Growing up in braids that were too tight gives you some idea of one of the causes of traction alopecia. When hair is pulled tightly on a regular basis, hair loss can occur. This happens with certain hairstyles. It can also happen to people who pull their hair on a regular basis. Early diagnosis and treatment can reverse the condition. If it is neglected, you may experience permanent damage.
Causes of Traction Alopecia
Any hairstyle that consistently pulls on the roots of your hair can contribute to traction alopecia. Too often, braids are tight to keep hair in place, but this is hard on the roots. This is so for tight ponytails as well. Short locs are not as damaging as longer locs. The weight of long locs pulls constantly on hair roots and can put strain on hair follicles. Daily headwear, if too tight, can also lead to traction alopecia.
Signs of Traction Alopecia
Noticing the signs of this condition is the first step in getting treatment. Tight hairstyles can pull out strands of hair and the follicles can become damaged. Redness and itching are symptoms, and occasionally irritated follicles will produce pus-filled ulcers and become infected.
You may notice tiny pimples on your scalp or at the base of your braids or locs. Over time, certain hairstyles such as locs or braids can cause patches of thin or broken hair under the strain. In worst case scenarios, hair falls out and you can see shiny patches of scalp and scarred skin.
Pulling your hair back every day can contribute to a receding hairline, although that also can occur with aging. You may notice less hair around the nape of your neck, temples or forehead.
Undoing the Damage
When treated early enough, traction alopecia can successfully be reversed. This usually entails changing your hair to a more relaxed style; for example, allowing your ponytail to be looser than usual. You can wear your hair down more often. Be careful about using chemicals and relaxers on your hair; avoid them if possible.
When the damage seems to be extensive or permanent, contact Kalos Hair Treatment. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Stong and get information on the best treatment for your traction alopecia. Dual board certified, Dr. Stong has the skill and expertise to restore your hair for a beautifully natural look.
Posted on behalf of Kalos Hair Transplant
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE, #910
Atlanta, GA 30342