Traction Alopecia

Love those stylish up-dos or experimenting with dreadlocks? Unfortunately, if hair loss is a concern of yours, it might be time to consider letting your hair down a bit more – quite literally! The fact of the matter is that when it comes to hairstyles that pull tightly and relentlessly on the hair follicles, especially when left in for long periods of time, a condition known as traction alopecia may start to present itself.

Which Hairstyles Can Cause It?

As mentioned, tight ‘updos’ (including ponytails), as well as dreadlocks are the most common culprits. However, traction alopecia can also be brought on by hair extensions, cornrows, head bands and the excessive use of hair weaves or wigs.

But it’s Not Just Certain Hairstyles That Can Cause It!

Nope. The sad reality is that traction alopecia can also be caused by wearing tight helmets on a regular basis, or even by making use of hair rollers a couple of times a week.

What Are the Symptoms?

Have you ever released your hair from a ponytail or had dreads taken out and felt immense relief? Perhaps there has been some pain at the base of the hair follicles for a few minutes or hours afterwards? Does your scalp itch? Do you notice that your hairline is starting to recede? If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, the chances are good that your hair is under way too much tension, and that you may develop traction alopecia sometime in the future, if you are not suffering from it already.

Is it Treatable?

Yes. Laser hair restoration therapy, PRP therapy as well as surgical hair replacement therapy, are all viable solutions to consider. There are many options available to those suffering from traction alopecia, although it will be necessary for you to also take better care of your crowning glory to prevent similar consequences from reoccurring over time.

If you think that you or a loved one might be suffering from traction alopecia, do not hesitate to get in touch with Hair Clinic International to book your free consultation with one of our experts. We will help you to pinpoint the cause behind the hair loss, and decide on the most appropriate course of treatment customised to suit your individual needs and expectations.