Causes of Hair Loss for Black Men


causes of hair loss for black men

Hair loss is an extremely sensitive subject for men. It takes a lot of courage to acknowledge that you have a hair loss problem and further bravery to seek out treatment and advice.

The most common cause of hair loss for black men, is Male Pattern Baldness, an endogenous alopecia which is hereditary and therefore considered unavoidable, but treatable. If you think you are suffering from Male Pattern Baldness, because you are exhibiting symptoms such as hair thinning at your temples or balding, click here for advice and treatment, otherwise keep reading, because for black men, the causes of hair loss goes beyond the scope of Male Pattern Baldness

A lot of hair styling practices followed by men with afro hair types, such as dreadlocks, braids or cornrows, can potentially trigger hair loss. Many black men with afro hair types are oblivious to the fact that some of their hair styling choices are causing hair loss. The good news is hair loss caused by hair styling techniques is preventable and treatable because it is not hereditary or hormonal.

One of the Most Common Causes of Hair Loss for Black Men Is Choosing to Wear Dreadlocks 

Dreadlocks have both religious and cultural significance for African American and Caribbean men. For black men, wearing this hair style can be considered a symbol of strength and rebellion against European colonialism. However, behind the symbolism and beauty of dreadlocks lay the unfortunate reality that locs are one of the most common causes of hair loss for black men outside of Male Pattern Baldness. Dreadlocks can trigger hair loss conditions such as Traction Alopecia and Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia.

How Do Dreadlocks Cause Traction Alopecia for Black Men?

Traction Alopecia causes gradual hair loss over time, primarily caused by consistent hair pulling and addition weight being applied to hair repetitively, over a sustained period. The hair loss is initially discrete but has the potential to become severe and painfully visible if not treated and if hair styling practices aren’t adjusted. Men who wear dreadlocks, especially long locs, suffer from Traction Alopecia because the weight of the bonded hair puts strain and pressure of the hair bulb and scalp. 

Also, because Afro hair is kinky the cuticles do not lay flat because of the curved nature of the shaft. Dreadlocks defy the natural curls/kink of afro hair through the processes of locking and re-twisting, which involves pulling and tugging, potentially causing the hair bulb to gradually separate from the hair follicle over a period of time causing sustained hair loss and hair thinning.

Repetitive and sustained pulling of your hair through re-twisting causes tension around the hair follicles which can result in inflammation which can cause scarring around the scalp and permanent hair loss or balding. If you have dreadlocks and are suffering from hair loss, click here for more tips on prevention treatment.

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I Have Dreadlocks and Think I’m Suffering from Traction Alopecia – What Should I Do?

If you have dreadlocks, one way to stop the symptoms of Traction Alopecia is to reduce the length of the locs to mitigate the impact of stress on the hair bulb and scalp, in addition to undergoing treatment to restore hair growth. Leaving hair loss untreated can result in permanent hair loss, which is why it is advisable to seek treatment as soon as possible. ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Shampoo and Lotion is effective at reducing hair loss and restoring hair growth for people who wear dreadlocks. Click here to find out how it works. If hair loss is extreme, some people go as far as abandoning dreadlocks altogether, in addition to undergoing treatment. 

How Do Dreadlocks Cause Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia?

Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia is a hair loss condition that only effects people with afro hair types. Triggers of Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia are either internal, i.e hormonal, or external i.e hair styling/care practices. Dreadlocks can be categorised as an external cause of Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia. The contributing factors of the weight of the locs, combined with scalp sensitivity to the gels and pomades used to loc and re-twist locs can trigger Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia. Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia usually starts with gradual hair loss in the 'Center' of the scalp which then spreads outwards, which refers to the 'Centrifugal' element of the Alopecia. The scalp then becomes shiny as the follicular opening of the scalp closes and scars, which reflects the 'Cicatricial' component of the hair loss condition. Other symptoms of Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia include tenderness of the scalp, itching and burning. To learn more about Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia here

I Have Dreadlocks and Think I’m Suffering from Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia  – What Should I Do?

If you wear dreadlocks and identify with the symptoms of Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia and want to stop hair loss from spreading or becoming permanent, it is advisable to style hair naturally. This averts unnecessary pressure from being placed on the scalp, which aggravate the condition. If you find the idea of not wearing dreadlocks traumatic then reducing the length of your locs is an alternative. Seeking treatment, such as ProTress, to stimulate hair growth and reduce hair loss is also recommended. Click here to learn more about how to maintain dreadlocks, preventing further hair loss and thinning.

Can Cornrows or Braids Cause Hair Loss for Black Men?

Braids and cornrows can cause Traction Alopecia and Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia for black men. Tight cornrows might look really slick and attractive but if done too frequently and too tightly they can trigger hair loss. If hair is pulled to tightly it puts strain on the scalp and hair bulb, possibly causing gradual hair loss. Hair pulled tightly can also cause inflammation and scaring. If you style your hair in braids or cornrows and are suffering from hair loss, it is recommended that you stop these styling techniques and undergo treatment such as ProTress to stimulate hair growth. ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Shampoo and Lotion revitalises hair follicles and reactivates micro circulation (the circulation of blood around the scalp) which improves and restores hair growth. Click here for more information.

What is Male Pattern Baldness?

Male Pattern Baldness is the most common type of hair loss for black men. Hair styling techniques are not the cause of this particular Alopecia. Male Pattern Baldness is a genetic hair loss condition that causes baldness, so if anyone in your family has this condition, you too are at risk. The symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness are a receding hair line, that is particularly prominent at the temples, resembling a distinctive ‘M’ shape and/or balding in the center of your scalp.

What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?

Male Pattern Baldness is caused when hair follicles become minimised because of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a dominant hormone for men.

shrinking hair follicle as a result of DHT, causing Male Pattern Baldness

The reduction in the size of hair follicles makes hair thin and more prone to fall, resulting in balding. Learn more about this condition by clicking here.

causes of hair loss for black men

How Can I Prevent Male Pattern Baldness?

If you are suffering from Male Pattern Baldness and want to stop the hair loss, it is advisable that you seek treatment as soon as possible. The longer you leave Male Pattern Baldness untreated, the higher the risk of permanent hair loss. 

To prevent the spread of Male Pattern Baldness, the rate of hair loss must be reduced and hair growth activated, which can be achieved with ProTress.

ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Lotion contains the patented Si MATRIX PF which helps to reactivate the peripheral micro circulation (blood flow around the scalp), as well as increasing the supply of oxygen to and nutrients to the hair bulb and revitalises hair follicles, helping to extend the Anagen phase of the hair growth cycle (click here to learn more about the hair growth cycle), stimulating hair growth and preventing further hair loss.

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ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Lotion also contains revolutionary treatment for connective tissue recovery which helps to prevent the excessive shedding which happens when the hair is in an extended period of the Telogen stage, (when hair falls), as a result of the strong presence of DHT. ProTress prevents further hair loss and helps to maintain the hair that has not been lost to the attack of DHT.

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causes of hair loss for black men





  • Dear Jeremiah, Thank you for your inquiry. You can purchase ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Shampoo and Lotion directly from our website; We ship to Nigeria. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions.

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  • How can I get it here in Nigeria I really need your help

  • Dear Juan,
    Thank you for your email. We are so pleased you have experienced hair regrowth with ProTress. This is delightful news!
    To answer each question in turn:
    1) Once you are satisfied with the results of using ProTress and stop using it at the intensity level you have been, your hair will remain intact and will not become damaged, as long as you do not re-engage in hair styling practices that cause Traction Alopecia. 
    2) We do recommend continued use of ProTress for maintenance, once a month, however, this is entirely to your discretion.
    If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
    Thank you for your custom and may your hair continue to thrive!
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  • First of all, this product lives up to the expectation. I used to wear dreadlocks so my edges are now restored. Will I need to continue to use this product. If I stop will my hair go back to the way it was.

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