Finding Your Pretty with Chez
The natural hair movement is here, either you get on board or your hair might fall out! Doctors and hair stylists have been warning sistas for years about the devastating effects relaxers and weaves have on our hair and scalps. Not only can prolonged weave wearers eventually develop traction alopecia, hair loss that is caused when too much tension is consistently put on the hair follicles by tight hairstyles such as extensions and ponytails usually developing around the hairline, but it may hinder you from noticing that you have developed CCCA.
First noticed in African American’s in the 1950s and referred to at the time as hot comb alopecia because of the original theory that the application of hot petrolatum followed by a stove heated iron comb would cause the oil to travel down to the hair root, burn the follicle, and after repetitive injury scarring would result. Later finding out that men and women that do not have a history of such styling technique were also affected the name was changed to Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA). CCCA is a very common form of alopecia that black women develop and although relaxers, tight braids, heavy extensions and certain oils may be plausible contributing factors, it is also said to be hereditary.
Because a lot of our trusted hairstylists fail us time and time again, we must be self aware and take responsibility in the health of our own scalp and hair. “Hair is a cornerstone of self-esteem and identity for many people,” said Crystal Aguh, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, “but ironically, some hairstyles meant to improve our self-confidence actually lead to hair and scalp damage. If you do notice thinning our balding the worst thing you can do is ignore it trying to cover it up. Get Pro active immediately by stopping the main stress factor that may be agitating the follicles and making an appointment with a dermatologist. The faster you catch CCCA the better. Follow the doctor’s advice taking prescription pills etc. to get scalp inflammation down (as long as your scalp is inflamed your hair will not grow). Up your protein intake. You should have at least half your body weight in mg a day. Drink lot’s of water, take vitamins, pray and don’t I repeat don’t stress. GOOD LUCK!!