After my own tresses began to fall out, I sought after black hair care tips for thinning hair. The available information mainly focused on regrowth. The problem: anyone with thinning hair understands that managing what’s left is a big concern too. So, dealing with the dynamics of thinning hair regardless of your race requires a comprehensive approach.
Black hair care tips for thinning hair:
- Find the root cause. Why is your hair thinning? Consider your family tree or recent changes in your body or habits. Age, stress, illness and medication affect hair growth. For me, it was the latter. A new birth control (Mirena IUD) altered my hormones leading to hair loss.
- Get rid of your weave. Traction alopecia, hair loss as a result of pulling, is common among weave wearers. A foundation for this popular hair style, cornrows, puts excessive stress on healthy hair. Adhesive used for attachment of a weave further complicates the process. Instead of sporting a weave, opt for a simpler hair style, one that’s either natural or less arduous on your scalp.
- Do not brush wet hair. I discovered this black hair care tip for thinning hair the hard way. One morning, following an aggressive brushing session to stimulate my scalp for hair growth, clumps of my tresses filled the brush. Alarmed, I consulted a beautician. She explained that a male or female’s hair is weakest when wet and more apt to break. For this reason, brushing should only be done to dry hair.
- Shampoo less often. This tip ties into the previous one. Wet hair is fragile and the steps necessary to style black hair – blow drying, flat ironing, braiding – usually result in some form of hair loss. Reduce this incident by shampooing less often. Keep tresses clean in-between washes by other methods such as running baking soda through your scalp with a cotton ball to absorb excess oil. See: Wash Your Hair Without Water.
- Attack the source. Stop hair loss and start regrowth of thick luscious hair by attacking the origins of your hair loss. Use hair care products that stunt the negative affects of DNA, adopt a more serene lifestyle or change medications. All of these steps are useful in rehabilitating thinning hair.
In conclusion, the above black hair care tips for thinning hair helped me. I switched birth control pills, took a break from relaxing my hair and after 30 days saw new sprouts popping up all over my scalp. The journey wasn’t easy, but today my hair is no longer thin and I give thanks to a few months of sacrifice.