The Afro Hair Type – Reasons For Hair Loss

The Afro Hair Type – Reasons For Hair Loss

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Before we jump into the details of this blog, we thought it would be best to give you a bit of background around the specifics of the Afro hair type, as it is distinctly different to other types of hair.

It is true throughout the world that people of different ethnic origins have obvious visible differences in the structure, style, growth rate, colour and density of their hair. We all share the basic chemical compositions in regards to keratin, but the African hair type has some chemical differences as well as the visible differences. These differences include:

  • Differences in the lipid distribution throughout the shaft of the hair itself
  • Afro hair is not always as populated (in terms of density) on the scalp as other types of follicles. The average density of the hair was found to be 190 hairs per square centimetre. Whereas Caucasian hair was found to be, on average approx. 227 hairs per square centimetre.
  • It was also found that Afro hair grows at a slower rate than Caucasian hair. The former growing at around 256 micrometres per day, whereas the latter grows at an average rate of around 396 micrometres per day

The above listed points are just a sample of the differences that define these two disparate hair types.

Why Do Women With The Typical Afro Hair Type Suffer Hair Loss?

There are many reasons why Afro women might suffer hair loss. Below we will outline for you just a handful of these reasons. As follows:

  • One of the most prevalent reasons of hair loss in black women is a condition called Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia, or CCCA for short. This condition is known to cause localised destruction of the hair follicles on the head, which in turn can cause widespread hair loss that may be permanent, and which may also lead to scarring.
  • Wearing weaves, or styling the hair in ways that cause great stress on the scalp and the follicles themselves, such as tight braids, twists, or knots, can exacerbate hereditary hair loss, the above condition (CCCA) or hair loss that occurs over time due to repeated stress. It is important to note that braids and weaves etc are not themselves direct causes of hair loss in black women and can be used safely. However, if they are done too tightly, are left in for too long, or a combination of these two things then they can over time be very damaging to the hair.
  • Black women are particularly prone to a type of hair loss that is known by its medical name: Traction Alopecia. This condition has a number of causes, mainly the consistent application of heat, chemicals associated with certain hairstyles, or other hairstyles that are known to pull at the root, including some styles that include braids, dreadlocks or weaves.
  • Hair that is naturally curly, as is the case with many black women’s hair, is naturally fragile and is therefore more prone to breaking – especially if under stress from any of the things as mentioned above. Bends in the hair, as is the case with those with curly hair, means that the natural protectant that is produced by the hair is unable to travel all the way down the length of the shaft where it is needed most.

How To Treat Hair Loss In Black Women

Before the treatment of your hair loss begins, you will need to get in touch with us regarding your desired treatment and look. This can be done easily by filling in our consultation form. Once this has been completed a patient consultant will be in touch with you to discuss your treatment! Typically, those with the Afro hair type may benefit equally from both the FUE and FUT hair method of hair transplantation, with an exact decision being made during your face to face consultation. Your consultant may also decide that the use of supportive PRP injections may also be necessary.

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