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Traction Alopecia

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Traction Alopecia

Hair loss resulting from forced epilation of the hair shaft often resulting in permanent hair loss. This will occur in females both adult and child of all ethnic backgrounds. Afro Carribean (afroid) women are more likely to be affected. This is due to various common hair styling techniques (cane rows etc) that often far too tight.

Can traction loss be cured? – the answer is no. However, women’s hair surgery is definitely an option that is suitable will give you back your hair. Surgery sounds major. Well any form of surgery involves a certain degree of discomfort and recovery time. Todays methods of women’s hair surgery are much quicker, cheaper and the recovery time is minimal. If this is a consideration for you why don’t you arrange a free consultation and we can firstly make sure you are a suitable candidate. If so we can take you through the procedure. FUT Procedures tend to be the preferred option.

For some of you it will be too late. The hair has gone and the only option for you is to ether wear a wig or hair piece. Alternatively, you may be suitable for hair surgery. This is a simple process of transferring hair from the back of the head to the area in need. We are a clinic that undertakes such procedures. Please feel free to give us a ring and we can explain how it wall works. You can look at the following pages as well which will help. Afro Hair Surgery, Womens’ Hair Surgery, FUE FUT Hair Transplants.

Hair Extentions

In most cases using extensions will cause traction alopecia. Even though your har is very strong the additional weight of the extensions will I’m time cause the hair to be epilated which will eventually lead to permanent hair loss.

Other causes of traction alopecia include: tracks, styling rollers, pleats, long hair dressed and held in chignons and ponytails. All of these hair styles are associated with hairdressing procedures. Affected areas include the occipital hair line, auriculars and anterior margins. However, the whole scalp may be affected depending on the hair style used.

Cane Rows and Plaits

I have mentioned these as they are a cause of many forms of traction alopecia. They are often far too tight thus the hair will epilate in time. Maybe when you have this style next time you will think about having them looser.


Weaves will in 99.9% of cases lead to hair loss. Most will fall under the umbrella of traction alopecia. They say the simplest way to remove a problem is to remove the cause. Well if you are wearing a weave Take it out!. Blunt I know but believe me you will thank me for this advice.

If you would like advice on traction alopecia or any hair loss or scalp condition please contact the advice line above. Or complete the contact page above and a trichologist will be in touch.

Traction Alopecia in children

A child should never suffer from traction alopecia . It is you as the adult that through hair styling is the most likely cause. Think of your child as having much weaker hair? Maybe have the hair natural? I see too many parents with their children suffering from traction alopecia. For some reason hairdressers tell clients that having the hair tight will help it grow? This is absolute nonsense. Finally f you notice hair shedding around the hair line then the chances are its traction alopecia so as a parent take out what ever hair style your child has.

The simple tightness test

The best way to test to see if the hair style is too tight is to attempt to insert a finger between the hair and scalp. If this can be done easily then this should not be an issue.

Other useful links include Afro scalp, Afro Hair Loss, womens Hair loss, Alopecia Areata, Itchy Scalp, Dry Scalp, The Holborn Clinic, London Trichologist

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