HAIR LOSS FROM TRACTION & PULLING
Do you almost always wear your hair in braids, ponytails, buns, weaves or extensions? If yes, and you are seeing signs of thinning or even hair loss, you may be experiencing traction alopecia. Traction hair loss is due to repeat, mechanical stress and pulling on the hair follicle.
Traction alopecia can be permanent if left untreated – but the good news is if you catch fix traction alopecia. INTACT combined with loosening up on tight hairstyles can get you on your way to traction alopecia recovery.
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Signs of Permanent Traction Alopecia
Signs of traction alopecia typically start with excessive hair shedding, soreness or tightness on the scalp – particularly after letting hair down from being tied up or braided. As the condition persists, signs will become more severe such as itchiness and tightness, swelling at the hair follicle, follicular pustules, broken hairs and ultimately balding patches.
The hair loss often appears at the hairline and temple region from the excessive pulling and tension. Scarring can also be present and the cessation of hair growth. If you are experiencing these more extreme signs, it is important to see a doctor or hair loss specialist to seek treatment and products for traction alopecia to avoid permanent hair loss.
How to Treat Traction Alopecia?
If caught early enough, traction alopecia can be reversed without the need of a doctor. The best solution to reversing traction alopecia is to stop the source of hair pulling and tension on the hair follicles.
Keep in mind, immediate results should not be expected as traction alopecia repair time takes several months. The hair follicles need to recover from the strain in order to regrow the hair after so much chronic pulling and stress. Be patient – and as hard as it may be – do not revert to your previous hairstyles and practices that once pulled on the hair.
Check out our blog post Hair Styles for Women and Traction Alopecia if you are interested in learning more about how to wear your hair while you give your hair and scalp a break during traction alopecia treatment.
Hair Shedding or Hair Loss
What’s the Difference?
Due to the multitude of factors that may contribute to hair loss and the many kinds of hair loss conditions, it can be overwhelming to understand this complex issue. Even understanding the difference between hair shedding and hair loss can be difficult as this terminology is often used interchangeably. Let’s take a closer look at how they do indeed differ.
Normal hair shedding is considered 50-150 strands a day. At times, and due to certain life changes or practices, we may experience more hair fall. When the body sheds hair excessively, this is called Telogen Effluvium. Typically, this type of hair shedding is temporary and can be resolved once the cause is addressed. Hair will go back to its normal growth cycle in 6-9 months.
Hair Shedding Triggers
• Acute stress
• Sickness with high fever
• Giving birth
• Rapid weight loss / crash dieting
• Having an operation
Hair loss on the other hand is when hair stops growing. This type of hair loss is called Anagen Effluvium. Hereditary hair loss, auto-immune disorders and drugs, medical treatments or certain health disorders will trigger anagen effluvium. A dermatologist can help you determine if you have hair loss or excessive hair shedding and can put you on the right path to resolving your condition.
Hair Loss Triggers
• Genetic hair loss, called Female Pattern Hair Loss
• Immune disorders
• Permanent Traction Alopecia
• Trichotillomania – disorder where one pulls their own hair out
• Chemotherapy-induced alopecia