“I want to have pieces of hair missing from my hairline and be forced to stick to the same cover-up hairstyles” – said no one ever. Yet why does it happen so much? So often people find themselves shopping for hats and caps. They even Google miracle hair growers, gluing hair patches or applying makeup to the scalp; no kidding, we’ve seen it all.
Unfortunately, hair loss in ethnic hair is often not as a result of genes, but mis-information. Here are some of the causes of hair issues that many are not aware of.
Ethnic Hair Loss From Wearing The Doek
Many women are getting back to their roots wearing their natural hair and headgear. The doek is something that transcends cultural and racial divides.
It is often a piece of cloth, scarves or even stockings that are tightly wrapped around the head throughout the night.
This headgear can also be part of compulsory uniform for churches or traditional everyday wear for women. All of this continuous tight pulling of hair under the notorious (and often stylish) doeks can lead to a hair loss condition called Traction Alopecia.
Dramatic Weight Loss
As controversial as they may be, crash diets are still common. What many don’t know is that the sudden weight loss is traumatic to your body and may result in thinning hair or hair loss. It can take up to 6 months to correct itself. This could also be as a result of vitamin and mineral deficiencies in your diet.
If you are into ethnic looks and prefer braids and dreadlocks, all that tight twisting and pulling can also result in Traction Alopecia. Hair relaxer to make ethnic hair a little more manageable can also result in hair thinning or hair loss.
It is strange how the “cures” society believes to be true can actually lead to more hair loss.
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