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Alopecia Areata Causes in Black Women

Alopecia Areata causes in black women is the same as any other ethnicity. Alopecia is the medical term for baldness and the type (Areata) is an auto immune disease that causes hair to fall out. It cannot be cured but can be treated with drugs like Rogaine.

Often African American women experience the loss of their thirsty roots but it has nothing to do with Alopecia Areata. Many times the symptoms are short term and due to stress, disease, pregnancy, medication or hair breakage from damaged hair.

Other types of hair loss in women

Androgenetic Alopecia
Telogen Effluvium
Anagen Effluvium

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  • I have scarring alopecia. I am having a difficult time finding things to do with my hair. As a result, I wear wigs. These wigs make me look very nice but I feel I am restricted to just wigs since I have alopecia in the crown of my head. Having scarring alopecia can be very challenging.

  • I have been natural for about a year I did the big chop in June of 2012. In November I had my hair flat iron just to see what would happen. Well the problem with that is my hair had been straight since. I cannot get my Afro back. Parts of my hair is straight and parts of it is kinky. What on earth has hsppen to my hair and what can I do?

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