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Your Hair Style Could be Causing Hair Loss

Avatar • Dec 8, 2011

via The Beauty Brains

If you’re worried about hair loss, you may be interested in this hair loss researchpublished in the British Journal of Dermatology.  It turns out that hairstyles involving tight braiding (corn rows) or hair extensions can lead to permanent hair loss. That’s right, gone…no more…bald patches for life.  The situation is made even worse if straightening chemicals are used.

According to the researchers who examined over 2000 people in South Africa, one third of women had “traction alopecia” as did 1 out of 7 children.  And the worst part is that it’s likely that the hair won’t grow back.

What’s Causing the Hair Loss?

The Beauty Brains have previously talked about traction alopecia. It is a condition in which a constant pulling action loosens hair from its follicular roots. The hair falls out and the follicle becomes inflamed. This can lead to the follicle shutting down and a permanent bald patch.

Traction alopecia is more common among African American population because of corn row hair styles and the more frequent use of hair relaxers.  It also has become more frequent among female athletes who wear their hair in tight pony tails and nurses using bobby pins to secure their caps.

How Do You Stop This Hair Loss?

The best advice is to stop wearing these kinds of hair styles. But if you do, make sure to give your hair a “rest”. Don’t keep braids in for days on end. Don’t keep your hair in a super tight pony tail.

Admittedly, it’s a rare condition but it does happen. Treat your hair kind and you can keep it for a long time. Pull on it too much and it just might not come back.

Ladies, have you ever rocked a style that resulted in hair loss or thinning edges?

See this article by a dermatologist at the Hershey Medical Center for more information.

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Dominique-Alexis
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I love that hair style! It’s so pretty. Interesting article as well.

Jenilin
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Jenilin

Recently i have had a complete hair breakdown! It was nearly as if sum one took electrical clippers an just went at it! at the time i was super depressed and stressed so im sure that didnt help then i began putting my hair up in ponytails just so i wouldnt have to deal with it Even didnt oil my hair for like days! it was bad! now finally growing it back out again! taken time and energy. Constant grooming. no brushes, no oil with petrolatum, wide tooth comb, wash every 2 days aswell as condition. Have yet to perm… Read more »

Porsha G.
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Porsha G.

I love braids but over the years they have pulled my hair line back and thinned my edges a bit…I had to stop but im getn that urge for micros again :-{

Aisha Lodge
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Aisha Lodge

Yes, I’ve experienced some hair loss back when French-Rolls were popular. The pins infused with “Stiff Stuff” spray — stuck together and bonded, thus pulling out my hair when time came for undoing. I learn not to keep a hairstyle in over long periods(trying to get my money worth). Gels and firm holding sprays are contributing factors too.

LadyV69
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LadyV69

I have thin edges due to wearing tight ponytails, tight cornrows and micros for a number of years. Even though I’ve been fully natural for two years, my edges haven’t grown as much as the rest of my hair, so I’ve accepted the fact that they may never grow back fully.

Debbie
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I suffered from the same problem too. Well done on going natural, it certainly is a big commitment. But you’re right, frying your scalp every so often doesn’t help traction alopecia. Stopping the tight cornrows etc makes sure you don’t lose any more hair, but if you want to “revive” the follicles that haven’t grown back a hair loss treatment like Regaine/Rogaine might be a good idea. As long as it is traction alopecia, your new growth won’t fall out.

arlette
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arlette

i have been using extensions for eva. i dont know what to do y hair is not long but not short enough to leave as an afro. the climate in lndon england is horrid so either putting it in braids is my only option plus twists dont suite me.

Dani
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Dani

1/3 of the subjects had traction alopecia! Wow!

lebo
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lebo

i’m a zimbabwean living in south africa & have seen A LOT of women with traction alopecia. the main reason?cause is that wen they take out 1 weave, they immediately relax and put in another…all in 1 hairdressing session!
there’s a lot of pressure out here to have “perfect” i.e straight hair & noone really thinks about the consequences…

Whitney
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Whitney

Yes, I had this happen while I wore weave and micro braid hairstyles. My edges were so thin, that the hair loss went two to three inches back from the orginal hairlines. I had the same problem with half wigs too. My advice-Castor oil and no heat!

Nia D.
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This is so true! Whether your hair is permed or natural it is essential not to strain your hair with styles, or over manipulation for specific styles. I remember (long before I was natural) I was on the dance team in the marching band and was REQUIRED to wear fake ponytails similar to what Tyra is wearing in the picture. I lost a lot of hair in the middle of my head, and also around my edges due to straining. It took a few years for my hair to regain the thickness and length. Definitely not worth it!

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