Thinning Black Hair, What To Do When Your Afro Hair Starts Breaking Off
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Should You See A Doctor If Your Crown Or Edges Start Thinning And Breaking Off?
We’d recommend you see a hairdresser first. Go to a salon, or invite an experienced stylist to your home. Let them see your hair, and let them know how you’ve been styling it, and when you began to notice the hair loss. It might be a very obvious case of traction alopecia. That will help you to be clear that the way you style your hair has to change.
Next, go see your general practitioner. He or she will be able to look into your medical history and see if there are any clues for the hair loss there. They’ll also check up on your medications, to see if hair loss is a side effect. They may choose to run tests, to find out what’s at the root of the problem.
Depending on what they find, they are likely to recommend you go see another professional, and make a referral.
Who Treats Thinning Black Hair?
Your doctor may make a referral to another professional. If not, and you’re not satisfied, you can go direct to a number of different professionals, to find out their opinions on your hair loss and the causes behind it.
For example, you might choose to see a trichologist first. Though a trichologist isn’t a doctor and can’t provide medication, they are experts when it comes to the scalp and hair follicles. They will find out about your lifestyle, and can recommend diet, exercise and lifestyle changes to help reverse the effects of your hair thinning. They may also recommend natural remedies.
You may also choose to see a dermatologist. They are experts on the skin, so if you have a scalp infection of any kind, they’ll get to the bottom of it. They also understand a lot about hair, and can identify weaknesses in your hair that may be contributing to the hair loss. Some dermatologists specialize in hair loss and thinning. You’d be advised to seek one of these out, as they’re experts and can prescribe medication and treatment options to help your hair grow back.
An endocrinologist is another professional you may want to go visit. They are hormone experts and can diagnose any hormonal imbalances that could be causing your hair thinning. Many people find their hair thins because of the overproduction of the DHT hormone (dihydrotestosterone). An endocrinologist can help to recognize and treat this.
You may also want to see a nutritionist. Sometimes hair loss is caused by having insufficient nutrients in our bodies. A nutritionist will work to understand your diet to find out if you’re missing any key minerals and vitamins. They can let you know if you need to be taking supplements or eating different kinds of food, in order to see your hair grow back.
Working together with these professionals, you’re sure to discover the causes behind your hair thinning, and have a plan to be able to get it to grow back.
How To Thicken And Grow Afro Hair
Alongside seeing professionals and taking their advice, there are things you can do at home or in the salon to help. These include:
- Avoiding braids and other styles that put tension on the hair
- Massaging the area of hair thinning in order to stimulate the blood flow to the area
- Using conditioning and hot oil treatments to nourish the hair and scalp
- Taking a daily multivitamin
The Best Hairstyles For Thinning Natural Or Relaxed Hair
Many hairstylists advise getting a shorter cut if you have thinning hair. You could go for a very short cut like Lupita Nyong’o, for example. If you have relaxed hair, a blunt short bob can make hair look much thicker than it is. If you decide to keep your hair a bit longer, experimenting with your part placement can help give the impression of volume.
If you feel like having long hair, we’d recommend wigs over weaves. Weaves can cause pressure on the hair, whereas wigs don’t. Wrap your hair and secure it under a wig cap, ideally a satin one. Then use a lace or regular wig to switch up your style while protecting your hair underneath.