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Best Dallas Fort Worth Hair Restoration Experts Explain What is Traction Alopecia?

September 10, 2022 Episode 252
KISS PR Brand Story Press Release Service Podcast
Best Dallas Fort Worth Hair Restoration Experts Explain What is Traction Alopecia?
Show Notes

As hair replacement and restoration experts, our DFW based team sees a wide variety of different hair loss patterns, with our consumers experiencing balding, receding hairlines, and other forms of hair loss for different reasons.

In this article, Folicure hair replacement experts discuss a lesser-known form of hair loss: traction alopecia.

What is Traction Alopecia?

While it is generally assumed that hair loss is purely down to genetic luck, there are some lifestyle factors that can lead to hair loss. Stress, poor nutrition, and certain health conditions are among these factors, but a less commonly discussed cause of hair loss named traction alopecia is the result of anything that puts pressure on or pulls your hair, such as overly tight ponytails or wearing tight hats too frequently.

What Are the Symptoms of Traction Alopecia?

Unlike regular age-related hair loss, traction alopecia has symptoms in addition to hair loss, including:

  • redness of the scalp

  • bumps

  • soreness or stinging of the scalp

  • itching

  • scaling

  • inflammation of the hair follicles, known as folliculitis

  • pus-filled blisters on the scalp

With no intervention, affected hair follicles eventually become so damaged and scarred that they can no longer produce new strands of hair, leading to bald patches in those areas.

Furthermore, the pattern of traction alopecia usually differs from that of other forms of hair loss. While other forms of alopecia usually occur all over the scalp, beginning at the hairline or the crown of the head, traction alopecia usually only affects the hairs that are being pulled. This can result in uneven balding patterns, usually most concentrated along the front and sides of your scalp.

What Causes Traction Alopecia? Prevention and Treatment

Fortunately, traction alopecia is a preventable condition. The causes of traction alopecia are activities that involve pulling the hair too tight on a frequent basis. This includes:

  • wearing overly tight ponytails or buns

  • wearing overly tight cornrows, box braids, locs, or other protective hairstyles for textured hair

  • using hair extensions or weaves

  • tightly wrapping hair in rollers overnight

  • wearing tight hats, such as beanies, all day long

If you notice early symptoms of traction alopecia, such as itching, bumps, redness, or soreness of the scalp, it is best to stop any of the habits that may be pulling on your hair follicles. Blisters, sores, and bumps will likely require antibiotic cream to prevent infection or topical steroids to reduce inflammation.

Is Traction Alopecia Reversible?

According to Healthline, “Traction alopecia is reversible, but you need to treat it quickly. If you stop wearing your hair in the tight hairstyle that caused it, your hair will grow back normally. But if you continue styling your hair the same way, the hair loss can be permanent.”

In other words, a quick intervention when early symptoms present themselves can reverse the damage done by traction alopecia and allow the affected hair to regrow. However, traction alopecia can cause permanent hair loss.

In this case, hairline restoration is still possible with a painless, non-surgical hair replacement system customized for your unique hair type, texture, and style.