Traction Alopecia: A Common But Preventable Condition
Some hairstyles can be worn so tight these people cause a type of hair loss condition called 'traction alopecia'.
The good news is that hair loss due to traction alopecia can be reversible and typically temporary, according to the American Hair Loss Council, if caught early enough. 'The bad news is that in the more advanced stages, hair follicles can be so damaged by the trauma, that most women opt to trim it all off and wait figure out if hair will re-grow,' says Diahna Husbands of Diahna Lynn Hair Studio, who also says she sees at least two clients a week at her hair replacement studio suffering from this involving hair loss.
Signs and symptoms of traction alopecia
Did you ever or do you have attempt a pain reliever after you have your braids done?
Does your scalp get sore where you wear your ponytail?
Has your hairline receded considerably over the years or recently?
Do you notice some thinning or hair breakage around your hairline?
Do you notice little bumps and redness around your hairline?
Have you been wearing cornrows or braids all of your life?
Do you have dreadlocks that are long and solid?
Do your extensions break off?
Do you have a hair system that is attached with clips or links?
Traction alopecia: How did I lose my hair?
Sometimes traction alopecia can go on for years, which ends up from wearing your hairstyle too firmly.
While most commonly seen in Black color women who wear a full head of cornrows, predicament results from any hairstyle (like a simple daily ponytail) being worn so tightly that it actually pulls out the hairs from the roots and causes inflammation and trauma to the follicles, explains Dr. Valerie Callender, M.D., board-certified dermatologist, specialist in African American skin and hair disorders, and Director of the Callender Skin and Laser Center in Washington D.C. This trauma throws the follicles into a resting state prematurely and hair does not regrow as long as the area is being pulled too tightly. The condition is usually evident in a thinning and receding at the hairline, that's where hairs are pulled the hardest and sometimes infections, pustules, and papules will appear at the site of the damage as well. In addition, many hairs will also just break off through tension on the head of hair shaft and can actually notice signs with this particular condition in a thinning around your front hairline area or at the area you choose where you gather your ponytail.
Traction alopecia also be caused in either men and women from a hair system attached with clips or links that are pulling too tightly, from hair extensions which might be too heavy for the existing hair tend to be attached to, from the weave that's too tight or even from dreadlocks which have grown too heavy for the scalp and hair to aid. 'If you ever feel any tension or pain within your scalp, visit curly hair stylist immediately to receive your style loosened, readjusted, and evaluated,' cautions Husbands.
Traction alopeci: Will my hair grow back?
In most cases hair grows back, but it really really can take about a few or the an obvious change in hair style to achieve healthy re-growth. Husbands advises, 'That means no more relaxing, not any longer straight irons, no more tight braiding . you must to allowed the hair follicles get for you to business without putting any additional stress with them. You might call for to find a new beautician if you happen to be going into the same one for years all the while a person has had this point out! And that does not braiding it tightly anywhere else on the head . traction alopecia can happen anywhere to the head. Should still to help braid in another area, just braid further gently. If you have to Advil a person have get curly hair done, it is too difficult!'
For more stubborn cases involving infected follicles and prolonged traction, along with changing your thing immediately, one of the most common course of action is oral and topical antibiotics followed by either cortisone injections and/or topical cortisone cream lower the inflammation that is damaging the follicles, explains Callender. 'After that, they might be prescribe Rogaine to stimulate quicker regrowth at 2 percent generally, or 5 % depending on top of the amount and severity belonging to the hair follicle trauma. As well as the great thing about Rogaine for traction alopecia is that once follicles regain themselves and start growing, Rogaine will no more be indispensable. It's one time we can prescribe Rogaine for temporary results that last!'
The the last word on traction alopecia
Early detection and making the appropriate style change right as possible is practical experience . to overcoming traction alopecia. 'I also advise most clients to the dermatologist in order to make certain of the reason for the baldness. A proper diagnosis one other the benefit of success with any hair loss issue,' advises Husbands.