Traction Alopecia The Result Of Tight Hair

Avoiding Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia ( a form of hair loss that is a result of bad hair styles. No, seriously. Traction alopecia is so common among those who are suffering from a type of hair loss yet it is the easiest for of hair loss to avoid. Unlike androgenic alopecia or male pattern balding which is usually a result of genetics and the increase of DHT in the body. Traction alopecia is simply caused by damage to the hair follicles when someone puts too much stress on it but specific hair styles such as braiding or ponytails. It’s not to say that one can’t or should have those hair styles but you really have to sit back and consider the pressure that these hair styles put on your follicles.

If you have very tight braids and you have this style for months, you are having continuous pressure on your follicles, after a while the pressure causes it to become irritated and as a result your follicles will shrink and you hair will slowly start to thin and eventually fat all leaving a bald spot around the sides of the head and the hair line. This is why you’ll often see people with braid that have a receding hair line because they have had braids for years and never gave their hair a chance to grow back. So in reality if people were more aware of this they wouldn’t have to worry about potential hair loss.

Thinning Hair Follicles

The hair follicles can be very sensitive and once they start to shrink it becomes very difficult to heal them. It has been studied that African Americans tend to experience traction alopecia at a higher rate than other races simply due to the fact that they tend to braid their hair more overall as a race. This isn’t ti suggest that they are the only ones who are subjected to it, however statistics due prove to make a valid argument. Because the damage is a result of scarred and infected hair follicles, treatments for traction alopecia are not as likely as opposed to other forms of hair loss such as alopecia areata which is typically caused by stress.

The difference between between the two forms of alopecia is that areata alopecia are random spots of balding that occur when most often when a person is highly stressed out. The upside to it is your hair generally starts to grow back within a year and the hair loss isn’t permanent. You can also have a much higher success rate and a quicker recovery time with areata if you take a hair loss supplement which can help speed up the process for those who are trying to regrow their hair back.

Traction Alopecia Vs Alopecia Areata

Traction Alopeca:
Pros: It can be avoided
Cons: Very hard to reverse

Alopecia Areata:
Pros: Hair will grow back
Cons: The hair loss is much more visible and dramatic.

Overall which ever form of hair loss one encounters can be very difficult and depressing to deal with. It’s about educating yourself and understanding that they are things you can do to prevent these from happening or at least give you an understanding of what you need to do in order to over come it and reverse the issue. Check out the video below that goes over the different hair styles causing alopecia.