Traction Alopecia: Hair Fall due to Constant Pulling
are many causes of shedding, from
stress to chemotherapy, but 90 percent of
hair loss is genetic and needs to be treated with
medication. Traction Alopecia is a
hair loss condition caused
by damage to the dermal papilla and hair follicle by constant
pulling or tension over a long period. It often occurs in
persons who wears tight braids, especially "cornrows" that lead
to high tension, pulling and breakage of hair.
According to Dr.
Randy Smith, a specialist of
hair loss specialist in Illinois "Traction
alopecia affects thousands of women each year. Continuous pulling of the hair
that occurs from tight cornrows, braids, weaves, ponytails and curlers is often
the culprit. If you have difficulty moving your forehead or experience
headaches and scalp soreness, these may be signs that your hair is
styled too tightly.” "Over time, bald spots may develop along the hairline and
above the ears. The hairline gradually recedes significantly. If the problem is
not treated, a permanent condition called scarring alopecia may result.”
Traction alopecia is reversible if diagnosed early, but may lead
hair loss if it is undetected for a protracted
period. Hair loss is often in the frontal and temporal
regions, but also depends on the
hair style. With those who
wear cornrows, the area most commonly affected is that adjacent
to the region that is braided. There are many signs of hair
loss that can help you get the
right treatment naturally, you need (pay attention to
thinning hair, stress, inadequate nourishment).
Switch Hairstyle Frequently:
It's fine to wear your favorite hairstyles, but switch them up by changing
where you part your hair and by loosening your hair at night before bed.
Find several styles you like and that work with your
face shape; rotate them based on the seasons or your mood. Not only will
you enjoy a style switch, you'll also take care of your hairline in the
process. Draw a center parting at one time, side parting at another,
backcombing and so on. This will give a new look to your face every time you
Avoid hairstyles that Hurt: Indication of pain signifies that
your hair follicle is being pulled beyond the comfort zone. Once follicles
are dead, there's no bringing them back to life.
Avoid use of Hair Relaxers: In ignorance and haste, people don't
always follow the directions on the box, or use a stronger formula than
they need. Leaving relaxers on longer than the recommended time is also a
surefire way to eventual damage.
Opt for gentle Hair Styles: Looking out for neat hairstyle one
tends to tie hair tightly which can leave them damaged permanently.
Investigate new soft accessories like the fabric headband, scarves, and
If you notice hair thinning around your hairline and you regularly wear
tight hair styles, your hair is giving you a message loud and clear: Let your
hair rest (the sooner the better) and it will re-grow!
A treatment suggested for advanced stages of Traction Alopecia is hair
transplant and this is a very effective treatment. The best way to treat hair
loss related to traction alopecia and Trichotillomania is with the help of a
strict hair care regimen and by showing patience. Hair transplant is the
solution for long standing cases.
Dated 26 December 2011