Hair loss in women due to traction alopecia

Hair loss in women due to traction alopecia

What is traction alopecia?

Hair is lost gradually due to the force induced applied to it in the form of tight braids and ponytails. The hair is under constant strain and tension that pulls at it forcefully. On physical examination, frontal fibrosing alopecia is noticed with a hairline that has a pseudo-fringe sign. The hairstyles pull the hair hard towards the vertex of the scalp resulting in scarring. During advanced stages of traction alopecia, the hair follicles are permanently scarred and do not grow again.

Causes of traction alopecia

Symptoms of traction alopecia

The symptoms of traction alopecia are fairly different from other forms of alopecia:

Prevention is the best treatment for traction alopecia. To prevent the condition, avoid the use of relaxers, sleep-rollers, hair dryers, wigs and chemical processing of the hair.

Treatment for traction alopecia

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