Overview. There are several specificities about frizzy or semi-frizzy hair loss that justify having an info file especially dedicated to them, as well as another for the related anti-loss treatments we recommend.
Frizzy Hair in Its Natural Environment
Frizzy hair is initially meant as a protection against the sun. In that respect, nature did things very well:
• The hair is thick, very dense and tendrilled.
• It is flattened, not rounded.
• It emerges from the dermis and lies along the scalp, rather than being straight (see sketch opposite).
Thus, everything is organized so that not even the slightest part of the scalp is exposed to sun burn. The scalp, itself, is adapted to climates with strong hygrometry: it is generally dryer than a European-type scalp, the skin is thicker and the pores are tighter.
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2. Changes Taking Place in the European Environment
the drop in humidity leads the pores to tighten themselves, and makes the frizzy hair and the scalp go through three chained reactions:
The tightened pores set the sebum off its natural path: rather than being evacuated outside the scalp, it stagnates under the skin as toxins, which surround the roots and risk disturbing their irrigation.
Outside the scalp, the increased scarcity of the sebum (of which there is already naturally very little) further increases the drying out and curling of the hair, which leads to more difficult brushing and the almost systematical use (at least for women) of hairdressing techniques such as straightening and/or add-ons.
The scalp’s dehydration can also lead to a scaly condition, going from simple dandruff to serious skin affections. This is further amplified by straightening or add-ons, scarce shampooing or the daily use of poorly adapted over-greasing products. Stress, caused by city life and the lack of sun, is also a factor.
All those specificities must be taken into consideration in any treatment against frizzy Hair loss, regardless of what causes the loss. In other words, in parallel to the regrowing hair stimulation process, the scalp’s natural environment and vital functions must also be balanced back.
When they come to Centre Clauderer for a consultation, most of our clients, when they are not born in France, are nostalgic about how their hair was back when they lived in their home country… We tell them that appropriate treatment of the scalp can recreate the natural conditions, especially the blood’s circulation towards the roots, which is a necessary condition for quality hair.
Hair loss main factors and treatments
Hair loss can be caused by the usual general factors: a hormonal problem, stress, a deficiency in the diet… The loss is also often linked to hairdressing techniques that are specific to frizzy hair: locks, add-ons and straightening. Both types of factors can occur at the same time.
General hair loss factors
Androgenetic hair loss It is less common and evolves more slowly on frizzy hair than on caucasian hair (i.e.: Western-type hair).
Androgenetic hair loss is almost always hereditary. It is due to a dysfunction of the androgen hormones at scalp level, and is characterised by a thinning out and then a progressive loss of the hair on well-defined zones of the head.
On men, it is characterised by the gradual balding of the temporal zone and the vertex (tonsure), and rarely by total baldness. On women, it is mainly located on the top of the head and the vertex, and often occurs during child-bearing or, much later, at menopause.
Hair loss caused by stress Stress, fatigue or an emotional choc can trigger diffuse hair loss on the whole of the head or (sometimes for women) on the sides only. After arriving in France, the distress caused by the change of climate and lifestyle is often the cause for such a type of loss.
Hair loss caused by iron deficiency
Such loss is diffuse, on the whole of the head, concerns women only and starts with a typical thinning of the hair’s keratin and roots. It is more frequent in women of African or Caribbean origin, who must be regularly screened if they use an intrauterine device, have abundant period or have given multiple births.
A common sense tip: Eat nutrients that are rich in iron such as blood sausage, liver, red meat, cocoa and almonds… And don’t forget that vitamin C facilitates the transmission of iron: orange juice taken during a meal triples the absorption of the iron contained in what was ingested.
You should start by having an In-Depth Hair Diagnosis. This is an essential stage because it will determine the choice of your treatment. For your information, at Centre Clauderer, we have a special diagnosis procedure for frizzy and semi-frizzy hair. The analysis identifies the cause(s) of your hair loss and differentiates triggering factors from aggravating ones. This is in order to better adjust the treatment we will recommend.
How it is treated
As we explained above, in order to neutralise the hair loss and favour strong regrowing hair, it is necessary to first balance back your hair’s specific ecosystem. Our anti-hair loss Care Method comprises two aspects: preparing the scalp (with Clauderer Milks) and stimulating blood circulation and root activity (with Clauderer Extracts) Clauderer Treatments for Frizzy Hair
2. Factors Related to Hairdressing
Hair loss caused by pulling
They are caused by the constant pulling of small locks and add-ons on the bulb, which brings the roots further from their irrigation zone, and accelerates hair loss. Because they are too often required for the production of regrowing hair, the hair follicles slowly diminish and end up no longer producing any hair.
The thinning out process often starts with a regression of the hair implants on the front. At its more serious stages, the loss has the misleading classical appearance of alopecia areata on the zones where there is the most pulling: primarily the forehead, but also the sides and nape. There is also less hair on the vertex.
The condition also sometimes comes along with signs of inflammation of the hair follicles (folliculitis), with the appearance of very small pimples around the current and regrowing hair.
Common sense tip
When our diagnosis identifies the symptoms of pulling-induced hair loss, the first recommendation we make is that you should reduce the weight of your add-ons (if you wear any) and make your braids loser on the first few inches after the root. That will enable your hair to breathe and not suffer from various environmental conditions: when the air is dry, the hair loses in elasticity, retracts itself, and the roots are pulled towards the outside (which contributes to weakening them).
How it is treated Massages designed to release the tension, then application of an anti-inflammatory and healing Clauderer Milk in order to cleanse the scalp. Finally, application of a Clauderer Extract used for accelerated regrowing so as to reactivate the hair follicles that are still alive.
Hair loss caused by straightening
It is due to frizzy hair’s fragility and can lead to the breaking of the stems throughout the hair’s length, including close to the scalp. The fragility is increased in the places where the hair most suffers from braids and add-ons. The forehead, for instance, often shows typical signs of depilation, which sometimes comes along with dermitis caused by straightening.
During the diagnosis the specialist must distinguish this hair loss caused by breaking from pathological hair losses such as the ones described above, although both can coexist in the same hair. It is indeed rather frequent that the hair loss caused by straightening comes with another type (caused by pulling, iron deficiency, hormonal, etc.). When the hair loss is caused by breaking, a hand that goes through the hair does not bring back whole hairs with their roots but rather hair pieces, sometimes even a full bunch of broken hair.
Common sense tips
The application of straightening product should start approximately 5 mm from the roots, so that it does not risk damaging your scalp. It should only be applied on frizzy regrowing hair, and absolutely not on the straightened hair. Finally, the hair should never be straightened after braiding: it simply could not take it… It is necessary to wait at least two weeks, with an intensive treatment, so that the roots are oxygenated again.