Today we’re taking a deeper dive into a topic that can be difficult to discuss for many: hair loss. In our society, and especially in the Black culture, hair is so important to identity, confidence and perceptions of beauty. This makes it a fairly taboo topic in our community, leaving many women feeling isolated and ashamed if their hair doesn’t match what they see on social media or in YouTube Tutorials. We’ve also all seen the memes and jokes about “being bald-headed” or having “no edges.” For some of us, we can trace these disparaging comments all the way back to middle school.
At Coco and Bliss, we are here to first and foremost interrupt this pattern and say: no matter who you are, and no matter what you are going through with your hair, you are beautiful, strong and worthy of self-love and acceptance. PERIOD.
Second, I wanted to create a blog where I discuss some strategies for managing your hair loss with wigs and extensions - broken down by the type of hair loss you may be experiencing!
Let me begin my first offering some common causes for hair loss in black women:
- Stress (mental and emotional) & inflammation
- Hair/Scalp Tension & Over-manipulation (MOST COMMON)
While wigs, braids and weaves can be protective styles for many, it’s still important to
- be taking care of mind and body holistically and
- give your hair and scalp time to breathe!
That said, below are some tips for using extensions and wigs to manage different types of hair loss:
Hair loss in the back of the head
For this type of loss, I would most definitely recommend using a ponytail, especially if the hair loss is more centralized. If you still have hair on the rest of your head, it’s fairly simple to slick back the front and use a weave ponytail to cover the loss in the back! As always, be mindful of how tight you are pulling your ponytail, as that can cause plenty of unwanted tension.
Hair Loss in Patches All Around the Scalp
If your hair loss isn’t central to the back, but rather occurs in a few random spots all around the head, I would recommend using clip-ins! Clip-ins are great because they are easy to install and can be used to add thickness and volume to sections of your hair that may be thinner than others! They also blend really well with your natural hair. Here are some of my favorite clip-in products:
Extensive Hair Loss All Over Scalp or Edges
As you navigate your journey towards regrowth, I would recommend closure wigs as they are lower maintenance and last the longest. If you choose a frontal wig, I’d suggest a glueless method so that the wig can be removed everyday and your scalp can breathe. In terms of textures for wigs, I recommend Kinky Curly in a closure or u part wig and here’s why:
- It blends the best with natural hair, which means less manipulation. Less manipulation = less breakage.
- Because it’s highly textured hair, your braids underneath don’t need to be super flat. This means your braids can be a little looser, which can help alleviate pulling and tension (a major contributor to hair loss).
With protective styles, the goal is to encourage healthy hair, not create more problems. Our products are designed to include a variety of natural hair textures and also they lay very seamlessly on your scalp. On more than one occasion - I (along with my clients) have had their wigs mistaken for real hair! Even with wigs and frontals, you will want to make sure that you are still cultivating naturally healthy hair with supplements and products, and you'll definitely want to find time to let your scalp breathe!
iTips and Braid-less styles are another great option for hair, especially if you are looking to prioritize a healthy scalp - which is a must! They are typically installed directly onto your hair (without braiding or caps), which can give you the look you want, while still allowing your scalp to breathe. If you are interested in iTips make sure you consult with a licensed professional.
We are all on our own journey with haircare - you are not alone! It’s also important to remind you that the hair you see on social media isn’t always what it seems - so give yourself some grace and avoid comparison where you can. I hope these tips are helpful as you navigate your hair loss journey. Please feel free to comment or contact us with additional questions or feedback and always let us know what other tips and topics would be helpful.