Traction Alopecia occurs when hair is subjected to extreme tension over a long period of time. Exceedingly tight ponytails and hairstyles such as braids and cornrows can cause this type of hair loss, as can an over-reliance on hair extensions. Although it is mainly experienced by women, it can affect both sexes.
This type of hair loss is easy to prevent, and relies on hairstyles being changed regularly to prevent over-tension on any one part of the head. If you are used to wearing your hair in a tight bun, or ponytail, then having days off from this style to let the hair recover and regain its strength will help prevent the onset of Traction Alopecia.
Similarly with hair weaves and extensions – always ensure you are using extensions of the highest quality and that they are applied by a hair care professional. You should have complete trust in your stylist and listen to their recommendations regarding care of your extensions as well as your own hair.
If your hairdresser recommends a break from extensions, it is highly advisable to do so, as continuing to put your hair under the strain of hosting extensions could lead to Traction Alopecia, one of the most common forms of female hair loss, as recently seen with supermodel Naomi Campbell.
As Traction Alopecia is not a medical illness, there are no other symptoms associated with it. However, some sufferers may find themselves with a persistent tension headache from where the hair is pulled too tight. This will ease as soon as the hair is released from its constrictive posture.
The hair loss itself, often focused around the hairline and temples, is treatable, provided that hair has not stopped growing entirely, as can occur in severe cases.
It is recommended that treatment for Traction Alopecia, such as Minoxidil, be applied over a minimum of three months. The Belgravia Centre’s hair loss programme bases its programmes around this treatment, licensed by the MHRA and its US counterpart the FDA for genetic hair loss but also effective for other conditions such as Traction Alopecia. Minoxidil helps ensure the scalp receives the important nutrients it needs.
These treatments are combined with Belgravia Centre’s hair boosters, such as Hair Vitalics, a supplement which works superbly as part of a balanced treatment programme to boost hair growth. The clinic will also provide specially formulated shampoos and conditioners which will help hair grow back stronger and healthier. All our Traction Alopecia clients are monitored using our advanced photo-scan technology, which takes images before and after your treatment to monitor progress. You can view hair growth photos of previous traction alopecia sufferers.
The easiest way to prevent Traction Alopecia is to vary your hairstyle, and, after treatment for the condition, to avoid any further tension on the affected areas. If you are worried about hair loss through Traction Alopecia then please contact the Belgravia Centre for an in-confidence consultation or fill in an online diagnostic form.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from 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 success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.