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Dr. Boyce Watkins; Black Women’s Hair Falling Out Due to Braids and Weaves…

April 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Opinion, Sista Talk, Weekly Columns

(ThyBlackMan.com) Over one-fourth of 326 black women to participate in a study on hair loss were found to have lost hair on the top of their scalp. Additionally, 59 percent of the study’s participants showed signs of central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, otherwise known as CCCA. CCCA is a form of baldness that starts at the crown of the head and causes scarring.

For years, many people thought that alopecia was caused by hot combs. Actually, it is caused by braids, weaves and other hairstyles. According    to the study, it was determined that having these hairstyles for long periods of time leads to the creation of pus-filled bumps. According to Angela Kyei, M.D., the lead researcher in the study, the bumps can “develop bacteria,” causing scarring.

Women who are already balding tend to favor these hairstyles, since they are the best for hiding balding. The problem is that these hairstyles worsen the problem. They recommend that young children should not have these hairstyles and that women who are experiencing balding should get evaluated immediately. 

There is almost nothing more important than a black woman’s hair.  Many women spend money they don’t have and run back and forth to the hair salon as if their lives depended on it.   The obsession with hair is interesting and traditional, but perhaps deserves a bit of rethinking.  Given that the black hair care industry is 98% controlled by people who are not African American, we may need to find better uses for our money anyway. 

Staff  Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins 

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  For more information, please visit http://BoyceWatkins.com.

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3 Responses to “Dr. Boyce Watkins; Black Women’s Hair Falling Out Due to Braids and Weaves…”
  1. toomanygrandkids says:

    Black women have had problems with hair care long before weaves and extensions became popular. Back when I was a teenager it was considered taboo for black girls to even have neatly combed hair let alone a nice texture. Dumb ass female adults considered well kept hair as “trying to be white.” The real deal is that lazy-ass-always-running-the-streets females aare at fault for not taking care of their daughters’ hair. I also realized that black women who wear fake hair refuse to care for their own hair and thst leads to tremendous damage.

  2. John says:

    We would be very curious Dr. Watkins to know if you ever dated a dark skinned woman with natural hair, in other words an afro.

  3. JC says:

    Black women’s hair is a billion dollar a year business. Most of that money leaves the black community and ends up in Asian owned bank accounts. Sometimes I just wonder, do black folks really I mean REALLY take time to think about what they’re doing and the effects of their actions?

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