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Dreadlocks Can Cause Hair Loss

dreadlockWhilst it’s true that 95% of hair loss in men is down to the genetic condition male pattern hair loss, the other 5% can include factors linked to how you treat your hair and how you style it. In relation to this, it’s true that putting too much pressure on the hair follicle over an extended period of time can result in hair loss via a condition called traction alopecia.

Traction alopecia occurs when hair is worn in either very tight styles, such as corn rows, or when the weight of braids or dreadlocks pull on the follicle, causing undue pressure.

Deadly Dreads

The twisting involved in maintaining dreadlocks, plus the weight that they exert on the hair, can and does lead to traction alopecia in many men, despite the condition often being more associated with women on account of hair extensions and weaves being another cause of the condition.

So, if you’re a man who has noticed that his dreadlocks are falling out, or becoming seemingly less anchored to the head as the hair is pulled out, the first step is to consider cutting them off, as the problem will only become worse over time as more and more hair follicles are damaged.

Once the pressure on the follicles has been relieved, hair may grow back by itself, though this can take anything up to a year to happen. If you’re concerned that your hair is not returning to its previous thickness, a hair loss treatment plan may be in order. At Belgravia, we find that our unique extra-strength minoxidil cream achieves the best results for men with hair loss from traction alopecia.

When Hair Doesn’t Return

Minoxidil is a topical treatment that works by stimulating hair growth in the areas to which it is applied, providing that follicles have not ceased to produce hair completely. Whilst scientists are still unsure exactly what makes minoxidil such an effective treatment, the fact is that in both clinical trials and Belgravia’s experience, it consistently performs well with regards to stimulating hair growth for thinning hair.

Of course, it’s worth considering whether you might also be experiencing male pattern hair loss simultaneously with traction alopecia. If your hairline is moving back at your temples, or if the thinning appears to be predominantly atop your head, it’s possible that this genetic condition is impacting your hair, too.

Other Causes

A diagnosis from a hair loss specialist would be able to pinpoint exactly what type (or types) of hair loss you’re experiencing, and should pattern loss come into it, combining minoxidil with a second proven hair loss medication, Propecia, can help to prevent baldness.

Like minoxidil, Propecia has been licensed by the MHRA and approved buy the FDA to treat hair loss. Propecia works by blocking DHT, the androgen hormone that causes follicular miniaturisation atop the scalp whereby thinner, weaker hairs are produced.

If left untreated, both sustained pressure on the follicle and genetic hair loss can lead to baldness that is medically untreatable, so it’s important to begin a hair loss treatment plan sooner rather than later. The two proven medications, along with various treatment boosters to give hair a helping hand, can provide you with the most effective means of dealing with hair loss for your individual case.

The Belgravia Centre—————————————————————————————————–

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacies produce high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centres or for home-use, anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.

 

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