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Traction Alopecia Causes
Traction Alopecia on the rise. It might be strange to think of females as young as 17 getting a hair transplant, but hair transplant surgeons at transplant clinics are seeing an increase in the number of young women seeking hair transplants, most of them African-American.
The reason for the rise is Traction Alopecia, a hair loss condition caused by damage to the dermal papilla and hair follicle by constant pulling or tension over a extended period.When you see those fine tiny bumps showing up in front of braids... your braids are too tight! Take appropiate action...you may be able to lubricate this pulling tension with some liquid vitamin E from Walgreens or Osco. Next time you cannot get someone to loosen up on those tight braids JUST STOP!
If you don't stop you will become another Traction hair loss statistic and will have to wear bangs for the rest of your life.
This condition is also common in Sikh men of India and Japanese women whose traditional hair styles also pull and damage there hair. Traction hair loss occurs more frequently in children, teenagers and young adults then it does in older women.
Traction hair loss in children is caused by their mothers mostly because they think braids and cornrows are cute... its not cute when your daughter grows up and is hurt because of her hairloss that could have been avoided altogether. The mother was not taking notice and educated of what the braiding and cornrowing has done to her daughter's beautiful hair... I have seen this personally and it burns me up to see a pretty young girl loose her sides and temples from this condition.
Traction hair loss is reversible if diagnosed early, but may lead to permanent hair loss if it is undetected for a prolonged period. Hair loss is often in the frontal and temporal regions, but also depends on the hair style. With those who wear cornrows. The area most commonly affected is that adjacent to the region that is braided try a Cool light laser.
Traction Alopecia can also occur due to overprocessing of the hair. Chemical treatment of hair with high lift hair colors, bleaches, or straighteners disrupts the keratin structure in a manner that reduces its tensile strength. The hair can become fragile, and heavy fall out can occur with brushing or combing.
This condition occurs more in younger people than older individuals.
The best way of dealing with traction alopecia is to detect it as early as possible stop the braiding, change any hairstyles which cause unnecessary tension on the hair roots .
If a person notices any unwarranted hair loss then it would be advisable to seek the services of a qualified dermatologist who will be able to establish whether it is caused by alopecia or not.
There are instances when traction alopecia is sometimes confused with dermatitis, dandruff or eczema; however, all these ailments are distinctly different.
Research has shown that the amount of people with this condition continues to rise and this is mainly due to unawareness. Creating sufficient awareness about this problem is the most effective way of reducing the number of cases.
Unfortunately, no medical treatment is available to reverse late-stage traction hair loss. Hair grafts have been identified as the only practical solution.
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