Loss of frizzy or mixed-race hair

There are a number of particularities concerning the fall of frizzy or mixed-race hair require a great deal of attention, and warrant their own special section. The appropriate treatments should also be the subject of a special report. Hair loss can be caused by the usual general factors: a hormonal problem, thyroid deficiency, stress, dietary deficiencies, etc. But it is much more often linked to specific Afro hairstyling practices: braiding, adding on, weaving, straightening.

Don't confuse hair loss with hair breakage

Do not confuse hair loss problems in the traditional sense of the word, and hair breakage. The two problems do not have the same origin. The first is a disruption of capillary cyclesthe hair falling out with its roots. The second is the hair split in two that have been weakened by a lack of hydration.

Factors in external hair loss linked to hairstyling

Hair loss due to traction

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Unlike Caucasian or Asian hair, the pull fall frizzy hair is (along with breakage loss) the most common cause of hair loss, well ahead of hormonal hair loss.


They are triggered by the continuous traction that small braids and overly heavy hair additions exert on the bulb. This traction pulls the roots away from their irrigation zone and precipitates hair loss. Too often called upon to produce new growth, hair follicles slowly atrophy and eventually stop producing hair altogether if they are not treated in time.

The symptoms

Baldness often begins with a receding hairline on the front of the head. Hair is also thinning on the vertex (top of the head). The condition is sometimes accompanied by signs of inflammation of the hair follicles (folliculitis), with the formation of tiny pustules around the hair or new growth.


When the symptoms of a falls due to traction are identified during diagnosis, our first recommendation is to encourage you to lighten the weight of your additions (if you wear them) and create looser plaits over the first few centimetres, starting from the roots. This will allow your hair to breathe and not suffer from atmospheric variations. When the air is dry, hair is less elastic. It retracts and the roots are pulled outwards (which weakens the hair).


It takes a little patience and diligence, but the Clauderer results are spectacular after four months of treatment.

The method requires three successive operations for each treatment:

  • Massages designed to remove tension
  • Application of an anti-inflammatory and healing Lait Clauderer to cleanse the scalp.
  • Application of a Clauderer Serum to reactivate the remaining hair follicles. These serums, tested by Professor Herbein's team at the Besançon University Hospital, have demonstrated their ability to regenerate hair stem cells and their effectiveness in regrowing hair.

Hair loss due to straightening

They are linked first and foremost to the the natural vulnerability of frizzy hair, which is genetically half as strong as Asian hair and a third weaker than Caucasian hair. However, these breakages are considerably amplified by the straightening process and can lead to hair shafts breaking at any length, including close to the scalp. What's more, this fragility is greatest where the hair has been the most damaged by plaiting and additions. The forehead, for example, often has a characteristic depilated appearance, sometimes accompanied by dermatitis as a reaction to straightening.

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During the diagnosis of the roots, keratin and scalp, the Clauderer Specialist draws a distinction between this hair loss caused by breakage and pathological hair loss, such as those described below, even though two types of hair loss can coexist on the same head of hair. It is in fact common for hair loss caused by straightening to be coupled with another type of hair loss (hormonal hair loss, hair loss due to traction, lack of iron, etc.). Breakage loss is characterised by the fact that when you run your hand through your hair, you don't bring back whole hairs with their roots, but pieces of hair, sometimes even whole clumps of broken hair.


Applying the relaxer should start about 5 mm from the roots to avoid damaging your scalp. It should only be applied to curly new growth, especially not on relaxed lengths. Finally, you should never straighten your hair immediately after braiding, as it won't stand up to it... A minimum of two weeks, accompanied by intensive care, is needed to allow the roots to reoxygenate.


For treatments, see our special report Frizzy/straight hair: care and repair

Internal factors in frizzy or mixed-race hair loss

Hormonal (androgenetic) hair loss

For frizzy hair, they are much less frequent and slower It is almost always hereditary. Almost always hereditary, it is caused by a dysfunction of the androgen hormones in the scalp, and manifests itself by a thinning of the hair, followed by its gradual disappearance from well-defined areas of the head.

  • In women, the androgenetic hair loss are located on the top of the head and the vertex and often appear during childbirth or, much later, at the menopause.
  • In men, they result in baldness gradually on the gulfs, top of the head and vertex (tonsure).
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Stress-related hair loss

Stress and also fatigue or a violent emotional shock can lead to diffuse hair loss over the whole head or just on the sides (this is the case for women). A move, a change of climate or a change in lifestyle can be the cause of this type of fall.

Hair loss due to iron deficiency

These are diffuse falls all over the head. They mainly affect women and begin with a characteristic thinning of the keratin and hair roots. More common in Afro-Caribbean women than in Western women, they should be systematically screened if you wear an IUD, have heavy periods or have had multiple pregnancies.


Keep a close eye your diet and eat iron-rich foods such as black pudding, liver, red meats, cocoa, almonds... And don't forget that the vitamin C facilitates the transport of iron orange juice taken with a meal triples the absorption of iron contained in the food eaten.

Hair loss and vitamin D deficiency

Afro-Caribbean and African women are more likely than Western women to lack of vitamin D. This can represent a additional factor hair loss.


The first thing to do is to establish a hair diagnosis with analysis of their roots and keratin. This analysis of your roots and your keratin is essential, as it will dictate the choosing your treatment. This analysis enables us to determine the cause(s) of your hair loss and to distinguish between triggering and aggravating factors, so that we can better adjust the treatment protocol we propose.


As mentioned above, to counteract hair loss and encourage vigorous regrowth, you first need to rebalancing the ecosystem of your scalp. Our method of anti-hair loss care for frizzy hair has two components: preparing the scalp (with Laits Clauderer) and stimulating blood circulation and root activity (with Clauderer Serums).

Jean-François Cabos

Jean-François Cabos is the creator of a unique hair care method based on the research he coordinated, which led to the publication of the book "Cheveux, Racines de Vie" with Hélène Clauderer by Robert Laffont (Collection "Réponses/ Santé").

  • MAGUY TOCNY says:

    For a few months now, I've been balding at the front and back, and it's continuing. My hair has become very damaged and is breaking. I'd like to know whether I should consult a dermatologist/venereologist for a diagnosis.
    Yours sincerely

    • Catherine Reiser says:


      We can certainly help you understand the causes of your hair problem. Don't hesitate to contact us for an appointment in Paris. If you can't come to the Centre Clauderer, we can carry out your analysis by mail: all the information is on our website, under the heading "I want a diagnosis". Yours faithfully The Clauderer team

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