Are You Suffering From Traction Alopecia?

Real alopecia areata in a young girl. Alopecia is a term used to describe hair loss and it affects millions of women around the world, including celebrities. Traction alopecia is a little different from the medical condition. It occurs when hair is repeatedly pulled. Tight braids, ponytails, buns, and chemicals found in some hair products can all cause the condition.

Traction alopecia is reversible, also long as you catch the condition in time. Otherwise, your hair loss may become permanent.

What are the Symptoms of Traction Alopecia?

The primary symptoms of traction alopecia are broken and missing hair. It occurs most often on the sides and front of your scalp, but other areas can be affected. It often depends on your daily hairstyle.

Other indications your hair loss may be due to traction alopecia are:

  • redness of the scalp
  • bumps
  • soreness or stinging of your scalp
  • itching
  • scaling
  • folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles)
  • pus-filled blisters on your scalp

Over time, the follicles can become so damaged and scarred that they can’t produce new hair. Traction alopecia is different from other types of alopecia. Instead of affecting areas all over the scalp, it only causes hair loss where the hair is being pulled.

What Causes Traction Alopecia?

Pulling on your hair or wearing it in a tight hairstyle can result in traction alopecia. For example:

  • pull your hair back into a tight ponytail or bun
  • wear tight braids, cornrows, or dreadlocks
  • use hair extensions or weaves
  • put your hair up in rollers overnight

Women with long hair can also develop the condition. The hair’s weight can cause it to pull out of the scalp. Traction alopecia is not limited to women, it can also affect men.

Treating Traction Alopecia

The main treatment is to change your hairstyle and reduce the use of heat and chemicals. Other treatment options include:

  • antibiotics to prevent infection in any open sores
  • topical steroids to bring down swelling on your scalp
  • antifungal shampoos
  • minoxidil (Rogaine) to regrow hair
  • biotin supplements to strengthen your hair

You may even want to consider a NeoGraft hair transplant. If you are suffering from the condition contact West End Hair Restoration online or call their Washington, D.C. office at 202-785-4187.


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