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Gail Mabalane On Living With Alopecia

Over the past few months, actress Gail Mabalane underwent a transformation which saw her cut off her hair. Many reacted positively to her hot new look but the star reveals that there was a deeper meaning to her transformation – she been diagnosed with Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia.

Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia is a common cause of hair loss in black women and occurs primarily in the central part of the scalp. According to the skin of colour society, though previously thought to be solely related to the use of hot combs, excessive heat and hot oils on the scalp, chemical relaxers, and excessive tension from braids, tight hair rollers, weaves or extensions, the current thought also points to heredity (family history) playing a role.

Now, Gail is ready to open up to fans about her experience with alopecia. In an Instagram post, Gail shares that “A few months ago I went to the salon for a routine hair wash. To my shock, after my wash, a big chunk of my hair was GONE.” She adds that “After a few weeks of “self medicating”, I decided to consult a dermatologist. CCCA – Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia was the diagnosis. Simply put … a very common cause of Alopecia or hair loss in black women.”

Luckily, the Gail seems to be responding to the treatment. “I’m happy to say that the treatment is definitely working and my hair is growing back…so thank goodness…I’ll survive winter,” she says. “So why am I sharing this? Apart from the fact that wearing a wig can get tiring 😅 … I wanted to use this opportunity to say to women: if you have any form of hair loss (hairline included), please consult a professional. Had I not gotten the necessary treatment, this could have resulted in permanent hair loss. Sometimes, it’s not hair activator that’s needed…but treatment.”

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So…Why did I cut my hair? 🙂 _________________________________ A few months ago I went to the salon for a routine hair wash. To my shock, after my wash, a big chunk of my hair was GONE!!! 😳 _________________________________ After a few weeks of “self medicating”, I decided to consult a dermatologist. _________________________________ CCCA – Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia was the diagnosis. Simply put … a very common cause of Alopecia or hair loss in black women. __________________________________ I’m happy to say that the treatment is definitely working and my hair is growing back…so thank goodness…I’ll survive winter. 🙏🏾 __________________________________ So why am I sharing this? Apart from the fact that wearing a wig can get tiring 😅 … I wanted to use this opportunity to say to women: if you have any form of hair loss (hairline included), please consult a professional. Had I not gotten the necessary treatment, this could have resulted in permanent hair loss. Sometimes, it’s not hair activator that’s needed…but treatment. 😊 #OwnYourNarrative #AuthenticConnections

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