There are certain hairstyles that never seem to go out of fashion. Braiding falls proudly within this category. Depending on the hairdresser, braids can be styled for casual, business and just about every day wear. It’s the go-to hairstyle for almost every occasion.
However, what many don’t know (until they see it on their head) is the reality that braiding ups your chances of getting a type of baldness called Traction Alopecia; which often starts at the hairline and continues toward the central part of the scalp.
Traction alopecia is a form of alopecia, or gradual hair loss, caused primarily by a pulling force being applied to the hair. This commonly results from the sufferer frequently wearing their hair in a particularly tight ponytail, pigtails, or braids.
From the frying pan to the fire…
You’ve probably noticed them and discreetly looked away; or even suffered the flaky or non-existent hairlines that expose the ears – yourself. This hair loss disorder can be as a result of braiding, especially for those who opt for this hairstyle over extended periods of time (which is the norm because braiding with a quality hairpiece is not cheap).
One of the latest braiding trends pertains to the nudging and pulling of braids to skilfully style them to suit the occasion. While this can surely turn heads, be warned that this type of pulling – from tight braiding and styling – also promotes Traction Alopecia.
If you are one of those who relates all too well to this blog and have experienced first-hand the often unspoken patchy effects of braiding, there is hope. Treatment is not a blanket approach or “one-size-fits-all”, but will involve a free consultation with one of our experts to analyse your current situation and offer solutions that are best suited to your needs and budget.