Black Hair Alopecia

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Black Traction Alopecia
Black Traction Alopecia

Traction Alopecia is a type of hair loss that results from constant pulling of your hair. Though it is not tied to any disease like alopecia areata, traction alopecia can still result in permanent hair loss if you wear some types of hairstyles which cause long-term pulling on the scalp. Fortunately, avoiding particular hair treatments and hairstyles can reverse the hair loss brought about by traction alopecia.

Black Hair Alopecia
Black Hair Alopecia

What Causes Traction Alopecia?

Anything that causes stress and tension to the hair can lead to hair loss. Combing or brushing your hair too hard or tugging at it can result in bald spots on your scalp. The following are some common causes of traction alopecia:

1.      Ponytails or pigtails that are too tight

2.      Braids or cornrows that are very tight

3.      Dreadlocks

4.      Hair weaves

5.      Wigs attached using glue or tape

6.      Headbands worn consistently

7.      Tight hairpieces

8.      Wearing hair pins, hair bands or clips day after day in the same hairstyle

9.      Tight headgear worn for a long period that rub or pull the hair e.g. cycling helmets

10.  Frequent use of hair rollers

11.  Frequent pulling of the hair using the hands.


Black Alopecia Hair Restoration
Black Alopecia Hair Restoration

Very tight hairstyles pull the hair strands that are connected to the hair follicles and this damages the scalp over time. This leads to broken hairs or thin, short ones and bald spots as well. This occurrence is common along the hairline. Black people of African descent are more prone to this type of hair loss because of the hair texture and some types of hairstyling techniques like braiding and cornrows.

Black Alopecia
Black Alopecia

Signs of Traction Alopecia

·         Appearance of small bumps on the scalp

·         Scalp sensitivity when you undergo a certain type of hairstyle

·         Feeling relieved after untying hair

·         A headache due to pulling of hair

·         Blisters caused by hair tension

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How to Prevent Traction Alopecia

1.      Wear loose ponytails and buns, and fit them low on your head rather than high.

2.      Wear wigs that have satin wig caps.

3.      Avoid hair relaxers; let your hair stay natural.

4.      Have loose braids, dreadlocks and cornrows, especially along the hairline.

5.      Opt for thick braids and dreadlocks instead of thin ones.

6.      Avoid chemically processed hair.

7.      Don’t stay with one hairstyle for too long, change more often.

8.      Take breaks between wigs, weaves, braids and any other artificial hair use.

9.      Never use rubber bands or elastic ponytail holders.

10.  Don’t sleep with hair rollers.

11.  Use low heat settings on blow dryers and flat irons.

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Marine Biologist Danni Washington

Danni Knows Nature

Marine Biologist Danni Washington
Marine Biologist Danni Washington with her Signature Afro Slay Hairstyle


The Pioneering Style of Danni Washington

Are you a fan of many American TV shows? If so, it’s likely that you know who Danni Washington is. What about her life and what inspired her to become one of the top TV personalities? Continue reading this article to understand more about the pioneering style of Danni Washington.

Don't Test Nature Knows Best
Don’t Test Nature Knows Best

Who Is Danni Washington?

Despite having Jamaican ancestries, Danni Washington is Miami native. She is fantastic, gorgeous and passionate about marine biology. As a graduate of the University of Miami with a B.Sc. Marine Science, she has followed her heart to educate the youth and children about protecting marine life.

Danni, not only being a co-founder of The Big Blue & You, but she has attracted a large crowd of the audience through some of her big projects such as Untamed Science, Ocean GEMS and Educational video alongside Will and Jaden. Currently, she’s a host of Fox’s Xploration Nature Knows Best—a TV series explaining how innovators, particularly in every field get hints from nature to come up with wonderful inventions.

Marine Biologist Danni Washington as Mermaid
Marine Biologist Danni Washington having fun as Mermaid

Danni’s Pioneering Work as a Professional

From getting support from parents as well as growing up in Miami, a coastal city, she has enjoyed the precious moment of the sea at her young age. Her birthplace laid a strong foundation towards her work as she got fascinated by the ocean. Every time in her childhood, she was able to frequently access the ocean, beaches and water. This accessibility helped her to learn the secrets of aqua-life and discover more about maritime to its depths. What’s more, her educational background played a vital role in shaping her future character as an on-camera personality—being enrolled in Marine School offered her extensive experience in the field of Marine Science.

So far, Danni has accomplished various successful projects with the aim of conserving the ocean. As a science communicator, she possesses excellent skills that help her to encourage the youth, mainly girls to have interest in science—pulling girls interest to the sea.

Marine Biologist Danni Washington at NASA
Marine Biologist Danni Washington at NASA

In her work with Untamed Science, she has created and produced over 200 Educational science videos. These videos aim to make science education more enjoyable. Currently, the videos are classroom tool for teaching science in many schools across the US.

What about Ocean GEMS? The pioneering style of Danni Washington took another direction in this multimedia series, Ocean GEMS. She has encouraged the millennial generation to pursue their passion for the ocean. Through the web-based program, social media and other platforms, Danni has created a pathway for the youth to reach their career goals.

Danni and Friends of Nature
Danni and Friends of Nature

According to Danni, many teens don’t have mentors to guide them, especially in the areas of goal setting. As the planet faces severe issues about aquatic life, there’s urgent need to equip young generation with essential skills to become a marine scientists. These skills will help young people to become part of solutions to challenges facing our oceans.

Danni on the beach
Danni on the beach looking for Science to help the world

Do you know nature is fundamental to scientists and innovators in every field? Danni’s work at STEM series gives viewer’s great ideas on how scientist can get hints from nature and create amazing advancements. The host of Xploration Nature Knows Best brings out the current advances in many fields—all of them nature oriented. There’s plenty to learn from this TV series, including new advances in medicine, use of bio-mimicry in space exploration, new modes of transport and so on. You can catch up this Danni’s TV show on FOX every week, its available in various channels—HULU, Amazon Prime, Yahoo View and Roku as well. Once you tune in to this show, you’ll enjoy meeting professional marine scientists from every corner of US, and as well learn about most beautiful advancement copied from Mother Nature.

Danni’s passion for ocean conservation has continued even today. She has continually shared her adventures and marine journey with everyone, primarily through her social media as well as in blog posts. You can get many of these blogs once you follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Who Inspired Washington

Danni got her inspiration from Dr. Sylvia Earle, a marine biologist and the founder of alliance Mission Blue. Sylvia is very determine to connect people to the ocean. We may ignore the ocean but the O2 we breathe, some of it is created via aquatic processes, according to Washington.

Danni’s work will continue to inspire many people, from young children to adults in all the field. There’s much to learn from her various projects, such as goal-setting, hard work and persistence. If you’re a potential marine scientist young, you can make it just like Danni Washington, however you have to be patient, hardworking as well as interacting with nature.