Stop Traction Alopecia
Traction alopecia is a common form of hair loss especially in women. One of the main reasons is the many different hair styles that women wear particularly African American women. The reason being that braiding the hair which is a very common hair style among African American women is one of the most common causes of traction alopecia. Women to tend to have tight braids should understand that when you pull on your hair follicles you are damaging the roots and follicles in the scalp making it difficult for hair to grow. If you’ve ever had your hair braided tight then you know the feeling of sensitivity when you get it braided.
The constant stress and pull on your hair can really irritate your scalp and cause your hair to slowly thin and eventually fall out. This isn’t something that someone needs to worry about if they get their hair braided once or twice, however those who constantly have their hair braided are at high risk of starting to develop traction alopecia especially if they start at a very young age. As mentioned this is very common in black women but it’s not exclusive by any means. Men are subjected to this as well and it doesn’t just have to be braids. Tight pony tails can also have the same effect on the scalp because it also pull on the hair follicles.
What can you do to prevent it?
One of the obviously ways to prevent you from experience this form of alopecia is to not wear the hair styles that will pull on your follicles. This would be the easiest and most effective way of never having to experience hair loss. You can also take supplements to grow your hair back but if you have server root damage there is only so much a medication can do and your hair may never grow back to what it was before. So prevention is the best method and it’s really easy to do. You can also try conditioning your hair with coconut oil for 30 minutes to ease the hair follicles and restoring it to it’s natural health. However as mentioned before you shouldn’t wait too long before traction alopecia gets too severe.