Ask the Experts: The Real Reason Your Hair Is Falling Out
It's no secret that sistas love rocking every hairstyle under the sun. But while our ever-changing tresses allow us to rock versatile 'dos, weaves, chemical processing and too-tight hairstyles are also causing premature hair loss at alarming rates. We sat down with Dr. Kari Williams, an expert in the study of hair and scalp disorders, to discover key causes of hair loss and breakage.
Scalp infections can be caused by braids that are too tight or result from excessive scratching of the scalp. When infections occur underneath braids or a sew-in, they often go unnoticed and are brushed off as just an itching scalp. “If you’re wearing weaves or braids for an extended period of time, you will get an accumulation of dirt and bacteria that sits on the scalp sometimes for more than two months. Even when you get it shampooed, you can’t cleanse the scalp thoroughly and you will start to scratch it which will create small open wounds. Bacteria will seep into these tiny openings and cause an infection. The infection will run it’s course and when that happens, it takes your hair with it,” says Dr. Williams.