How To Know If You Have Traction Alopecia
Understanding what traction alopecia is ( Go to Article ) and knowing that it can be prevented is the first and most important concept to wrap your head around. You don’t have to worry about you’re hair permanently falling out if you can catch it soon enough.
It’s pretty easy to recognize that you are probably suffering from any type of hair loss. You will notice that your losing hair more than normal and may start to notice bald spots. One notable sign would be one side of your hair being thicker than the other or you’ll start to notice the lines or gapes in between your hair to start spreading further apart.
If you’re someone who braids their hair a lot of wears it in a tight ponytail, you have probably experienced some sort of relief when undoing your pony tail or braids. If you have also experienced any sort of soreness on your scalp after such hair styles you could possibly be suffering from traction alopecia due to the stress that you are putting on your hair follicles especially if you notice that the follicles are inflamed and starting to get very red.
Can Traction Alopecia It Cause Permanent Damage?
In short, yes. If your hair is constantly being pulled tight and constantly applying pressure to the hair follicles you can permanently damage the growth of you hair, resulting in permanent balding or very thin and unhealthy hair due to the hair follicles becoming damaged and will result in blisters.
Traction Alopecia: Is It Preventable?
This is the good news. Yes traction alopecia can be prevented. If you can avoid using styles that cause a lot of stress on your hair follicles and resist habits such as always pulling on your hair, you wont’ have to worry about getting traction alopecia.
Hairstyles You Should Avoid
Ponytails are okay as long as you’re not pulling it too tight. The whole point is to not cause so much stress on your hair.
It Take Time To Recover
Traction Alopecia recovery process can take some time depending on the severity of the situation. It can take up to 8 months on average, and if you detect it early and start treating it early the process can speed up to about 6 months, with a year being for extreme cases.