|Determined to find answers, Cleveland Clinic doctors are taking part in a new national study to determine the cause and solution for premature hair loss in African American women. (watch the video)
|Women living with alopecia use comb-over techniques, hair weaves and wigs to disguise the problem. In fact, few seek treatment or admit to their partners or close friends and family that they suffer from hair loss. “Some stylists even cover up hair loss patches without talking to their clients about it,” says Tippi Shorter, celebrity hair stylist and Pantene Relaxed & Natural spokesperson. “There is so much education still needed at the salon level to help stylists better identify early signs of alopecia, understand what really causes it and have productive conversations with clients about how they can seek treatment.”
While currently there is little definitive research on either a cause or cure for hair loss or Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCC Alopecia) experts agree that it is nobody’s fault. Despite myths to the contrary, there’s no definitive evidence that CCC Alopecia is a result of any one thing, like over styling, repeated processing, stress, excess heat, tight braids or cotton scarves. In fact, early studies reveal that hair loss and CCC Alopecia in particular may be the result of several combined factors. We trust our study will provide more helpful information and direction in early identification and potential treatment of hair loss.
If you’re concerned about hair loss, you’re not alone, 51% of all African American women cite thinning hair and hair loss as their top hair problem. Good news! The right hairstylist and/or dermatologist can be a trusted partner in finding hair care/styling solutions. Don’t be afraid to seek out expert advice:
If you have a serious concern about hair loss, one place I know of that specializes in all areas of hair loss and hair loss solutions is The Hair Club for Men and Women. They are private and they also have locations nationwide.