Women with medium or long hair often use braids, buns or ponytails to gather their hair so that they can comfortably go about their daily activities. Additionally, the heat is a factor that forces them to use these accessories in order to withstand the high temperatures.
However, the abuse of intense hairstyles, braids, braids or ponytails with a lot of pressure are detrimental to hair health. This is because the use of these implements exerts tension or traction on the scalp causing the hair to fall out.
This type of alopecia is caused by excessive hair tension due to certain hairstyles. It is a different condition from androgenic alopecia (the most common), as no hormonal factors are involved in its development.
Traction alopecia is mainly due to repetitive and excessive hair pulling.
This condition occurs mostly in women, although men and children can also be affected.
Generally, anyone who resorts to daily or excessive use of ponytails, buns, braids or updos can suffer from traction alopecia.
This pressure and tension on the hair ends up damaging the hair follicles; when the hair is stretched for a long period of time, it loses strength and the hair follicle loosens, causing it to fall out.
To know if you have traction alopecia, it is necessary to know some of the symptoms of this condition, among which stand out:
The most important question that many people ask about traction alopecia is whether there is a cure for this condition. It should be noted that hair loss caused by this hair pathology is reversible in most cases.
For this reason, hair loss due to traction alopecia can be solved by simply stopping wearing tight hairstyles, avoiding the use of ponytails, braids and buns.
However, if you don't take enough care of yourself, hair loss caused by traction alopecia could be permanent.
Now that you know the symptoms of traction alopecia, if you suffer from this condition with these recommendations it will be much easier to avoid and prevent it. Here are some ways to prevent your hair from falling out:
If you know that tight hairstyles are the ones that cause traction alopecia, we recommend alternating hairstyles. If one day you wear your hair in a tight ponytail, the next day wear your hair loose so your scalp can rest.
An excellent alternative is the tousled updos, if you do not want to wear your hair loose you can make ponytails, buns or loose braids with loose hair, simulating a casual effect. This way your hair will be tied up, but with less tension than in other cases.
If you want to take care of your hair health, it is best to be cautious when using hair extensions, the ideal is to use these accessories in short periods of time, so they do not damage and weaken your natural hair.
One way to improve your hair health is to avoid sleeping with curlers, as they cause a lot of tension if they are kept for hours at a time. Nowadays, there are hair products on the market that you can use to define your curls, whether it be mousses, serums, masks or a hair dryer diffuser.