Black women's hair loss tied to braiding, weaving: study

Black women's hair loss tied to braiding, weaving: study

(Reuters) - Very tight braiding or weaving may be linked to a permanent type of hair loss that affects many African American women, according to a U.S. study.

Prolonged pulling at the hair strands may cause inflammation of the hair follicle, which has been showed to lead to scarring.

In principle, this could lead to scarring hair loss or central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, a type of balding that starts at the top of the scalp and then spreads slowly to the rest.

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Hair Braiding and Weaves May Contribute to Hair Loss, Study Says

Hair Braiding and Weaves May Contribute to Hair Loss, Study Says

April 11 (Bloomberg) -- Braids and weaves may contribute to hair loss in African American women, as the traction used to make the styles can cause swelling and scarring, a study said. 

Almost 60 percent of 310 women surveyed for the study had central hair loss with scarring, according to the report in the Archives of Dermatology. Among those with the most serious hair loss, 57 percent wore braids and weaves, the study by researchers from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio found.

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Braids, Weaves Raise Risk of Hair Loss

Braids, Weaves Raise Risk of Hair Loss

Some hairstyles, including tight braids and weaves, may increase the risk of developing an irreversible form of scarring hair loss, according to a new study in the Archives of Dermatology.

Seen predominately in African-American women, this type of hair loss, central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, centers on the vertex (crown) of the scalp and spreads peripherally.

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