Traction Alopecia In Ethnic Women: You Should Know
Traction alopecia in ethnic women is fast becoming one of the major causes of hair loss.
What is this condition?
Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss, caused primarily by a pulling force on the roots of the hair, explains Rasheed Patel from Fusion Labs. It is more common in women, and on average, one out of four women have the condition. “This is because the hair styles women choose are more prone to hair root trauma.” Eloise Steyn, senior stylist at Gary Rom Hairdressing, Woodlands, adds that traction alopecia is hair loss due to continuous traction or pulling of the hair and your scalp may be very sensitive to touch.
“This type of hair loss is within your control and you can prevent it by changing the way you style your be reversed. “The ‘advantage’ of this type of hair loss is that it is partially in control of the individual. Ethnic hair is more prone, however, it can happen to any hair type that has root trauma. Patel adds that any high-tension hairstyle, including braids, tight ponytails, dreadlocks, cornrows, weaves, hair piece attachments and headbands, can cause traction alopecia. “The constant strain induced by these techniques places tension on the hair roots and damages the dermal papilla (the engine of hair follicle). Over a prolonged period, the stress on the hair root leads to hair thinning and hair loss.”
What can be done about traction alopecia?
Patel adds: “If traction alopecia has been identified too late for recovery, for those individuals, hair transplants are still a successful and viable option, despite it being a last resort. Reversing hair loss is not always easy, but it is doable.”
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