What You Need To Know About Traction Alopecia

Have you noticed your edges thinning? Do you see your scalp when you pull your hair up? You could have Traction Alopecia and it is NOT something you want to sleep on. Recently a woman found this out the hard way after removing an install at the hair salon exposing her receding hair line. Unfortunately, this has been a common for many millennial women and it’s time to stop ignoring it and address the problem.

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Naomi Campbell

Traction Alopecia is a form of Alopecia also known as gradual hair loss. It’s caused primarily by pulling of the hair. This can occur with styles that pull the hair like ponytails, braids that are too tight, anything that gives excess pulling like barrettes. We’ve seen this occur on a few celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Tamar Braxton, Jessie J, and now I’m seeing it on a daily basis with my own clients.

Don’t be mistaken, Traction Alopecia isn’t just affecting women of color. Traction Alopecia has been around long even before weaves. I would say it’s probably more prevalent among African Americans because of the current trendy styles in urban culture, but it can also come from barettes which were around before weaves. I’ve come across many ballerinas that deal with the hair loss as well due to the tight buns that are worn frequently. Any type of hair pulling is detrimental to the hair follicles but I admit when it comes to Black women, the hair loss is very common. They are getting braids and extenstions and getting it done tightly because they think it will last longer that way but it is actually doing the opposite.

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Kim Kardashian

You should take immediate precautions for your hair and take the steps to prevent Traction Alopecia. You can prevent Traction Alopecia by:

  1. Wearing hairstyles without the tension on your hair. Some people worry about their edges in their hairstyles looking puffy, but you don’t need to have your hair pulled so tightly that it raises your eyebrows.
  2. Switching up the hairstyle so that there isn’t constant pulling to your hair. If you’re always about that bun life, make sure you are wearing your hair down in between to give it a break.

 

If you do see it don’t let it go untreated, if you do the follicle will begin to miniaturize it and the hair that once grew there will not be able to grow because there is no room for the strand to grow. If you begin to see it go see a hair loss specialist immediately for treatment. As long as the follicle is living, it’s repairable so the sooner the better. Have you noticed thinning in your edges?

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