What are the Causes of Traction Alopecia?
Braids may cause traction alopecia
Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that happens over time. It's caused by putting the hair under constant strain or tension and is usually caused by one or more of the following...
*Very tight ponytails or pigtails
*Tight braids or cornrows
*Extension (single) braids
*Hair weaves or wigs attached with glue, clips or tape
*Certain hair clips, slides or barrettes that hold the hair tightly and are worn in the same position every day
*Headbands - even fabric ones - worn day after day
*Tight headgear like cycling helmets that are worn frequently or for long stretches of time and tend to rub or pull repeatedly on the same area of hair
*Repeated use of hair rollers
*Repeated pulling of the hair with the hands (this is an emotional condition called trichotillomania)
If you use or do any of the above, then
you may find that the constant tension they cause has led to areas of thinning hair - usually around the temples or behind your ears. Alternatively, you might notice that the part in your hair looks wider than it used to.
If so, then it's quite likely that you're suffering from traction alopecia.
There's more to this condition than hair simply breaking off. Instead, the constant tension in the affected area either pulls out the hairs' roots completely, or causes the follicles to become inflamed. As time goes by, the damage to the follicles causes them to become atrophied (wasted away)... and if you don't put a stop to the cause of the problem, they will reach the point where they no longer produce hair at all.
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