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Is Your Hairstyle Causing Hair Loss?

Stevie Wonder HairlineWhen hair loss occurs it is often distressing, no matter what the underlying reasons for it may be. Many hair loss conditions are unavoidable to some extent, such as those caused by genetic factors, as with Male Pattern Baldness.  Others, such as Alopecia Areata and Telogen Effluvium can be triggered by illness, or by traumatic and stressful events which are out of the individual’s control. But in some cases the condition that causes hair loss is entirely avoidable.

Traction Alopecia

Traction Alopecia is a form of hair loss which generally occurs as a direct result of how the hair is treated. When hair follicles are subjected to excessive amounts of tension and strain over a long period of time, they can become damaged and cease to grow properly. The most common cause of this is particular types of hairstyle which are worn tightly, such as braids, cornrows, buns and some ponytails. A good example of somebody who has experienced this type of hair loss is Stevie Wonder – his hair has been tied tightly back for so many years that you can see the effects it has had on his hairline.

Hair loss due to Traction Alopecia is generally patchy, and localised around the areas of the scalp which are subjected to the most tension.


Traction Alopecia can also be caused by excessive use of chemicals to modify the appearance of the hair, such as dyes and bleaches. Particularly in the case of bleaching, the chemicals used to alter the appearance of the hair can also do serious damage, making it brittle and prone to breaking. Similarly, regular use of hair straighteners and other styling methods which apply extreme heat to the hair can cause damage that leads to hair loss.

How to deal with Traction Alopecia

If you’ve noticed patchy hair loss around the top or sides of your scalp and think it may be due to Traction Alopecia, the best thing to do is immediately change your hairstyle to one which is looser and more natural, to prevent further damage. In most cases, the hair loss should only be temporary, provided that it is noticed early and steps are taken to reverse the process. However if the condition has persisted unchecked for a considerable length of time, there is a risk that the hair loss may be permanent.

Talk to the hair loss experts

At The Belgravia Centre we have seen, and successfully treated, many cases of Traction Alopecia.  Our team of hair loss experts will work with you to identify the primary causes of the condition and how these can be rectified. We can then provide treatments tailored specifically to your hair, aimed at stabilising the hair and also promoting re-growth.

We use a diverse range of methods to ensure the best possible results when treating hair loss, ranging from pharmaceutical products, such as Propecia and Minoxidil, to nutritional supplements which are used to restore health and vitality to the hair.

You can see how successful our treatments for Traction Alopecia can be by referencing some of the before and after photographs on our website. To find out more about how we can help you to re-grow your hair and restore it to health, contact us for a consultation or fill out our online diagnostic form.

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