Traction Alopecia and Hair Loss

 Naomi Campbell

Are you suffering from hair loss or thinning hair along your hairline, near the temples or elsewhere on your scalp?

If you have worn tightly braided hairstyles, ponytails or any other hairstyle that has caused your hair to pull tightly away from your scalp, you may be suffering from a condition called traction alopecia. defines traction alopecia as a small or localized hair loss area caused by repetitive pulling or force on the hair roots. According to the medical website, tight braids and ponytails can pull hard enough on hairs to make them fall out.

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Traction alopecia can happen to anyone. Dermatology Online Journal, a peer reviewed medical journal that specializes in dermatology, explains that the condition effects people of all ethnic backgrounds and is a result of a person’s hair styling and hair care practices.
According to DOJ, studies have shown that traction alopecia is more likely to occur when traction is applied to chemically processed hair because chemically processed hair may be less resistant to the condition than natural hair. 

Traction Alopecia is also likely to occur in individuals who experience symptoms such as pimples on the scalp, pain, stinging or crusts during or immediately after their hair has been styled. The risk of developing the condition increases with age due to the increased length of time tight hairstyles may have been worn.

Traction alopecia is reversible if it is caught in the early stages. Long term hair loss caused by the wearing of hairstyles that put too much stress on the hair may require treatment by a physician.
The key to avoiding or reversing traction alopecia is not to wear hair styles that cause hair to pull tightly away from the scalp. If a hair style causes your scalp to “tent” or to pull away from your head or if you experience pain or soreness during or after your hair is styled consider a different styling option.

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