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Traction Alopecia


Understanding Traction Alopecia: Hair Loss from Tight Hairstyles

Traction Alopecia is a type of hair loss caused by repeated pulling on the hair follicles. This can happen due to various hairstyles or headwear that put excessive tension on the hair.


What Causes Traction Alopecia?

    • Tight Hairstyles: Cornrows, braids, dreadlocks, and tight ponytails can all contribute to traction alopecia if worn excessively tight for extended periods.
    • Headwear: Tight-fitting hats, helmets, or headbands can also cause hair loss if they rub against the scalp repeatedly.

Signs and Symptoms:

    • Hair loss in specific areas: Hair loss typically occurs in the areas where the pulling force is concentrated, often along the hairline, temples, or scalp margins.
    • Receding hairline: Chronic traction alopecia can lead to a receding hairline, particularly at the front or sides of the scalp.

Treatment Options:

    • Changing Hairstyles: The most crucial step is to loosen up hairstyles and avoid styles that put excessive strain on the hair follicles.
    • Minoxidil: This topical medication may help stimulate hair growth and reverse some of the damage caused by traction alopecia. However, results may vary.
    • Early Intervention: Early diagnosis and treatment are key. Catching traction alopecia early increases the chances of hair follicle recovery and successful regrowth.
    • Hair Transplants: If significant hair loss has occurred and other treatments haven’t been completely successful, hair transplants can be an option to restore hair in the affected areas. However, this should be discussed with a doctor after ensuring the hair loss has stopped.

Concord Hair Restoration Can Help!

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