Suffering from hair loss is not uncommon for women, roughly 50% of women will suffer from hair loss at some point during their lifetime. Female Pattern Baldness, is the most common form of hair loss for women in general, however, the most common types of hair loss conditions experienced by people with afro hair types are Traction Alopecia and Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia. The unfortunate fact about the Alopecia's (Traction Alopecia and Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia) which afflict people with Afro hair types, is that these hair loss conditions are self inflicted; caused as a consequence of the styling techniques and hair care regimes that are followed, whereas Female Pattern Baldness an androgenic hair loss (hereditary and hormonal).
Afro hair is truly unique, our coils and curls are splendid, but if mistreated, over time, afro hair can become dry, brittle and prone to breakage and hair loss. If you have afro hair and are suffering from hair loss, such as balding, bald patches or a receding hair line, you probably want to seek effective treatment to restore hair growth but don’t know where to start. This article will set out a number of simple things you can do to treat hair loss if you have afro hair.
Hair Loss Treatment for Afro Hair Types
- Invest in a good Conditioner
If you have afro hair and are suffering from hair breakage, the first thing you should do is invest in a good hair conditioner, this is because hair conditioners help to flatten the raised hair cuticles which are a by product of tightly coiled hair. Each strand of afro hair has an intense coil or curl which means the hair cuticles will always be slightly raised.
Raised cuticles are the norm for curly hair types, this is because cuticles cannot lay flat along a curved hair shaft. Cuticles are designed to protect the hair shaft whilst also locking in moisture which keeps hair strands healthy and hydrated. Raised cuticles allows moisture to escape from the hair shaft, which is why people with afro hair types often complain of hair feeling dry. Raised cuticles also give afro hair a coarse texture, making hair brittle and more prone to breakage and loss because the hair shaft is not completely protected as a result of the cuticles being slightly lifted. Raised cuticles can also cause hair breakage, because if the cuticles are not flattened the hair shaft which is not as protected as it should be can fray, as can the cuticle, potentially resulting in hair breakage. A good hair conditioner, used at least once or twice or week can prevent afro hair loss.
* Keep Hair Hydrated
Your hair is made of dead matter – similar to a plant or tree, so it’s important that you keep your afro hair hydrated to treat hair loss or breakage. One way to keep your afro hair hydrated is by washing your hair frequently. Find out how frequently you should wash your afro hair by clicking here.
- Maintain high protein intake
Your hair is made of keratin, which is a mixture of oxygen and protein. That means it is important to maintain high levels of protein for your body functions to be able to create hair.
- Avoid hairstyles that trigger hair loss
- Hair loss treatment for afro hair types
ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Shampoo and Lotion is the UK’s most effective hair loss treatment for afro hair types. The shampoo is made with natural extracts of Rosemary and Nettle and should be used at least once a week. Rosemary has natural anti-bacterial and antiseptic qualities which treats itchy and damaged scalp (a cause of hair loss) and dandruff. Nettle is rich in vitamins A, B and C and protein, which nourishes hair. The Lotion, which should be applied to the scalp after shampooing, contains the patented Si MATRIX PF which purifies the scalp to create a healthy environment in which hair can grow whilst accelerating peripheral micro circulation and revitalising hair follicles. This stimulates hair regrowth on affected areas, whilst making hair thicker and stronger. Find out more, click here.