Slay Queen; Your Wig Might Be The Reason Why You Have Hairline Issues
Not every Black woman rocking a wig or weave is wearing it just because she’s in the mood for something new – many suffer from such severe hair loss and balding that they have no choice but to hide it.
When a black women start having hairline issues or balding in patches it is often assumed that wearing too many wigs or weaves is the culprit, but there are medical conditions like Folliculitis Induced Alopecia that can also be to blame. This condition occurs when bacteria go down into the scalp, causes inflammation of the hair follicles, destroys them and makes it difficult for hair to grow back. Houston-based dermatologist Dr. Milton Moore in an interview he did with Essence Magazine mentioned that many of his clients are silently going bald, hiding it from their loved ones and just covering it up with weaves or wigs because they fear there’s nothing more that they can do.
But taking the time to see a dermatologist can help. Dr. Milton suggests seeing a dermatologist who understands exactly how to treat this type of alopecia in Black women, as many just don’t know how to manage it. Because if not treated on time, a certain amount of the hair loss might be permanent if not treated before the follicle is replaced with scar tissue.
Now one thing that most black women don’t understand is that wearing wigs/weaves can do more damage than just mask the problem. Weaves are the biggest problem because they cause traction on the hair and inflammation of the root of the follicle. Tenderness is a sign that there is inflammation and possible infection. Wigs raise the temperature of the scalp, and if there is an underlying problem, it can add to the low-grade bacterial infection. There is also a problem with demodex folliculorum, which is a natural mite contaminant in the scalp but can proliferate and induce inflammation. Anti bacterial topical agents can reduce the colony. There is also sometimes a problem with a proliferation of pityrosporum ovale, which is also a resident micro flora of the piloserbaceous hair unit.
This is a preventable and treatable condition when properly addressed early on.