By Ronita “RaDiva” Stanford”
Today as many women continue to embrace their natural hair, I see more and more women who areexperiencing severe hair loss, breakage, shedding, excessive damage or low to extreme baldness.
As they all may have a different issues they share the same common issue: the time length. Most clients wait a lengthy amount of time to get help, and often times resulting in severe to permanent damage. It is highly recommended to seek professional help at the onset of a problem. Yet there are a number of women and even men that are experiencing hair loss.
One way to help your hair issues is to understand the difference of mechanical and chemical hair structual damage and the known possible causes of hair loss not associated or due to medical problems.
Hair is defined as a “keratinized threadlike outgrowth from the skin of mammals”. It is developed within the hair follicle as a thin flexible shaft of hardened cells. The three main structures of hair are the cuticle which is the protective layer of the cortex, the cortex where all major chemical changes takes place, and the medulla. When the cuticle is exposed to any structural damage the hair can become compromised.
Chemical damage to the hair is caused by: relaxers, perms, color, gels, bonding and hair bleaches. Mechanical damage to the hair is caused by: tight braids, rubber bands, hot styling tools, excessive brushing and combing the hair. Sunlight (UVs) and chemical processes effects the cuticle in terms can lead to damage. It can also weaken the cortex of the hair by breaking some of the strong disulphide bonds. As hair loss continue to be the prominent condition that most hair care professionals see and one of the main diagnoses is stress. But their can be a many of different causes. It can be due to genetic factors, local and systemic diseases, drugs, or nutritional deficiencies.
Even children whom are subjected to these styling services too soon or too often can also lead to permanent hair damage or loss. As some experts conclude, the misuse of chemicals, excessive heat application, bonding glues and tight weaves can cause or causes hair and scalp disorder.
Probable causes for excessive hair loss: Drugs, dental caries, tonsillitis, anemia, swallowing excessive mouthwash, fungal infections, improper diet, excessive x-ray exposure, postpartum hormonal changes, birth control methods, iron deficiency, scalp injury, high fever, syphillis, chemotherapy, diabetes, hair teasing, braiding, weaving, hot styling tools, thyroid imbalance, poor nutrition absorption, tight pony tails, traction, cancer, chemicals, vitamin deficiency, and medication.
Hair loss is not limited to the above mentioned but they may be used as a guide to narrow down the causes for investigation.
This has been another “This Is Me, Natural Hair & Health Moment by Ronita “RaDiva” Stanford
“This is Me, Naturally Beautiful & Loving It”
Licensed NHC Specialist, Cosmetologist, Trichologist & Licensed NH Teacher
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