Hair loss often occurs due to genetics, hormonal changes or stress. But in some cases, individuals may be the cause of their own hair loss. We have seen many patients who assumed their hair loss was related to medical condition when the loss was actually triggered by everyday things they were doing to their hair.
Tight, consistent hairstyles like ponytails, pigtails, braids, weaves and even wigs create constant tension on the hair, later causing breakage and fall out. The medical term for this is traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is a form of gradual hair loss, typically caused by pulling force that we are applying to our hair.
Can traction alopecia be reversed?
Fall out from traction alopecia is usually not noticed right away and can be reversed if caught in the early stages. It has been found that the hair loss could eventually be permanent if intervention doesn’t happen soon enough.
If you are someone who wears tight hairstyles and notices irritation, redness, or itchiness, take a break and give your scalp time to heal and recover. If your hairstyle is literally giving you a headache or causing discomfort, consider loosening the bands or changing the style.
Most of the time hair loss is discovered along the hairline or around where the hair is parted. If balding or thinning is noticed, we are able to offer our patients many topical options that they can use to camouflage and help with the regrowth process, such as SureThik Thickening fibers, topical finasteride & minoxidil, Nutrafol hair supplements, and/or scalp micro-pigmentation.
If hair loss is permanent, surgical options with FUE or FUT hair transplantation is best and may be combined with non-surgical solutions for maximum results.
As Utah’s leader in hair restoration, we are able to offer individuals a wide variety of hair restoration options that best fit their needs. However, the best way to avoid traction alopecia is to notice the signs early before hair loss is permanent. Be cautious about how tight and how often your hair is being pulled tight. If you are someone who has to wear tight braids or weaves, longer breaks in-between can be very beneficial for healthy, fuller hair.
To learn more about hair restoration options in SLC, Utah, please call or text our office at (801)776-2220 or contact us HERE.