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  • Writer's pictureDeZell Mathews

6 Tips for Dealing with Thinning Hair: A Guide to Boosting Hair Health

Hey! So let me catch you up today of all days I took down my crochet style and accidentally cut 10 inches of my real hair, right in the center of my head, and on top of that I noticed my hair feeling thin. So I figure it was time to give my hair a 6-month plan to help restore my hair. Hopefully, this blog post can help you as well. So first let identify what is the professional term when hair begins to feel thin after braids... It's called TRACTION ALOPECIA, ouch! When I found out the term I did cry because why not.

So what is traction alopecia?

Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that occurs when hair is pulled too tightly for an extended period of time, leading to damage to the hair follicles. It is commonly seen in individuals who wear tight hairstyles, such as braids, weaves, or cornrows, and is especially prevalent among women who have natural hair texture. The constant pulling and tension on the hair can cause the hair to break and eventually lead to permanent hair loss if the hair follicles become damaged beyond repair. This can be a distressing condition for individuals who are experiencing it, as it can lead to noticeable hair thinning and bald patches in the affected areas.

My 6 monthly plan!

  1. Avoid tight hairstyles: First step I am deciding to stop wearing tight hairstyles that pull on my hair. This includes braids, weaves, and cornrows. So I am switching to looser hairstyles that put less strain on the hair, such as loose twists, and wrapping my hair. (Stay tuned for more hairstyles I create)

  2. Scalp massage: To improve blood flow, I am opting for daily hair massages to my hair follicles and promote hair growth. (Directions: Use your fingertips and gently massage the scalp in a circular motion for a few minutes each day.)

  3. Opting into natural hair care products only: I am avoiding harsh chemicals to my hair, such as certain ingredients, as they can further damage the hair and scalp.

  4. Taking my daily supplements: Taking supplements such as biotin, zinc, and iron can help promote hair growth and improve the overall health of your hair.

  5. Eating a balanced diet: A healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help to promote hair growth and improve hair health. Include plenty of protein, iron, and vitamins A, C, and E in your diet to support healthy hair growth.

  6. Avoid harsh styling practices: Yes, you heard me I am avoiding all heat styling tools such as curling irons and straighteners.

In cases where traction alopecia has already occurred, it's important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further hair loss. Treatment options may include topical treatments, hair transplantation, or other medical interventions, depending on the severity of the condition. If you must wear tight hairstyles, it's important to take breaks between styles and give your hair time to rest and recover.

If you are experiencing hair loss due to traction alopecia or are concerned about the risk of developing this condition, it's important to speak with a healthcare provider or hair care professional for guidance and support.

If I missed any tips feel free to leave a comment.

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