4 Things Women Can Do To Stop Thinning Hair

4 Things Women Can Do To Stop Thinning Hair

Although hair loss and thinning is more common with men, women are just as likely to experience both due to pregnancy, stress, medical conditions, genetics, and many other reasons. However there is hope!

Here are 4 things you can do to stop thinning hair:

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1 – Change Your Diet

Did you know that the hair shaft mostly made up of water? Drinking water is like watering a plant, drink at least 64 ounces every day. Nutrition also plays a big factor in healthy hair growth. Be sure to eat protein-rich foods such as eggs, milk and fish.

2 – Exercise

Exercising relieves stress and increases the blood flow throughout your body. Sweating will also unclog your scalp, which will aid with hair growth.

3 – Avoid Over Manipulation & Styling

Over manipulation may be the reason why you’re experiencing thinning hair. You may have to give your protective styles such as braids and twists a break. Let your hair breathe by wearing looser styles or even wearing it out.

4 – Scalp Massages

Stimulate and invigorate your scalp by massaging it with essential oils for increased hair growth. A great essential oil for scalp massages is rosemary oil, because it reduces graying and thinning.

Help with Hair Edge Loss

When experiencing hair loss, starting with the above ‘fixes’ should be your first step in attempting to find a solution.

Are you looking for a permanent solution to edge loss? Dr. John Frank is an expert in helping black women restore their own natural-looking edges regardless of their current condition. Schedule a free online or in-person consultation, or learn more at the doctor’s website.

Top 8 Hair Care Secrets Revealed

Top 8 Hair Care Secrets Revealed

Ever wonder how come celebrities’ hair look so flawless? Do you want long, luscious, thick and health hair? Do you think you know everything about hair? Think again!

Here are the 8 Top Hair Care Secrets Revealed

1 – Air Dry Your Hair

To avoid crunchy curly hair feel and look, apply mousse or foam to your hair to your soaked wet hair. Then, let it air dry. The less you touch your hair when it is wet, the less chance it has of becoming frizzy.

Top Hair Care Secrets Revealed

2 – Deep Condition Every Week

Your hair needs moisture. Moisture is what keeps our hair moisturized, manageable, and maintains our elasticity. Hence, we need to deep condition every week for 30 minutes to 1-hour with heat by using a plastic bag or steamer.

3 – Fake It

If you don’t want to commit to a new hair style such as bangs, colors, pixie cuts, etc then fake it. Wear a synthetic wig or wear clips ins to resemble the cut you like or the color you want to have. This allows you to sport the new hairstyle to see if it fits you.

4 – Wash Your Hair With Filtered Water

Your hair naturally flourishes in filtered water. The water is free from chemicals thus can penetrate the hair shaft better. Also, the hair shaft and scalp isn’t being covered in chemicals that will impair its health.

5 – Use A Dryer Sheet

Experiencing Static? On rare occasions our hair will be experiencing static. In order to get shift of it, swipe your hair with a dryer sheet and it’s all gone.

6 – Use Black Soap To Cleanse Your Hair

This is a traditional soap used in West African that is made from Shea butter, and plant ash. It helps with scalp disorders, it’s gentle on the scalp, and cleanses the hair of all dirt and debris.

7 – Spray Your Bobby Pins with Hairspray

Sometimes you use your bobby pins in your hair and then don’t stay. So, spray the pin, and the area where the pin is placed with the hairspray so that it stays in place all day.

8 – Wear A Pony Tail

When all your hairstyles fail, wear a ponytail. It is a classic and chic hairstyle that goes well with any outfit. And if you don’t have enough hair, fake it with a drawstring ponytail. You will be able to achieve the length you want and still look presentable.

Start using these Hair Secrets for flawless hair today

Help with Hair Edge Loss

Are you looking for a permanent solution to edge loss? Dr. John Frank is an expert in helping black women restore their own natural-looking edges regardless of their current condition. Schedule a free online or in-person consultation, or learn more at the doctor’s website.

Hairstyles that Cause Hair Loss in African American Women

Hairstyles that Cause Hair Loss in African American Women

Black Women are Losing Their Hair

It may not be something that people want to talk about, but it is happening more and more. Why? There are several reasons why this phenomenon is occurring to Black women more than other races and it is based on the way that the hair itself is treated as opposed to biological makeup of the hair itself. It is true that the tight curl pattern of African American hair makes it less durable than other hair types, but that alone is not the culprit. Hair styling techniques are more intrinsically involved in the degradation of the hair growth and permanent hair loss in African American women.

Here are some of the techniques that place undue stress on the hair and can cause it to break or fall out from the root:

Hairstyles that Cause Hair Loss in African American WomenLye-based Relaxers – Thee products straighten hair by breaking down the hair fibers. Using relaxers on hair means that a chemical is being applied to alter it and that, in and of itself, weakens the hair. If the correct time limit to leave the chemical on is not adhered to or if the relaxer is reapplied sooner than it should be, the hair and scalp may be permanently damaged.

Excessive Heat – After relaxing, hair is typically curled and styled – a routine that is repeated several times a week. Applying heat from a curling iron or blow dryer dries out the hair and saps it of the natural oils the scalp produces to keep hair healthy. The heat can break the hair off or cause it to become brittle.

Tight Braids – Many African American women start getting braids and extension at an early age. It is a hairstyle that is synonymous with summertime because it allows kids to play, swim, and sleep without worrying about getting their hair done. While the style may be attractive on children and adults alike, braiding pulls the hair shaft away from the temples and surrounding hairline in such a tight fashion that, over time, it pulls the hair out and causes traction Alopecia. If extensions are added to the equation, the braided hair is that much heavier, pulling the root at an accelerated rate.

Weaves – African American women all over the world enjoy adding length to their hair in the form of weaves. These pieces can be braided, glued, or sewn into the hair. Using too much hair adds weight to the natural follicle. That extra weight pulls on the root and, over time, can cause damage.

Keeping the same hairstyle (Braids, Extensions, and Weaves) – Many women like to stick with what works. After all, once a style is proven to suit a person, it can be difficult to convince them to change things. But not rotating hairstyles can cause damage over time. If the same spot is consistently feeling tension from tight braiding, inflammation will occur and the hair will be pulled away over time.

So What Can Be Done?

In short, giving hair a break is the solution. That doesn’t mean that braids can’t be worn, but it does mean that hair should be rested in between braiding. Wearing a continuous style is one of the main causes for hair loss, so change things up by going natural for a while in between. You can also add wigs and pony tail attachments to create a versatile in between look. It is recommended that you let your hair relax for at least two weeks.

If you wear a wear, be sure to care for the hair underneath providing, all of the oil and nutrients it needs and ensuring the weave is not secured too tightly. Also, use real hair over synthetic hair. Synthetic hair can sap the nutrients and make your hair brittle. Don’t glue weaves in and be sure that the natural hair is conditioned before the braiding or weaving occurs.

Interested in More Information About Your African-American Hair?

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Preparing Your Textured Hair For Gorgeous Braids

Preparing Your Textured Hair For Gorgeous Braids

Everyone wants beautiful, healthy hair. For many women it can be hard to attain without causing massive damage. Braids offer a gorgeous crowning touch to your appearance but, without properly preparing and fortifying your hair, they also cause damage. Did you know that one of the common causes for hair loss in Black women is traction alopecia? Traction alopecia is hair loss as the result of stress on the hair – often from being pulled too tight or not properly fortified prior to adding heavy braids. This type of hair loss can be permanent. While some light loss might be counteracted with a lot of care and more relaxed hair styles, severe alopecia can often only be reversed through medical intervention.

Every Day Hair Care for the Black Woman

We have a specific type of hair and that means very precise needs should be met before adding massive amounts of products and chemicals. Natural black hair without any processing can be far stronger than hair that’s withstood many treatments, but it’s still vulnerable to breakage simply because the texture has curl and kink. Think of each strand like a tiny thread – any place that the thread is bent or looped can fray with friction and be susceptible to breaking. The same is true for your hair.

Your hair needs a number of things to stay its healthiest – moisture being key. Products you use on your hair should list water as the top ingredient, no form of grease will keep hair as healthy as proper moisture. Without proper hydration, black hair will weaken and break off far more easily. So, if you’re not using a product with water, you should be using water itself. While hair should be kept clean, many shampoos are damaging to your hair because they will strip it of moisture. Alternative solutions might include no sulfate shampoos or mud washes.

Gorgeous Braids are Still Possible

The fact that you need to be more diligent with your hair care doesn’t mean that the style you crave is out of the question. Before having braids done, though, you want to make sure that your hair is at its absolute healthiest. You might consider doing one, or several, protein treatments to strengthen hair before styling it in braids. Protein treatments can enhance your hairs shine and better improve each individual shaft to better prevent breakage. You also want to make sure your hair and scalp are issue free before styling in braids. If you, for instance, have dry scalp or dandruff issues, you’ll want to address those before styling in braids.

Interested in More Information About Your African-American Hair?

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The Causes of Hair Loss in African American Women

The Causes of Hair Loss in African American Women

Hair loss is a major cause for concern among African American women and much of the issues related to hair loss are unique to the community of black women. While there are medical conditions that can result in hair loss and baldness be it permanent or otherwise, the leading causes of hair loss among African American women are related to hair care practices and styling techniques prevalent in the African American community. Women of other races may speak of messy buns and bed head. African American styles tend to be more sleek, neat and tight which is what is costing their strands to break.

Central Centrifugal Cicatricial AlopeciaRelaxing

Relaxing is a very common practice among black women and though the natural hair community has been growing, relaxing black hair is still the norm. Relaxers weaken the hair because it breaks the bonds within the hair shaft and destroys the hair proteins in the process. Over time relaxers can weaken the hair significantly leading to breakage and hair loss. Relaxers may also burn the scalp resulting in immediate permanent damage or damage that occurs much more slowly over time, also resulting in loss of hair and baldness. Relaxers may contribute to hair loss but often times it is only a part of the problem as other practices are utilized in the styling of the already weakened relaxed hair to push it over the breaking point.

Heat styling

Heat styling appliances such as hot combs, curling irons and flat irons are widely used in the African American community. By themselves, these appliances can lead to breakage even when heat protecting serums are used. Add heat to relaxed hair or dry color treated hair and again you compound the problem or at least increase the odds of breakage, hair loss and baldness. It is basically a matter of attacking the hair on multiple fronts until surrender and in this case breakage results.

Coloring/Dying

Coloring the hair can leave it so dry and so brittle that breakage is inevitable if steps are not taken to prevent the excessive loss of moisture during the process. Once hair has been dyed a consistent approach much be taken to maintaining a healthy level of moisture in the hair so that dull, brittle, dry hair that breaks does not result. Without proper hair care, dyed hair will break and hair loss will occur.

Using Hair Gels

For years hair gels contained protein and alcohol which individually can lead to hair loss but when combined are almost certainly a recipe for disaster. Alcohol is drying to hair and dry hair breaks. Excess protein in the hair makes it brittle which also leads to breakage. The hairline or edges as they are commonly called are the areas most susceptible to damage and usually the first to show the signs of stress. It is important to note that even alcohol and protein free gels can result in breakage. This is because the hairline consists of hair that is fine and delicate and in many cases even the tiniest amount of stress can cause it to break.

Tight Styling

African American women tend to wear ponytails, braids, wigs and weaves, and often times these are done far more tightly than is it should be. Pulling the hair too tightly results in the hair being ripped from the follicle and can result in permanent damage to the follicle such that hair never grows from it again.

The Problem with Wigs and Weaves

Wigs and weaves are popular among black women. When used correctly they can offer the opportunity to try a new look or just give your own hair a break. Unfortunately, many women experience hair loss and baldness because of these styling options. Wigs and weaves hide the signs of hair loss so one can easily forget that you have an issue. As a result, hair loss to become more severe. Click here for information about weaves and hair loss.
African American women must be mindful of the things they are doing to their hair and take steps to prevent problems from occurring. Extending the time between relaxers, reducing the stress and tension of hairstyles and ensuring that hair has the proper balance of protein and moisture to minimize breakage are just some of the things we can do to fight hair loss. If ever you notice hair loss the best thing to do is to see your dermatologist.

Restoring Black Hair

If damage is so severe, you may also benefit from looking into other options such as hair restoration.  I encourage you to come into our office where we specialize in restoring edges for black women, as well as other African American hair loss treatments specifically designed for Afro-textured hair that has suffered from over styling damage.

To learn more about restoring African-American hair or for a free consultation or call Dr. Frank Toll-Free for more information at (877) 751-4246.

Hair Shaming: The Emotional Effect of Hair Loss in Black Girls

Hair Shaming: The Emotional Effect of Hair Loss in Black Girls

Recently, I watched NPR segment of Snap Judgment. In this particular episode titled “Beautiful”, the talented storyteller Sonya Renee shares her very personal story of Alopecia (hair loss) in a young black girl, which led to what she calls ‘Hair Shaming’ by her peers. She tells her audience that as a young nine year old child, her mother used to try and control her wild hair. It was a ritual that as she sat between her mother’s knees, her mother would pull her hair so tight into braids that she slowly developed traction alopecia.

Hair Shaming The Emotional Effect of Hair Loss in Black GirlsAt the end of this moving and at times, very painful story, Sonya takes off her wig to reveal a completely bald head. I highly encourage you to watch the full video here. This story made an impact on me for a couple of reasons:

  1. It is an inspiring story of one woman’s lifelong struggle with Alopecia
  2. Too many black women with hair loss suffer in silence because they don’t know surgical hair restoration for black women exists.

What is Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is hair loss caused by excessive tension on the hair shaft from pulling and styling. This type of permanent hair loss in black girls, men and women is more often seen in African Americans, although it can happen to anyone wearing a hair style that causes prolonged pulling on the root.

Afro-Textured Hair Loss Solutions

If you are wondering whether traction alopecia can be reversed, the answer is often is can be. To figure out if your hair loss is temporary or permanent, start with stopping wearing the hairstyles that pull your hair and see if the hair grows back. If you don’t see growth, seek an evaluation from a hair loss specialist, preferably someone knowledgeable about African American hair loss treatment.

In my office we evaluate a women’s hair loss and determine which hair loss treatment options are the best fit. This may include medication, laser treatment or surgical hair restoration.

Restore Natural Hair

Many women of color benefit dramatically from medical hair restoration. A relatively easy medical procedure, I take thick hair from the back and sides of the scalp and re-implant them into the edges. Depending upon your activity level, most woman receiving new edges find they are able to go back to work the very next day. Best of all, once healed, the new hair usually begins to show signs of regrowth in 3-6 months.

Restoring Edges For Black Women

If you are concerned the amount of hair loss you’re experiencing is not related to your pregnancy, talking to a hair loss specialist. I encourage you not to wait to find out more about the treatment options currently available for restoring edges for black women as well as other African-American hair loss treatments specifically designed for Afro-textured hair.

To find out more about restoring African-American hair or for a free consultation or call Dr. Frank Toll-Free for more information at (877) 751-4246.