For Black Women, Traction Alopecia Costs Us More Than Our Hair

Written by on July 10, 2024

The condition typically starts at the hairline, but in certain cases can begin on other parts of the head, like the back or the sides as it did for Okeke. “It's a process that usually takes years,” Dr. Day said. For Okeke, it took about four years before she began noticing the patches at the top of her hair in 2020. "I thought it wasn’t a big deal at the time and that it would grow back,” she says—a thought many Black women have mistakenly believed.

When Ashley Parker first noticed her edges becoming . . .

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