane, it’s normal to see some hair on the bathroom floor, but when it starts to become more than a few follicles, you might be experiencing hair loss.
Studies have shown, women in their 50s are likely to have alopecia or hair loss- due to uncontrollable factors such as age, a gene or a hormonal change.
However, the loss of hair can also be attributed to some of our own bad habits, all in an effort to achieve “beauty.”
- Excessive heat,
- Tight braiding
So we’re all in agreement bald spots will not earn you a free drink at the bar, right? So what’s the answer?
If weaves are the culprit, then it’s time to kick your extensions to the curb! Ask your stylist for more simple styles to allow your hair to recover. As always, shampoo and conditioner will keep the roots clean, and a proper diet along with exercise will also have positive benefits on your mane. For a list of supplements that help with hair growth, click here to read our blog post on the Top 5 Vitamins for Natural Hair.
And don’t bother wasting your time on the SuperGro hair care products found at your local beauty supply store. “Most of these products are ineffective and contain petroleum and mineral oil, which clog your pores and slow hair growth,” says Dr. Susan Taylor, author of the best selling book Brown Skin: Your Prescription for Flawless Skin, Hair, and Nails. Your best bet is to make an appointment to see a dermatologist, who can help you to identify the cause of your hair loss and determine the most effective course of treatment
With a professional’s help, you’ll have access to Rogaine, scalp treatments, and prescription antibiotics, which can go a long way to saving your tresses. And with early detection, most cases can be effectively treated.
Hair loss can be an emotionally traumatic experience. While you may feel embarrassed and alone, please rest assured that millions of women deal with this issue, even though it’s not a topic of frequent discussion. In the meantime, keep your spirits up and try to maintain a positive attitude. Taking one day at a time and having an optimistic outlook can make a huge difference in your condition and greatly increase your chances for hair re-growth.
To learn more about treating and caring for your hair, pick up a copy of my book, Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair. It’s available at Barnes & Noble,Amazon.com, and in the TGIN Store.
Also, we would love to hear from you. If you have you ever seen a doctor or dermatologist for hair loss, what was the diagnosis and the treatment?
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