I have fine, medium to high density 3C hair with a particular trouble spot that I have dealt with for quite some time now. I have been wearing eyeglasses for nearly 20 years now, and I’ve had a hunch that my glasses were causing a bald spot behind my ears. So I decided to research my condition in the event that others, like me, are experiencing this and share my hunch.
Women are susceptible to pattern baldness, too.
Often times people assume that pattern baldness only occurs in men and is a reaction to repetitive behaviors like wearing baseball caps everyday. However, women are susceptible to pattern baldness, too. Thinning hair in women can be caused by a number of factors, like hormonal changes (menopause”>, medications, and heredity.
In men, it’s more common to see baldness and thinning around the center of the scalp, whereas women experience hair that thins out at the crown, first. This also happens to be the region where we also place stress on our edges by wearing metal headbands, tight ponytails, and glasses.
Dr. Chris Green of American Crew says that the tightness of glasses tends to decrease blood flow, slowing down hair growth. Others may have an allergic reaction to their glasses’ metals, also causing thinning hair. According to the National Institute of Health, women experience baldness in this area and the crown before any other part of the scalp, contrary to men.
What can you do about it?
If you frequently wear tight ponytails or headbands you can mitigate your hair thinning issues by choosing a different hairstyle. But if, like me, you have to wear prescription glasses out of necessity, the solution is not so simple. Here are the remedies that I have found success in for my own problem area, you can adapt this to suit your needs if you are experiencing thinning on other parts of your head and scalp.
Every so often I use a scalp serum to help promote thicker, healthier hair growth in the places in which I feel I can use it. Apply and massage the oil directly to your scalp at night before bed along your entire hairline. If you don’t want oil dripping down your face while you sleep, use one of the following oils as a pre-poo on wash day.
Look for products containing these scalp exfoliating oils:
- Castor oil
- Tea tree oil
- Sweet almond oil
My product suggestions
- Pre-poo: Jane Carter Solution Scalp Renew Scalp Repair
- Styler: SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Treatment
- Sealer: Simply Organic Sweet Almond Oil & Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil
How do you repair thinning edges?