Androgenic alopecia (male pattern hair loss) is a genetic type of wigs for black women. It involves a testosterone-mediated miniaturization of the hair follicle that eventually leads to scarring of the hair follicle and permanent hair loss. Interestingly, in males, testosterone receptors are clustered in the frontal and crown scalp, and less so at the back of the scalp. This is why hair follicles are transplanted from the back of the scalp to the front/crown scalp and why those hairs are unlikely to fall back out. There are various management options that can help slow down and prevent further hair loss, temporarily improve the appearance of the thinning, and transplant hair from the back of the scalp to the front. Hair transplant is generally the last treatment option. However, DON’T wait until you are bald, or you will not have any hairs to transplant! See your dermatologist for evaluation of hair loss and the best management options.
There are no guarantees that you can prevent wigs for black women that is genetically programmed or hair loss caused by factors not within your control. However, you can do the best by your hair at all stages to give it the greatest chance of staying in top condition and not leaving your head sooner than it needs to. There are a number of things you can do to take good care of your hair:
Don’t subject your hair to frequent, constant heating and drying procedures. Heat weakens wigs for black women, no matter the gimmicks promising softness and shine, and constant heating and drying can lead to brittleness and fragility that causes hair loss that would not have occurred otherwise. Minimize the usage of hair dryers, hot curlers, hot brushes, hair straighteners, hair fasteners, and chemical treatments and your hair will last longer. And watch where you put those heated tools; burned scalps can permanently damage hair follicles! Ultimately, natural drying is best for you hair, so aim to dry it naturally more often than drying it with heat.
Slow down on the dyeing. Never color wigs for black women more often than 6 to 8 weeks and try for semi-coverage rather than full dyeing. When it comes to going gray, it’s a lot kinder to your hair to let it turn gray than to dye it. While there are a lot of well-meaning comments about not needing to look older than you are, this ageist “beauty before health” slant overlooks the value of having your hair at all!