What is Traction Alopecia?
Traction Alopecia is a type of hair loss caused by excessive amounts of tension being placed on the hair shafts. This causes the hair to be pulled and can damage the follicle.
Over long periods of time under these circumstances, Traction Alopecia will cause the production of hair to slow down and finally cease.
What causes Traction Alopecia?
Hairstyles that place the roots of the hair under constant pressure are the main cause of Traction Alopecia. These include tightly-fitting hair extensions, weaves, hairpieces and tautly woven styles like braids and cornrows.
What are the signs of Traction Alopecia and who does it affect?
Traction Alopecia generally affects the hairline, causing hair loss around the front of the scalp and at the temples.
Due to the nature of the hairstyles that tend to cause Traction Alopecia, this hair loss condition is predominantly seen in women.
However, men who wear their hair in tight braids, dreadlocks or sport hair extensions are also susceptible to Traction Alopecia.
Many celebrities, dancers and models suffer from this condition due to their over-use of hair extensions and tightly-fixed hair embellishments, such as hairpieces.
How is Traction Alopecia treated?
Depending on the stage that the hair loss caused by Traction Alopecia has reached, it is possible to grow some hair back and stop any further hair loss, as long as no further tension is applied to the areas.
A topical preparation of high strength minoxidil forms the basis of Belgravia’s comprehensive hair loss treatment programmes for Traction Alopecia. These regrowth plans are suitable for both men and women and include hair regrowth boosters to aid the work of the minoxidil. These boosters also help your hair and any regrowth to be strong and healthy.
Once the follicles affected by Traction Alopecia have ceased to produce hair, treatment will not be effective. This will be the case if the hair has been under large amounts of strain for many years and the areas of traction alopecia hair loss are completely bald (these areas will appear shiny). However, it is usually worth giving treatment for Traction Alopecia a try for a minimum of three months to see how the hair responds.
Examples of Traction Alopecia Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories
Many patients experiencing Traction Alopecia are monitored with our advanced photo-scan technology. The examples below all show Belgravia clients who have sought our help for Traction Alopecia and whose stories, including further progress images, can be seen in our Hair Loss Success Stories gallery – the most extensive collection of ‘Before and During’ hair loss treatment images anywhere in the world. To see the full Success Stories for the individuals pictured below, simply click on their photos.