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Everything Black Woman Needs to Know About Hair Loss and Tips on How to Prevent It

We actually lose around 80 strands per day, but if you notice that you start to shed significantly more than that and your strands are not growing back, that is when things begin to get serious.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

Is it just me, or is everyone you know suffering from hair loss too? If you are experiencing hair loss right now, I know exactly what you feel. It is kind of scary when you are shedding way more hair than usual. Yes, yes, we know that hair shedding is totally normal and a part of everyday life. We actually lose around 80 strands per day, but if you notice that you start to shed significantly more than that and your strands are not growing back, that is when things begin to get serious. But what I do not like about hair loss is there so many potential triggers so it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact reason why your strands are falling out. This article is your ultimate guide for hair loss. Here, you will learn about hair loss and some tips on how to prevent it. Rule number 1: Do not freak out!

Alright, let us first understand the four-step cycle of hair. Yes, four. The hair grows, rests, falls, and regenerates. And it is very easy to upset this process because there are many different genes involved in this cycle. The most common and biggest hair loss culprits are:

Stress

Yup, being stressed with school, work, and life, in general, can slow down the hair cycle because your body produces a hormone called cortisol when you are stressed. And the cortisol can prematurely push your hair into its resting phase.

Hormonal Changes

Who would have thought hormones play a role in the hair cycle? Starting or changing birth control can impact your hair growth and hair loss. The same goes for pregnancy as the high levels of progesterone and estrogen when you are pregnant can make your tresses grow faster and feel smoother. However, when a woman gives birth, the levels of estrogen and progesterone drop so there will be some hair fall months later.

Extreme Dieting

Eating a balanced diet is good for your overall health. But did you know that your diet can also affect your hair growth? This happens when you are restricting your body of nutrients. Your body will then shift the energy away from your hair and divert it to your vital organs such as the brain, heart, and lungs.

Now that you know some of the main reasons why your hair is falling out, let’s discover some ways you can do to prevent or slow down hair loss.

Change up your diet.

It is recommended to get more protein in order to prevent hair loss. Your hair is made of protein, so consuming at least a palm-sized portion of protein-rich foods at breakfast and lunch is helpful.

Take a supplement.

Supplementation can be really helpful in boosting levels of vitamins and minerals available to your strands. Just be sure to check for the following ingredients if you are going to take a supplement: Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, L-Methionine, and L-Lysine.

Be careful when styling your hair.

It is best to avoid hairstyles that put traction on your hair and hair follicles. It is also recommended to avoid using heavy styling creams and serums because these products can add unnecessary weight to your hair.

How to prevent traction alopecia?

Traction alopecia is caused by heat, chemicals, and tight styles that pull at the hair root. Black women in particular are prone to this type of hair loss. But do not worry, there are things you can do to prevent it.

  • If you want to rock chic braids or dreadlocks, ask your stylist to create looser braids.
  • Remove your braids after three months.
  • Remove your hair extensions or weave after eight weeks.
  • Avoid chemical treatments.
  • Minimize heat stylings such as using flat irons, hairdryers, and curling irons.

Losing your hair can be stressful and scary, but don't freak out. All you have to do is understand how common female hair loss is and that there is nothing to be embarrassed about.

If you want to get more beauty advice, some hair care tips for dark-skinned women, travel inspirations, food tips, and literally anything that is helpful for people of color, be sure to check out Black Lifestyle.