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The 5 Medical Reasons Why You Could Be Losing Hair

Hair loss is a prominent issue among women of color and it’s usually linked to hair regime rather than lifestyle and health. It’s imperative that you nurture your hair with proper care and the right products but it’s just as important to make sure that your health is not the cause for thinning. What’s going on inside of the body will manifest on the outside and this rule of thumb applies to the hair and scalp. The following list is an in-depth look at physical diseases that can result in hair loss that can be treated or prevented with regular visits to the doctor and adopting a nutritious diet.

Thyroid Disease

Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) are both diseases that list rapid hair loss as a symptom. The thyroid gland manufactures the hormones that help control metabolism and growth, and when it doesn’t supply the proper amount, Thyroid Disease occurs. To avoid or combat this disease visit a dermatologist and consult with a doctor to see if you have any nutritional deficiencies that can be corrected with supplements.


Anemia, also known as iron deficiency, is the most common reason for hair loss. This condition is a result of the body having a lower iron level than required. The number of red blood cells is reduced which results in several ailments. Iron is used to maintain the body temperature so if there’s iron deficiency in the body, the hair follicles become weaker and thinning ensues. Preventative measures that can be taken are to eat more nutritious foods with a high iron content such as fish, dark green leafy vegetables, wheat germ and grain products.


Diabetes is a hormone-related disease that can potentially cause hair loss and thinning. Hair loss normally begins at the onset of diabetes and gradually becomes worse. For that reason, it’s important to have diabetes detected at an early stage. Diabetics are sensitive to skin problems because their blood circulation is not optimal which could cause visible hair loss because the body can’t keep up with the re-growth process. If you notice your hair getting thinner and have other diabetes-related symptoms, be sure to see a physician immediately.

Ringworm of the Scalp (Fungal Infection)

Ringworm of the scalp is a topical fungal infection. It’s caused by a mold-like fungi called dermatophytes and occurs when a particular type of fungus grows and multiplies anywhere on your skin, scalp, or nails. The symptoms of this itchy condition are flaking and scaling of the scalp, redness, blisters, chunks of hair falling out and pus (which is caused by an allergic reaction to the fungus). Children are highly affected by this form of hair loss and 50% of the hair loss they experience is caused by scalp ringworm. This is a common skin infection as it is highly contagious and can be transmitted through person to person contact, person to object contact and animal to person contact. To treat scalp ringworm, see a physician who will likely prescribe an anti-fungal pill, which is far more effective than topical treatments.


Lupus is a chronic auto-immune disorder in which the body attacks its own healthy cells and tissues. Women of color are 2-3 times more likely to develop lupus. Hair loss is a pivotal symptom of active lupus, and it could be the first red flag of the disease. The loss can be patchy and sometimes extreme. For most patients, hair re-grows after treatment but the hair regeneration process is slow. To be tested for lupus, visit a doctor for a blood or urine test.

-Margaret Francois

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Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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