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Excess Oil Plus Tight Hairstyles Equals Hair Loss
by Angela Santoriello
Dr. Milton Moore heard of Brittany Dever’s condition and immediately sought to help her fight folliculitis induced alopecia.
Dever lost her hair after a tightly sewn unprofessional weave led to a severe scalp infection. The Texas dermatologist saw Dever’s story during a local ABC affiliate news clip and reached out to the local station to help Dever seek relief and restoration.
Needless to say, the doctor offered to help, and Dever said yes. Moore explained that the type of folliculitis induced alopecia, caused by pulling the hair follicle, is a common occurrence for women who wear weaves.
WebMD reports that “while there are many forms of scarring alopecia, the common theme is a potentially permanent and irreversible destruction of the hair follicles and their replacement with scar tissue.”
Confirming the popular medical website’s diagnosis, Moore said after long-term destruction, “we cannot get the hair to grow back because it does not exist.”
Two other forms of alopecia, caused by over-processing and pomade application to the scalp, can cause discomforting hair loss. Less is more, according to the doctor, who recommends chemical processes every two months, not two weeks, and not overusing oils that will “drain down” to the follicle, making it harder for hair to grow.
African American women’s lifestyle website MadameNoire also suggests skimming down on excess oil to the scalp. According to the report, using too much hair butter, creams and oil is negative since “an overabundance or not washing them out after the fact can have an ill effect on even the healthiest heads.”
Along with causing alopecia from overuse of oils, running fingers through the scalp can wind up being a sticky situation.
“To avoid this, try testing a new product on a small patch of hair to get an idea for the consistency, then feel free to apply all over, starting with a little less and adding more as needed,” recommends MadameNoire, noting that the weekly use of sulfate-free shampoo can help strip the hair of unwanted oils.
To bring Dever’s ‘do back to life, Moore prescribed special shampoo, oral antibiotics and steroids. The cocktail treatment was a success, helping Dever’s hair slowly grow back.
“It kills bacteria at the surface of the skin and the scalp, and it conditions the hair at the same time,” said Moore.
Some other tips to keep hair on the head and not clumped up in the hair brush is to not over brush or switch up hairstyles too often, causing it to become “weak from over stimulation, tugging and pulling,” according to MadameNoire.
Alopecia caused from hairstyles can and should be addressed right away, said Moore, noting not doing so can cause irrevocable injury to the scalp. The doctor recommends that any patient who begins to feel tightness, swelling and blood or pus from the scalp should contact a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.
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