Thinning Afro Hair Lines – The Causes and Cures
Thinning hair lines are becoming increasingly common amongst black women. Our dependence on weaves, braids and tightly pulled hair styling, means that black women are more likely to suffer from thinning hair lines which is medically identified as Traction Alopecia.
Traction Alopecia is a form of alopecia that is one of the main causes of hair loss for black women. Because Afro hair is fine, it is more susceptible to hair breakage if styled in a way that puts excessive and repetitive pressure or pulling on the hair and the outcome over time will be gradual hair loss and thinning or receding hair line.
The following types of hair styling can cause traction alopecia:
- Tight ponytails
- Hair pulled tightly in a repetitive style
- Weaves which are sewn, braided, glued or clipped
- Tight Cornrows or braids
- Tight wigs
- Wigs that are glued along the hair line
- Hair extensions
- Using hair straighteners
If you style your hair using any of the techniques mentioned above and have noticed thinning around your hair line, or are noticing thinning or bald patches around your scalp, then there is a possibility that you are currently suffering from Traction Alopecia.
Why Are Black Women More Likely to Suffer from Traction Alopecia?
Black women are more likely to suffer from Traction Alopecia because of our hair type. Firstly, Afro hair is fine, making it more sensitive to tugging and pulling. Secondly Afro hair is kinky which means that the cuticles do not lay flat because of the curved nature of the shaft. Hairstyles which defy the natural curls/kink of afro hair through straightening and braiding can cause the hair bulb to gradually separate from the hair follicle, causing sustained hair loss. Repetitive and sustained pulling of your hair causes tension around the hair follicles which can result in inflammation which can cause scarring around the scalp and permanent hair loss or balding.
Can Traction Alopecia Be Reversed?
The only way to stop the symptoms of Traction Alopecia is to redistribute the tension in the hair by changing your hair style. Wearing dreadlocks, weaves, braids and cornrows must be abandoned to halt the progression of Traction Alopecia.
Treatment for Traction Alopecia
If you recognise symptoms of Traction Alopecia and have thinning, dry or brittle hair, then the hair products you are using and the hair care regimes you are following are not working for you, so why not try ProTress? Changing your hair style (i.e. styling your hair in a looser style) combined with additional treatment can prevent the perpetuation of Traction Alopecia and restore hair growth.
ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Lotion facilitates recovery from Traction Alopecia because it contains the patented Si MATRIX PF which is a revolutionary treatment for the connective tissue recovery and revitalising hair follicles.
Once the ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Lotion is applied to the scalp, the peripheral micro circulation (flow of blood around the scalp) is reactivated causing the scalp to tingle as the lotion massages the scalp, improving the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the hair bulbs, which improves hair growth whilst revitalising hair follicles, restoring hair growth from the damage caused by Traction Alopecia.
Blog Post Written by Lianne - Founder of ProTress