What is Traction Alopecia?

Traction Alopecia is an unfortunate side effect to years of hairstyles that pull on the hair. Tight ponytails, pigtails and braids are the primary culprits on Traction Alopecia. Over years of hair abuse and the constant pulling on the hair, the root becomes so damaged that it is unable to continue to grow a hair.

Some of the most famous cases of Traction Alopecia are Naomi Campbell and Britney Spears. Years of having their hair styled for shows and performances has taken its toll. Both now have to wear weaves or hair extensions to conceal the damage they have done, and this in turn may be doing more and more damage to the hair they have left.

Constant stress on your hair can only do damage, so its important that high stress hair styles are not worn often. Traction Alopecia can't be treated, so the damage is permanent. The only way to get hair to grow back in these would be to have a hair transplant. 

What to avoid:

  • Dreadlocks
  • Braids
  • Cornrows
  • Tight Ponytails
  • Extensions glued or tightly tied to the base of the hair

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