wearing weaves and braids causes hair thinning, loss even in women over 50

April 20, 2011 at 9:03 am in Fashion & Beauty by VN Editors

If you’re looking for a great hairstyle for thin hair, you might consider hair weaves as a solution. However, tight hair weaves can be part of the problem. Studies are showing that the repeated wearing of tight hair weaves and braids can cause permanent hair thinning and loss in the scalp. Some thinning and hair loss can be blamed on age and hormonal shifts, but if you have worn such hairstyles throughout your life, your thin hair on top could be caused by repeated, extreme tension having been placed on the hair.

Wearing such styles for many years puts a lot of tension and traction on the hair follicle, and tends to affect mostly African American women due to the trend of wearing hair weaves continuously. Women who already are prone to hair thinning may wear the styles to help hide the thin spots, but this is one of the worst things you can do. Tight styles such as these can cause infected bumps on the scalp, which can also lead to scarring of the scalp tissue.

Not to be confused with typical hormonal-induced hair thinning, this condition is called central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA). According to recent studies, the average age of women who show this type of hair loss is 58. But some women show the scarring and hair loss as early as age 20 or 30. So it is key for younger women to learn about the condition and see a dermatologist if they notice such bumps on their scalp or if they notice hair loss and thinning.

The study also suggests that there could be a link between diabetes and condition; however, further data must be collected before doctors can call it a definite factor in the hair loss. Though, the study found a higher than average number of women with CCCA also had diabetes.

Once you experience such hair loss, it is very difficult to correct the problem. The scarring caused by this condition can even prevent sufferers from being able to successfully receive hair transplants.

Researchers hope that doctors and hairdressers make themselves and their clients aware of this type of hair loss. It is also important that they warn women of the risks of wearing such a tightly woven style repeatedly. Perhaps this new data could bring about a return to more natural curls and and embrace of less detrimental styles for African-American women’s hair.

For more great information about thinning hair and hairstyles for fine hair, download our free report, Expert Solutions for Thinning Hair and Female Hair Loss Treatments for Women Over 50.

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