As the summer season gets closer, it serves as the perfect time to start thinking about wearing protective hairstyles. But, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are urging Black women to think twice about wearing weaves and hair extensions. According to a recent report, Black women make up 1/3 of the women who suffering from Traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is the most common form of hair loss among black women, and it stems from wearing weaves, braids and hair extensions too tight. Researchers from the study are urging dermatologists to better educate themselves about these type of hairstyles so they can advise patients of not on the risks but alternatives.
“Hair is a cornerstone of self-esteem and identity for many people, but ironically, some hairstyles meant to improve our self-confidence actually lead to hair and scalp damage,” Crystal Aguh, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine share. “Traction alopecia,” she continues, “is entirely preventable, and early intervention can stop or reverse it. We have to do better as care providers to offer our patients proper guidance to keep them healthy from head to toe.”
What are your thoughts? Do you wear extensions and have you experienced hair loss?