A world problem that caused a slap.

When you hear about world problems, you might think of the problems the United Nations is trying to solve. Things like peace and security, poverty, education, etc.

Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash

However, I’m not here to talk about those. I’m here to talk about a problem so big that a comedian had to get hit for it.

This problem doesn’t mind if you have kinky hair, straight hair, wavy hair, or curly hair. It chooses everyone.

There is hardly any man or woman that has not experienced this problem at any point in their lives.

Even though it is more prevalent in older adults, anyone can experience it, including children.

What is this problem I’ve been talking about? It’s Alopecia!

What is Alopecia?

In simple terms, Alopecia means hair loss.

Wait! What about breakage and shedding? Where does alopecia fall under?

To clear this confusion, you must understand that hair breakage, shedding and alopecia are intertwined.

Alopecia is like the mother of breakage and shedding. So both terms come under alopecia.

Breakage is usually caused by external factors such as tight hairstyles, excessive use of heat tools, chemical damage from relaxers, mechanical damage from wrong combing, etc.

Shedding on the other hand is caused your hair growth cycle. It is caused by an internal factor. And it is normal.

It’s normal for you to lose an average of 80–100 strands in a day. What is not normal is when that shedding becomes excessive.

The hair loss we’ll examine in details is that which causes your hair to stop growing and not just break.

That means, your follicles will stop producing hair from inside.

There are different types of hair loss or alopecia. But we’ll consider a few of them.

  1. Traction Alopecia
  2. Alopecia Areata
  3. Androgenetic Alopecia (Pattern Hair Loss)
  4. Telogen Effluvium

Traction Alopecia
Traction Alopecia occurs when you repeatedly pull your hair follicles. This strain could cause injury and eventually leads to bald edges or bald spot. As you can see in the picture below, it usually occurs around your edges. But it can also occur on any part of your scalp.

The traction Alopecia I experienced here was caused by a tight hairstyle.

The damage can be temporary or permanent damage to your follicles.

Anyone who wears their hair pulled back tightly (whether in braids, dreadlocks, or a ponytail) is likely to have traction Alopecia.

A tight hairstyle that will lead to traction alopecia.

It is different from the other types of alopecia because it is a condition that is man-made and self acquired. Meaning you are using your money to buy it.

It is a world problem that is so common amongst people who install tight and painful hair extensions in the name of protective styles.

Solution
Do not pay for pain. If it’s painful, inform your stylist to reduce tension, loosen and redo that section.

Save your hair follicles today.

Stop damaging your edges and other hair follicles with tight hairstyles.

Now, to the world problem Chris Rock got slapped for. Alopecia Areata.

Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition where your system attacks your hair follicles. Your follicles will stop producing hair and the hair linked to those follicles will fall off.

A woman experiencing alopecia areata.

It results in bald patches, usually in round or oval patches on the scalp or other places on the face that grow hair, such as the beard and eyebrows.

In some cases, it might lead to total hair loss.

Like the other types of hair loss, it is not selective of gender and nationality. It is not like a world problem we know- racism.

It occurs in both men and women.

-Solution
There’s no known cure for alopecia areata. However, there are treatments that you can try that might be able to slow down future hair loss.

These treatments require a large amount of trial and error. It’s a 50–50 gamble. This means, the hair loss may still get worse, even with treatment.

My best advice for any one experiencing something like this is to see a trichologist/dermatologist.

Don’t do DIYs or play around with drugs.

If you go to the doctor early enough, your hair loss might be slowed down and managed at that point.

Balding is a condition that is often thought to affect only men. But this is not true. This brings us to Androgenic alopecia.

Androgenic alopecia is a hereditary hair loss condition. It is also known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness.

Difference between MPB and FPB

It is the most common type of hair loss. It affects about 50% of men and women.

In men, the typical pattern of hair loss is a receding hair line in an M-shaped pattern.

While in women, the usual pattern of hair loss is thinning at the crown of the head, with the frontal hairline over the forehead remaining.

The hair follicles affected by Androgenetic Alopecia are permanently damaged.

However, there are treatments which can help to delay the balding process, but hairs that have been lost will not grow back.

-Solution
Early detection is key. Book a doctor’s appointment. Visit a dermatologist or trichologist.

Tests will be conducted, and you’ll find out the true situation of your hair loss.

Your doctor will might recommend DHT blockers found in Ayurvedic herbs like black seed oil, etc.

To the last type of hair loss we’ll consider today, Telogen Effluvium (shedding)

Telogen effluvium is an excessive hair loss that is caused by emotional or physical shock(usually a traumatic event).

It can also happen because of hormonal changes (childbirth and menopause).

The hair loss caused by childbirth is also called postpartum shedding.

Telogen effluvium can also occur due to ill health, stress, change in diet, iron deficiency, and some type of medications.

-Solution
It is a condition that typically resolves itself once the unlying cause is removed

E.g. if the excessive shedding is caused by a change in diet or nutrient deficiency, a correction of this will stop the hair loss.

If it is caused by stress, then rest a lot.

If it is caused by childbirth, it will resolve itself within 6 months to 1 year.

Throughout this time, make sure to maintain a solid (not gaseous or liquid 😂) that works for your hair.

There is no cause for alarm. The telogen phase is around three to six months, after which your hair begins to grow again.

It will take time before those bald spots start filling up. If you worried about how short it will be, calculate the current length of your hair and how long you’ve had it. That’s how long it will take before your bald spot hair is the length it was before shedding.

If I could solve a world problem, it would be to take away all forms of Alopecia.

It’s heartbreaking watching your hair fall off to the ground in chunks.

A lot of people’s self-esteem is in the trenches because of their various hair loss conditions.

Luckily, not all hair loss issues are autoimmune, and incurable.

You can avoid man-made hair loss. Don’t buy hair loss with your hard-earned money.

I cannot solve this world problem alone. I need your help.

You can help me by getting more people informed about the solutions to this problem, people face all over the world.

You can share the link to this post on your status, or you can send it to that friend that needs this.

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