The truth is, a life time of bad products, over manipulation, stress and poor diet will have you thinking hair loss is age related...
What Studies have shown:
Two recent studies have shown that the lack of rejuvenating stem cells in follicles can be part of the reason hair thinning and hair loss is so ramped in the afro and curly hair community.
Over time, mutations in the calls appear to make the follicles shrink, causing them to produce finer strands of growth, until they eventually become dormant.
The study was carried out with mice, who's fur was bathed over a period of time in shampoos with the same ingredients to those in Afro Hair products, including those containing food preservatives. They then applied products as we do to our hair for moisture and petroleum based oils, with regular brushing and grooming. Those mices' fur fell off over time and was difficult to regrow following the trauma the skin had experienced. Those who's fur were left alone, washed with just stream water in the same intervals, retained their fur.
Researchers reached the conclusion that some of the ingredients in our hair products causes the stem cells in the follicles to slow its regeneration over time, until they stop. This combined with harsh styling, lack of sufficient oxygen to the follicles and lack of sunlight, causes the follicles to collapse, shrinking over time and eventually becoming dormant.
Of course for us it's far more complex but it gives us an idea of what the harmful ingredients in our products do with prolonged use and how we find that over time we have thinning and balding hair.
Admittedly, we are also not the best at leaving our hair alone, and not traumatising our scalp. The fragility of our hair is often ignored by us and those who style it, causing traction, which plays a major role in hair loss.
The hard water and harsh weather over here also doesn't help and so it just seems like we're doomed.