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Hair Loss Linked to Braids and Weaves in New Study – How To Prevent It

A recent study in the Archives of Dermatology found that braids and weaves may contribute to permanent hair loss in African-American women. The report reads: “The resulting prolonged traction [used to create the styles] can produce chronic folliculitis, which can eventually lead to more scarring.”

Almost 60% of 310 women surveyed for the study had central hair loss with scarring. Among those with the most serious hair loss, 57% wore braids and weaves, the study by researchers from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio found. Seen predominately in African-American women, this type of hair loss, central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, centers on the vertex (crown) of the scalp and spreads peripherally.

Most women of color wouldn’t be surprised by these statistics as any tight style can break your hair if not done properly. But a woman’s hair is her crowning glory so it’s important to nurture it with optimal care so hair loss and permanent scarring doesn’t become your reality.

Take heed to these tips that will help you achieve longer, stronger and  healthier hair:

Give Your Hair a Rest from Tight Braids and Weaves

While you can wear braids and weaves if you’d like, be sure to care for your hair while it is styled, refrain from getting these styles frequently and avoid too-tight braiding and sewing when wearing weaves.

Wash Hair Regularly

It seems like this should be common sense but many women of color don’t wash their hair often enough to avoid messing up their hairstyle. The foundation to healthy hair is clean hair. Women of color should wash and condition their hair a minimum of every 10-12 days, but this can vary depending on your hair type. This is also true when wearing a weave because dirt can cause bacteria to build up, which leads to infection. Be sure all to remove all shampoo and sit under a hooded drier after.

Do Scalp Massages

With this tip, you treat yourself to a little rest and relaxation, while also promoting hair growth. The kneading pressure increases blood circulation hair follicles and increases the strength of hair’s roots. A scalp massage opens blood vessels for an increased flow and circulation, which means that the cells of the hair follicle will receive the nutrients that are needed for hair growth function.

Eat More Protein & Drink More Water

Your hair is made up of protein which is rich in keratin. If you don’t have enough keratin in your body it could lead to hair loss. Try foods such as broccoli, nuts, fish and beans for an extra dose of protein. Drinking at least 10-12 glasses of water daily is also a healthy step to take toward fighting hair loss. Water helps to remove toxins from the body and protects from infection and diseases, which sometimes can lead to hair loss.

Try Biotin Supplements

Biotin helps with hair growth because it provides certain nutrients that hair needs. They’re available at any drugstore or vitamin store. Experts recommend a daily intake of 2.5 milligrams. Progress usually takes 3 to 6 months.

-Margaret Francois

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In honor of the one-year anniversary of their debut project Period, City Girls has dropped a music video for their song "Careless."

The video stars the rap duo, Yung Miami and J.T., the latter who is currently serving a two-year sentence in Tallahassee. The visual directed by Gabriel "Video God" Hart, features the two rap divas sporting their iced out Quality Control chains rapping in the streets of what appears to be Miami. Both Yung Miami and J.T. are donning the same outfits, distressed jean shorts-underwear, a cropped Miami jersey with a white turtleneck underneath and the classic Timberland boots.

City Girls are showing exactly what they're made of as they rap about "living life so careless," and "h**s [being] so mad it's evident" with an entourage of women behind them. The short clip is full of fun-filled energy as the hot rappers bounce from location to location. Whether they're in a hotel room sipping on some Hennessy, in a store copping a couple of things, they still manage to get their bars off.

The visual is a good representation of what fans can expect from the rap duo, even more so if they see them in concert. Most recently Yung Miami performed the girls' big hit, "Act Up" at Rolling Loud with the help of Lil' Yachty, their co-collaborator on the song. Next up for Yung Miami is the Hot 97 Summer Jam on June 2 at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Make sure to check out their music video above and stream Period in celebration of its one-year anniversary.

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Blac Chyna Named As Suspect In Assault Against Hair Stylist

Well, this isn't the best way to celebrate your birthday.

Blac Chyna has reportedly got in trouble with the law again after a confrontation with her hair stylist. TMZ reports the Chyna and the employee who hasn't been unidentified, were at Chyna's home in San Fernando Valley, Calif. when they got into an argument over payment.

The police report alleges after the hair stylist attempted to collect her check from Chyna, the 31-year-old pulled out a knife. The hair dressed left and reportedly threw soda cans at Chyna's car. A source shared with the outlet that Chyna didn't have a weapon on her person but there were cans thrown at her car.

Because Chyna's six-year-old son King was present, there's a chance the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services will get involved for a possible welfare check.

Chyna hasn't addressed the incident but will more than likely still have a nice birthday.

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Queen Naija Responds To Backlash For Going Public About Plastic Surgery

Queen Najia's decision to be blunt about her plastic surgery was met with backlash when she was accused of normalizing the procedure for young women.

The singer-songwriter who is known for her bold personality and power vocals shared the video titled, "Revealing My New Body | One Week Post Op Tummy Tuck + BBL (Brazillian Buttlift)" on YouTube Friday (May 10). In a previous video, Naija vlogged her plans to get a tummy tuck while heading to the Billboard Music Awards where she was nominated for Top R&B Female Artist.

The singer previously went under the knife after the birth of her first child in 2017, leading to a case of bad fibrosis. "I'm really really happy about the results," she said. "I basically got a tummy tuck and I got my hernia repaired around my belly navel, it would puff out because of my loose skin. I had really really bad fibrosis from the smart lipo I got two years ago."

In her recap video, the singer seemed to be visibly happy with the results and additional unplanned surgery for the Brazilian Buttlift. "I'm just really really happy. I feel more confident with my body and being a mom with two kids and having two c-sections, and all the stuff going on with myself, I'm really happy," she said Friday. "I will not be getting any more surgery. I won't turn into one of those girls who gets lip fat added and all this stuff. I'm not touching my face. As yall know I got eye fillers and I'm never doing that again."

But her joy was quickly met with criticism after The Shade Room picked up a portion of the video on their Instagram page. Naija responded in jest. "Now if I would have kept it a secret, like a lot of other women who’ve had surgery.. everyone would have saying “Liar, did you get surgery, why you hiding it?” she said.  Lol, I tell the truth & it’s still an issue. Hilarious. Imma take my new booty and hide in a ditch."

 

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The "Medicine" singer has been open with her journey to building her self-esteem and has shared why she decided to try surgery. "I do love myself but at the same time, you have to make your self happy," she said in 2017. "You don't have to look in the mirror and see what I see. At the end of the say, I'm the one who has to put up with my self-esteem. I tried to diet and workout but I didn't see any results in my stomach area [because of c-section]."

The topic of surgical enhancement with women of color has been a controversial topic, with many women dying for trying under the table procedures. Standards of beauty have continuously changed with social media and influencers holding relevance over the youth but the singer hasn't promoted the option to go under the knife to her fans.

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