Another Day, Another Study: Weaves And Braids Are Causes For Hair Loss In Black Women

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Very tight braiding or weaving is linked to a permanent type of hair loss that affects many African American women, new research suggests. While the findings can’t prove hair grooming is at the root of the problem, women might still want to take them into consideration, said Dr. Angela Kyei, who worked on the study.
“I won’t tell you not to braid your hair, but I don’t want you to braid it so tightly that you need to take pain medication,” said Kyei, of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Prolonged pulling at the hair strands may cause inflammation of the hair follicle, which has been shown to lead to scarring. In principle, that could lead to a type of balding that dermatologists call central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, or scarring hair loss. This type of balding starts at the top of the scalp and slowly spreads to the rest. It occurs only in black women. Because there is no treatment for it, Kyei decided to try to find out what is causing it instead. Observations from the 1960s had hinted it was related to hot-comb straightening, but little research has looked at other explanations.

Reseachers found that women with scarring hair loss were also more likely to have type 2 diabetes, to braid or weave their hair tightly, and to have bacterial scalp infections. The new study, published in the Archives of Dermatology, is based on health questionnaires and scalp examinations of 326 African American women. Nearly all of them straightened their curls chemically and about one in six had scarring hair loss. More than half the women with this condition said they had braids, weaves or hair extensions, as compared to only a third of those with less severe hair loss.

“This is just telling us there is a trend and we need to study it further,” said Kyei, adding that it doesn’t mean these hair styles are necessarily tied to balding, which could have other causes. “If there is any take-home message from this study, it is that hair grooming is not the only thing you should look at in these patients,” Kyei noted. “If you have hair loss — specifically if you have the central type of hair loss, which is permanent — you need to seek medical attention.”

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  • DubCgal

    I don’t think we needed a study to tell us that!

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  • if anything be noble

    I don’t get the diabetes connection. If you have scarring hair loss, you’re more likely to have diabetes?

  • ebonyblonde

    Hold up!! Braids helped my hair grow! So did sew ins!! Black women CAN have great hair. Just know what yu hav to do to take care of it. Everyone is different.

  • Brian Roberson

    Please go natural Black Women

    • rockness monster

      PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE!!! ASAP.

  • Wildcherry666

    Many of us sisters are getting our hair done by people who do not know what they are doing. A lot of us are not washing and conditioning our hair on a regular basis like we should. I also stopped using hair supplies that I grew up on and changed to Carol’s daughter. It really helped my hair grow tremendously and I haven’t put a perm in my hair in 5 years. Not everybody hair is the same so each is own. But chemicals and getting the hair braided and weaved all the time is a big no no.

  • Charlotte

    Well, duh

  • http://mrszamir08@gmail.com jco

    BLACK WOMEN ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL. NOBODY IS PRETTIER THAN BLACK GIRLS..SPANISH GIRLS GET MAD WHEN BLACK GIRLS ARE GETTING COMPLIMENTED ON THEIR GORGEOUS COMPLEXIONS:) WHITE GIRLS HAVE FAKE BREASTS AND FAKE BUTTS.. BLACK GIRLS AND WHITE GIRLS WEAR FAKE HAIR..THE BLACK GIRL IS ALWAYS THE PRETTIEST IN THE ROOM.. EVERYONE WISHES THEY WERE BLACK SO BAD LOL!

  • Janay

    Go natural

  • Meme

    That pic is disturbing, that’s if its real! As much money as that model makes, why didn’t she take care of her HAIR?? Her body is on point, she is still a model in demand. I guess she didn’t prioritize the maintenance of her hair, sad.

  • yeahso

    Note that nearly all of them had treated their hair chemically,which is a bad combination with straighteners(electrical) ONLY! Because every black woman I have observed tends to have great healthy hair if they keep it natural whilst braiding or weaving it to protect it from natural elements.however,we all different so #Ohwell

  • Tye

    not surprising. i know some black women who get fresh sew-ins every two weeks. all that strain and tension on your scalp can’t be good for the hair.

  • yeahso

    @lauren totally agree! My point exactly its either you relax it or you don’t .

  • I'm just sayin

    I agree that everyone’s hair is def different. However too much of anything just isnt good and over time your hair underneath all of that is screaming for help. Weaving and or wigs especially are the cause of many women/young girls with receding hair lines. Its really a shame.

  • udontknow

    oh my gawd

  • LornaGottaWeave

    THIS IS TRUE.

    BLACK WOMENS HAIR HAS THE ABILITY TO GROW LONG BUT WE mess IT UP

    My hair used to be past my shoulders all natural and I wore it in cainrows got them done every two-three weeks it was long and full.

    THEN I DISCOVERED WEAVES AND PERMS. within the last two years my hair has broke and cut so much i NEED a weave.

    Its odd I started using weave to test it out now my hair is so jacked up I NEED A WEAVE.

    Im living proof that a black woman can grow LONG healthy hair but lack of care EFFS IT UP!
    😦 NOW IM STUCK WITH BRAZILLIAN AND REMI WEAVE MISS MY LONG THICK HAIR😦

  • Koons Kuantity Kontrol

    You all got monkey hair

  • ghostwriter

    ouch! “slide slide slippity slide this girl don`t got no hair on the side”…

  • realwoman

    Glad I don’t wear that crap anymore! lol 7lady is right…our diet is SUPPOSED to be a little different. We need to eat like our ancestors and keep up with the greens and yams. It is a MYTH that ALL black people don’t eat well and only eat fried chicken and chinese food! lmaooo surround yourselves by some progressive Blacks and you will see!

  • Real Issh

    If someone has bad hair , they’re gonna have bad hair . That’s all it is . Genes & heredity .

  • realwoman

    Can someone explain what ‘bad hair’ is??? Is it like a toupe that robs people at gun point? lmao Viva la naps!

  • sc3

    This is informative I just started getting braids again. I will say everything in moderation. Getting cornrows makes my eyes go asian so I wait at least a week after taking them out to let my roots relax.

  • On Point

    I had braids in high school and my hair grow long and thick naturally, but then again the person who braided my hair did it loosely especially around the edges. Those who are losing their hair are probably perming it while braiding it and getting weaves/wigs.
    two years ago, still in college, i got a perm, cut my hair and got a toni braxton ‘love shoulda brought you home’ hair cut. Now i am growing it back out again, its been a year since my last perm, now my hair is as healthy as ever.

  • http://bossip.com gia

    REALLY!!! WOW as a black woman that’s been existing for many years and endures many studies telling us that every part of us down to the cellular level is worthless or inadequate, I never knew that too much weave, braids, and perm can cause hair loss ***super side eye***

  • BKGRL

    wow, everybody just needs to know how their hair works. if u like 2 braid, braid it loose, if u love weaves weave it loose enough n take it out early as u can, n relaxed girls, just keep putting protein n conditioners when u style, and u will b ok

  • ReALiSt

    Taking weaves and lacefronts away from black women is suicidal – 99% can’t survive without them…. You’ll risk that if you want the genocide of black women..

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