Weave and braids hairstyles

Weave and braids hairstyles

Women who are already losing their hair are more likely to favor these styles as they help disguise the loss, researchers said.Women who are already losing their hair are more likely to favor these styles as they help disguise the loss, researchers said.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Braids, weaves, and other so-called traction hairstyles that tug at scalp were studied
  • Study identified central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, or "hot comb alopecia"
  • Hot combs actually have nothing to do with the disorder
  • Women with the condition were more likely to have diabetes

- Weaves and braids may contribute to a type of permanent hair loss that appears to be common among black women, a new study has found.

More than one-quarter of the 326 black women who participated in the study had hair loss on the top of their scalp, and of those women, 59 percent had signs of central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, or CCCA, a poorly understood form of baldness that begins at the crown of the head and leads to scarring.

For many years, CCCA was known as "hot comb alopecia" because it was attributed to the use of hot combs to straighten curly hair. That appears to be a misnomer. Neither hot comb treatments nor chemical relaxers, which were used by more than 90 percent of the study participants, were linked with CCCA in the study, but braids, weaves, and other so-called traction hairstyles that tug at the scalp were.

Black women often maintain these styles for long periods of time, and the stress they exert on the scalp can lead to the development of pus-filled bumps, says the lead researcher, Angela Kyei, M.D., a dermatologist and chief resident at the Cleveland Clinic's Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute. "Over time, these bumps can develop bacteria" that can lead to scarring, she explains.

Making matters worse, women who are already losing their hair are more likely to favor these hairstyles because they help disguise thinning hair, the study notes.

Black women should consider refraining from using these hairstyles on young children, and they need to think about the consequences for themselves, Kyei says. "If you start to notice this type of hair loss, get evaluated early, " she urges.

The average age of the women with CCCA was 58. The condition often presents itself when women are in their 40s, but it's sometimes seen in women as young as their 20s and 30s.

It's not clear from the study that these hairstyles are solely responsible for CCCA, however. Women with the condition tended to have balding maternal grandfathers, and they were also more likely to have diabetes. While only 8 percent of the women overall had type 2 diabetes, 18 percent of those with CCCA did?a "surprising finding, " Kyei says.

Dermatologist Andrew F. Alexis, M.D., the director of the Skin of Color Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, in New York City, says that more research is needed to confirm a link between CCCA and diabetes. "However, it does suggest that it may be useful for dermatologists to ask their CCCA patients about diabetes and refer them to their primary care physicians for annual screening, " he says.


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Q&A

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How do you do the braids in the front and curly weave in the back hairstyle?

Sew in how do you cover tracks how do you do the hairstyle period?????????

you take half your hair up and half down. Keep the half down tied down. The half up needs to be sectioned off and parted. you take each small parted section and braid (cornrow) it back till the scalp ends, then tie that hair with a tiny rubber band (clear)and continue doing so until each mini section is completed. Then you take the large section that's down and brush it up in the back to make a high pony tail. Make sure its tight & neat and add the minin sections too. Make a tight bun.
Now add the weave wrapping it around the bun and open pin(bobby pins that are loose) keep pining it…