Kenyan musician Wambui Ngugi has opened up about her struggle with Androgenetic alopecia. Alopecia is a common form of hair loss that affects both men and women. Wambui, who is one of the Elani trio spoke about the condition in an episode on her YouTube channel.
The unexpected realization that she was losing her hair came as a shock for her. Wambui prided herself in having flowy natural hair. It had taken almost 10 years to grow. Therefore, she tried a number of fixes and solutions offered on YouTube and different blogs. Fortunately, Wambui met a professional. The expert diagnosed her with Androgenetic hair loss. This shocked the musician.
Diagnosis of Alopecia
The hair expert explained that Wambui was genetically predisposed to experience hair loss, at some point in her life. So, all she could do was managing and reversing it. The hormone dihydrotestosterone DHT brings about hair loss. Genetic disposition causes the vertex to attract DHT. This causes hair follicles to shrink and reduce the diameter of the hair coming out. Eventually, if left unmanaged, the follicles close. This leads to a declining hairline and ultimately permanent balding.
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Wambui had tried to style her hair to cover up the loss. So, if she hadn’t sought professional help on time, it would have been too late. She chose one of the three solutions to hair loss which are;
- Temporary, which involves regular medication
- Semi-permanent, which involves injection of growth hormones.
- Permanent, which involves removing a strip of scalp from the back of the head. Then, using it to fill in a bald patch.
Wambui chose to have the growth factors introduced into her scalp other than the two other solutions.
The musician has devoted her YouTube channel to enlightening her followers about the guidelines of hair care. More so, in a way, they can relate and share experiences.Follow us in social media: