This Disease Causes Severe Hair Loss For Black Women

By Victor Trammell

Spectrum News NY1, a cable news channel that serves all five boroughs of the Greater New York City Metro Area did a special report on Saturday (July 15th), which covered a common disease that primarily affects women of African descent.

Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (or CCCA) is a disorder that causes hair loss in the scalp’s central area. It is not completely clear to mainstream dermatologists how or why CCCA affects roughly 40 percent of black women at some point during their lifetime.

However, many experts blame the usage of hot combs, excess heat and hot oils applied to the scalp, chemical hair relaxers, repeated tension from braids, tight hair rollers, weaves, extensions, as well as hereditary factors.

Venee Kimpson, a black woman who was diagnosed with chronic CCCA 15 years ago told Spectrum News NY1 that it has been difficult for her to accept her ordeal. She experienced discoloration in her scalp, itching, and eventually substantial hair loss.

“It was difficult to muster up the strength to go out every day. People would stare at you. You felt like they knew what was going on under that turban,” Kimpson told Spectrum News NY1 in her exclusive interview.

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