-sharp comedian Chris Rock’s hilarious new movie ‘Good Hair’ has been making waves as it sets out to examine the prevalence of ‘relaxing’ or straightening hair treatments and weaves among African-American women. Rock, known as the stand-up who says the unsayable, poses some controversial questions about hairstyles, race and fashion.
While never straying far from his trademark politically incorrect, thought-provoking humour, Rock does raise some serious issues about black hair in this entertaining documentary, in which he interviews many prominent black men and women – and their hairdressers. It shows a more objective side to Rock’s comedy, which gained favour at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the movie the special Jury Prize.
Weaves are now more popular than braiding or chemical relaxants among black women, but the weight of long extensions can put stress on weak hair and cause it to break. It is better to let the hair recover between weaves rather than keep renewing them, although this idea may seem unacceptable to style-conscious women. Braiding in the weave is less damaging than gluing, but if the braiding is too tight it can lead to traction alopecia.
Traction alopecia is becoming increasing common among black women, causing hair loss, mainly around the hairline, as the hair follicles are damaged by constant tension and pulling. This causes hair production in the affected area to slow down and eventually stop altogether. The condition is often reversible if treated early enough, although if the damage is repeated over a long period and left untreated it can become permanent.
The trichologists at the Belgravia Centre are very experienced when it comes to assessing cases of traction alopecia and recommending suitable hair loss treatment, based around primary medications that are clinically proven to stabilise hair loss and promote regrowth, along with various hair growth boosters. Depending on the stage that the damage has reached, it is possible to prevent further hair loss and encourage hair to grow back, provided no further tension is applied to the roots by weaves or other grooming methods. If the hair has been under stress for a very extended period then treatment may be less successful.
We recommend arranging a free consultation with one of our specialists who can assess your individual hair condition and advise the best course of treatment. You can see some of our ‘before and during treatment’ pictures which demonstrate how effective proper treatment of traction alopecia can be, and show some of the results we have achieved for our clients with similar problems. Call 020 7730 6666 to book a free consultation, or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. Alternatively if you can’t get to the London centre, you can complete the online diagnostic form for advice on a home-use treatment course individually tailored to suit your needs.