Losing Your Hair? Here’s What Could Be Going Wrong and How To Stop It

Losing Your Hair-

Was your hairline last seen in 2015? Or were you taking down a hairstyle e.g. twists recently, only to notice that your hairline is M.I.A.? Has the volume of your hair reduced? Do you have bald patches in your normally full beard? Then keep reading to find out what could be causing it and what you can do to reverse it?

To start off… I’d like to just put this out there. Alopecia is the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it would normally grow. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, alopecia is just a medical term for ANY and ALL hair loss.  What changes is the cause, severity and the treatment of each specific different form of alopecia. Hence you’ll hear of things like alopecia areata, traction alopecia etc.

Hair loss can happen in the form of actually developing bald patches or experiencing general thinning of the hair/decrease in hair volume in an area or the whole scalp.

For the sake of this article, hair loss will generally be viewed from 3 main perspectives: Illness-related, Over-manipulation of hair and ‘natural causes’.

A.Illness-related:

  1. Alopecia Areata/Totalis:

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Alopecia Areata translates to losing hair in patches/circles. While Alopecia Totalis means losing hair on your whole scalp i.e. not in patches here and there. Both are autoimmune skin diseases. An autoimmune disease is a disease where your own immune system attacks your body tissues.

In this case it attacks your hair follicles causing slow hair growth, thinning hair and causes the hair to fall out. It may also eventually cause the hair follicle to stop producing hair.

People with a higher chance of contracting alopecia areata/totalis are people aged 15-29, those who have a family member who had alopecia and people who already have another autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel diseases and skin conditions, such as psoriasis.

Here’s what you can do to stop or control it:

  • Consult with a dermatologist or trichologist. As of a few days ago, there’s been a drug successfully tested that may be able to spur hair regrowth.
  • You can also explore natural remedies with your dermatologist or trichologists too.
  • Since your hair is already fragile, avoid styling it for now. Try wigs or low manipulation hair styles. If it’s your beard, you may opt to look at some stimulating beard oil.

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    2. Hair loss as a result of treatment of another illness or condition:

During cancer treatment via chemotherapy or radiotherapy (at times), the patient will start to lose their hair. This is actually quite normal and most of the time the hair will grow back after treatment is completed or stopped

B. Traction Alopecia/Over Manipulation of one’s hair.

 

If you’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos, read quite a few blog posts and have spoken to people in hair communities, you’ve heard of this specific one before.

Traction Alopecia isn’t an illness. It just means that you’re losing your hair because it’s being pulled out of the hair follicle.

Think of it this way, if you regularly tweeze or wax a hairy spot on your body e.g. your armpit or legs or bikini area etc., you’ll start to notice that your hair in those areas gets thinner and after a while some patches appear where you’ve just stopped growing hair.

Here’s what you can do to stop or control it:

  • Avoid tight lines (cornrows or braids)… Especially kusukwa na uzi (being plaited with thread to get a tight grip on the baby hair on one’s hairline.)
  • Avoid tight braids and have your weaves sewn in a bit loose.
  • Do NOT crotchet bulky hair on freshly done tight cornrows/lines. This is a recipe for disaster.
  • Be careful with ‘glue-on’ wigs. If you don’t have the right glue then just skip it.

CNatural Hair Loss.

In general, most of these conditions are related to hormonal changes or dietary deficiencies e.g. Old Age, Pregnancy, Menopause.

Here’s what you can do to stop or control it:

  • VITAMINConsult with a dermatologist or trichologist: some treatments exist that can already help with these condition. Explore natural remedies with them too.
  • Improve your diet. It is generally agreed that Niacin (Vitamin B3), found in white meat, roasted peanuts and mushrooms, Vitamin C, Protein, Zinc and Selenium, Omega-3 and Vitamin B7 (Biotin) have been proven to help promote healthy hair growth and reduce hair loss. Or you can try supplements such as Blissful Lengths Hair Growth Vitamins available from our store. This tried & tested liquid vitamin is sure to improve your hair growth (it also improves nails & skin too!!)

 

  • Seek advice from your gynaecologist or obstetrician.
  • Ask your mom or dad for advice…. they’ve probably been there, done that.

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