Most hair loss is hereditary, which means you have no control over the rate at which you lose your hair – apart from choosing a hair treatment that works for you and your condition, there’s not a lot you can do. Still, many causes of hair loss can be avoided, such as when your hair is thinning or falling due to poor dietary options. Another non-hereditary reason why you might find yourself with hair issues is your hairstyle, which can cause tractions alopecia.

Hair Tugging

Traction alopecia occurs after persistent pulling on the roots over several hours or days. This gentle pressure may go unnoticed until bald spots or alopecia develops, and can be due to applying hair extensions, clip-ins and braiding your hair, as well as doing cornrows. While the condition is most commonly caused by hairstyle, you can also develop it by vigorous combing or brushing.


Pulling your hair tightly in a bun can also cause traction alopecia, which is why it’s common to see professional ballerinas with this condition. In your everyday life it’s vital that you avoid styling your hair this way, so if you need to keep your hair out of the way, opt for a loose updo that doesn’t pull at your roots. This tight pulling is also becoming popular in men.


Although popular, this hairstyle is one of the most common causes for alopecia, since it leads to the same problem as wearing your hair in a bun: it restricts the blood circulation to your follicles. You can check if you’re in danger of developing traction alopecia through symptoms like bald spots, headaches and itchy scalp and, if you find that’s the case, it’s time to change styles!


Tight Barrettes

Children can also be affected by traction alopecia, since their hair is still growing and is less flexible than an adult’s. If they have an inappropriate hairstyle, such as one that pulls on their scalp, like barrettes fixed on too tightly, it’s possible that bald spots may appear. However, because a child is still developing, you can fix this issue by removing the hairstyle and giving it time to recover, a period in which you should avoid anything more than handling it gently.


Styling hair depends on personal preferences, so you might feel that it’s difficult to change what you’re used to and start wearing your hair in a different way. Still, if you’re at risk of developing traction alopecia or have already got it, removing the hairstyle that’s causing it is vital, as it can get worse otherwise.


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