There are many reasons that we can experience an increase in hair loss in afro hair patients. Most patients I see describe that there has been an increase in the amount of hair that is lost when brushing and washing the hair and that hair is simply noticed everywhere at home. There may be an overall reduction in density accompanied with shorter hairs that are perceived to “not be able to grow very long”. As this hair type is naturally more fragile than other types, special care needs to be taken (link to afro hair care here). The loss of hair causes women of all ethnic minorities to feel incredibly anxious about their hair and worry to what extent the hair may be lost.
Individuals with this complaint may have consulted their doctor to no avail and most often have consulted me very upset and feeling incredibly self-conscious, as their identity and confidence is affected by their image changing.
Certain medications have side effects of alopecia depending on the dosage and the pre-existing medical condition it is prescribed for. As mentioned, this is regardless of the hair type you have and the way you choose to style your hair (natural, braids, cornrows, extensions).