Everything you need to know about hairloss as a black woman

Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Loading, please wait...
Woman suffering from hairloss.
Woman suffering from hairloss.
Getty Images

­It is strangely comforting for us to know that we are not the only ones suffering from hair loss. Even celebrities are not immune. In the past, former supermodels Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, talk show host Wendy Williams and even actress Jada Pinkett Smith, have all openly spoken about the trouble they experienced with their hair.

Luckily for the rest of us, we don’t get even a taste of the public scrutiny and speculation Campbell suffered. She finally broke her silence in 2017 and revealed that she was suffering from a severe case of traction alopecia, caused by years of wearing weaves and tight hairstyles that constantly pulled on the hair follicles. Alopecia – commonly called injibhabha or njipsy – is, according to healthline.com, a condition in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body.

Last year, South African actress Gail Mabalane opened up about her hair loss journey after being diagnosed with alopecia. In an Instagram post last March, Mabalane says, “A few months ago, I went to the salon for a routine hair wash. To my shock, after my wash, a big chunk of my hair was gone. Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia was the diagnosis. Simply put… a very common cause of alopecia or hair loss in black women.”

Read this for free
Get 14 days free to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed.
Already a subscriber? Sign in