The Causes of Hair Loss By Traction Alopecia

Trac­tion alope­cia is form of hair loss result­ing in bald patches where the scalp Clip on hair extensions can lead to thinning hairhas been dam­aged. It often found in women who wear tight hair styles, which require exten­sive pulling on hair fol­li­cles, and users of hair exten­sions. While not per­ma­nent, the scalp may take months or even years to fully recover from the dam­age it has received.

The causes of hair loss of this kind are var­ied, but each type results in the same inflam­ma­tion of the scalp and dam­age to the fol­li­cles. The main cause of trac­tion alope­cia is a defor­ma­tion of the hair fol­li­cles, which occurs due to pulling, ten­sion and exces­sive weight on the hair.

The nat­ural growth cycle for a hair fol­li­cle involves going into a peri­odic dor­mant state, dur­ing which time the fol­li­cle repairs itself. When the fol­li­cle is deformed, the dor­mant state is length­ened; and some­times becomes per­ma­nent. In these sit­u­a­tions, the roots weaken and the hair no longer grows.

As a direct result of many fol­li­cles going into a pro­longed dor­mant state, bald patches appear. This is known as trac­tion alope­cia. In addi­tion, the scalp will often become itchy and inflamed in the area where the dam­age has been caused; which in itself can lead to fur­ther dam­age due to scratch­ing and rubbing.

Pulling on the Hair Follicles

One of the main causes of hair loss in suf­fer­ers of trac­tion alope­cia is down to exces­sive pulling on the hair, and thus on the hair fol­li­cles.  Hair­styles such as pony­tails, which pull hair tightly at the crown, exert a lot of pres­sure on the hair fol­li­cles, which lead them to deform.

Pulling on the hair fol­li­cles is also caused by an exces­sive hair styling regime that Tight buns place tension on the hair follicles around the hairlinerequires a lot of comb­ing and teas­ing of the hair in order to cre­ate the right look. When you wear a style like that, con­sider tak­ing a few days off and let­ting your hair recover after­wards; to give your hair a chance to recover.

Ten­sion on the hair

Ten­sion on the hair is a major hair loss con­di­tion because it actively deforms the hair fol­li­cle. Ten­sion is caused by pulling on the hair through tight weaves, and also by adding weight to the hair; as occurs when using hair extensions.

Tight weave braid­ing, whether for hair exten­sions or sim­ply as part of a hair style, involves hold­ing each strand of hair under sig­nif­i­cantly increased ten­sion. This pulls on the roots of the hair and, when the hair grows, the ten­sion is only increased. The tighter the braids and the closer the braids are knit to the scalp, the more ten­sion the hair is under.

This results in dam­aged hair fol­li­cles, weaker hair roots and, even­tu­ally, bald patches caused by trac­tion alopecia.

Exces­sive weight on the hair

Hair fol­li­cles are not designed to carry a lot of weight. The scalp sprouts hair that it can carry but any extra weight placed on the hair can over­load the fol­li­cles in the scalp; which causes defor­ma­tion of the fol­li­cles and thus leads to baldness.

Extra weight is placed on the hair by attach­ing hair exten­sions. Exten­sions can be added using a vari­ety of meth­ods, from tra­di­tional beeswax and mod­ern glues; to braid­ing the exten­sions into the hair; or even tightly braid­ing the nat­ural hair and stitch­ing the exten­sions into the braids. Each attach­ment method adds weight to the hair, which pulls on the follicles.

Scratch­ing and Rubbing

One source of trac­tion alope­cia that is often over­looked is due to mechan­i­cal dam­age to the scalp in the form of scratch­ing and rub­bing. Rub­bing often occurs where tightly-fitted hel­mets are worn, such as crash hel­mets and safety hel­mets worn in the work­place. These press onto the scalp and rub both the scalp itself and any hair caught between scalp and hat.

Sim­i­larly, when the head is scratched repeat­edly and on a reg­u­lar basis, as can hap­pen with an inflamed scalp caused by exces­sive hair styling, the hair is put under pres­sure and the dam­age to the scalp is exacerbated.

The result is that the hair is con­tin­u­ally pulled while under pres­sure, and the scalp is inflamed. As with pulling and ten­sion due to hair­styling, this causes dam­age to the hair fol­li­cles and trac­tion alope­cia can occur as a direct result.

The causes of hair loss by trac­tion alope­cia are var­ied but their effects on the scalp are sim­i­lar. Each of the var­i­ous causes dam­ages the hair fol­li­cles, deform­ing them and caus­ing their dor­mant phases to elon­gate. The hair roots become weaker and the hair will even­tu­ally either snap or sim­ply fall out, at which point bald spots begin to appear. The only solu­tion is to give the scalp time to heal itself; a process that can be sped up by using inter­nal and exter­nal treat­ments for trac­tion alope­cia hair loss.

Recovering From Traction Alopecia

Trac­tion alope­cia can strike any­one at any age. It causes patches of bald­ness on Naomi Campbell's traction alopecia hair loss is a result of wearing weaves continuouslyoth­er­wise healthy scalps due to dam­aged hair fol­li­cles. Just because trac­tion alope­cia has struck does not mean hair loss has to be per­ma­nent, how­ever. You can recover from trac­tion alope­cia by chang­ing how you style your hair, eat­ing a more healthy diet, and prac­tic­ing good hair­care. When applied cor­rectly, the results are spectacular.

What Causes Trac­tion Alopecia?

There are many causes of trac­tion alope­cia, rang­ing from pulling on the hair fol­li­cles to dam­age to the scalp caused by con­stant rub­bing. The end result is always the same how­ever: the hair fol­li­cles become mis­shapen and they enter a dor­mant phase. Thank­fully it is pos­si­ble to stim­u­late hair growth again and recover the lost hair.

Scalp inflam­ma­tion puts pres­sure on the hair fol­li­cles and causes them to become mis­shapen. The scalp becomes inflamed for many rea­sons, such as con­stant rub­bing from a tight hat (hard hats worn in the work­place are well known for this) or even a build-up of dead skin cells on the sur­face of the skin.

Mean­while, pres­sure can be exerted directly on the hair fol­li­cles them­selves. Tight braid­ing pulls on the hair roots, caus­ing an incred­i­ble amount of dam­age to hair fol­li­cles that are put under intense stress. Wear­ing hair exten­sions, espe­cially when they are fas­tened in using a stitched method, and tying your hair in a tight pony­tail are both noto­ri­ous causes of trac­tion alopecia.

Mas­sage the scalp to stim­u­late blood flow in the dam­aged area. If you are uncom­fort­able with some­one mas­sag­ing your hair, con­sider gen­tly brush­ing your hair with a natural-bristle brush instead. This has a sim­i­lar effect to a mas­sage and will help to encour­age blood flow back to the dor­mant follicles.

In addi­tion to the causes of trac­tion alope­cia dis­cussed above, there is also the issue of stress. It has long been under­stood that extreme stress can cause hair loss, and patchy bald­ness is stress­ful in and of itself. As a result, the stress of hair loss com­bines with the orig­i­nal rea­son the hair fell out, cre­at­ing a vicious and self-sustaining cir­cle of misery.

Recov­ery Time

Recov­er­ing from trac­tion alope­cia takes time and patience. Nobody can tell you for cer­tain how long it will take for you to repair the dam­age to hair fol­li­cles caused by trac­tion alope­cia, but esti­mates are pos­si­ble. On aver­age, a mild case of hair loss will take a few months to re-grow once the hair fol­li­cles can be coaxed back into oper­a­tion; whilst a more severe case can take up to a cou­ple of years.

The process can be speeded up some­what, with mod­ern reme­dies hav­ing been proven to stim­u­late hair growth ear­lier than in suf­fer­ers who sim­ply let nature take its course. Which hair stim­u­la­tion method works best for you will depend on your per­sonal cir­cum­stances but each method has a proven track record, so it is a good idea to try out a cou­ple and see how you go.

How to Stim­u­late Hair Growth

What­ever tech­niques you try, the first thing suf­fer­ers should do is use scalp exfo­li­at­ing lotion fol­lowed by a deep Hair formula 37 hair vitaminscon­di­tion­ing treat­ment. This will clear away any excess serum on the scalp and hair fol­li­cles, which mixes with dirt and dead skin cells to cre­ate a layer of grime that sticks to the scalp. This is a breed­ing ground for bac­te­ria and it will cause inflam­ma­tion of the scalp; which hin­ders recovery.

The deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ment will then restore nutri­ents to the hair, improv­ing strength and mak­ing the hair eas­ier to style with­out excess hair products.

Once this is done, look to improve your diet, to ensure you are get­ting enough  pro­tein, iron, zinc, and sele­nium. Pro­tein is a major com­po­nent both in hair itself, where it forms ker­atin and gives your hair strength, but also in the body’s growth and repair process. With­out enough pro­tein and the right amino acids, your body can’t heal the dam­age to your scalp.

Next con­sider using a hair growth oil such as Bhringaraj oil (eclpita alba), which stud­ies in 2009 demon­strated helps speed

Bhringaraj is an excel­lent herbal alter­na­tive to minoxidil

up the recov­ery process sig­nif­i­cantly. Rub­bing oint­ment con­tain­ing eclipta alba on the dam­aged areas of the scalp helps stim­u­late hair growth and brings the hair fol­li­cles back out of the dor­mant phase.

By com­bin­ing the var­i­ous tech­niques for restor­ing lost hair, you will begin to see results quickly. Remem­ber that once the hair has grown back in, you have to ensure you con­tinue to take care of it. Do not over­load the hair fol­li­cles with tight hair­styles that pull on the fol­li­cles; or by wear­ing hair exten­sions all the time. Give your hair time to recover after every severe hair­style you use and you will find hair loss is a thing of the past.

How to Remedy Traction Alopecia Hair Loss With Eclipta Alba

Hair loss is a stress­ful expe­ri­ence, espe­cially when it is the patchy bald­ing found  Flower from Eclipta Alba plantin suf­fer­ers of trac­tion alope­cia. The scalp is often inflamed and sore, and this leads to increased stress for the suf­ferer. Unfor­tu­nately stress is a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in hair loss, so it can quickly become a vicious spi­ral as more and more hair is lost.

For­tu­nately mod­ern stud­ies have demon­strated that there are ways to halt and even reverse the effects of trac­tion alope­cia. By apply­ing specially-formulated oint­ments to the affected areas, the scalp is encour­aged to heal, and the lost hair to re-grow.  Although there have been many hair loss reme­dies over the years, the most effec­tive treat­ment has been found to come from tra­di­tional Indian Ayurevedic medicine.

What is Eclipta Alba?

Eclipta alba, also known as bhringraj, is a plant that has long been used in Indian med­i­cine to treat hair loss. Its leaf extracts con­tain pow­er­ful chem­i­cals that help to revive hair fol­li­cles that have been ren­dered dor­mant due to the effects of trac­tion alopecia.

Eclipta alba is an impor­tant part of Ayurevedic med­i­cine, the tra­di­tional med­i­cine of India. While the extract can be used in sev­eral ways for dif­fer­ent ail­ments, such as rub­bing into the tem­ples or ingest­ing, the cor­rect method for treat­ing hair loss is to cre­ate an ointment.

The eclipta alba is mixed with an oint­ment base to form a mois­tur­is­ing treat­ment of 2% eclipta. The oint­ment is then rubbed into the area to be treated; allow­ing the chem­i­cals to quickly reach the area they are to treat. Dur­ing the course of the 2009 study by Datta, Singh et al., the data col­lected showed that the eclipta treat­ment was 147% more effec­tive than other hair loss treatments.

The Effects of Eclipta Alba

Stud­ies pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Ethnophar­ma­col­ogy in May 2009 showed that eclipta alba is a far more effec­tive treat­ment for hair loss than a com­pa­ra­ble solu­tion of Minox­i­dil; another pop­u­lar hair loss treat­ment. When applied to the affected area, the pat­tern bald­ness caused by trac­tion alope­cia was sig­nif­i­cantly reduced.

The eclipta chem­i­cals work by encour­ag­ing the dor­mant hair fol­li­cles to move

Bhringaraj oil

Bhringaraj (Eclipta alba) hair grown oil

out of the tel­o­gen phase of their growth cycle and into the ana­gen phase; the part of the cycle dur­ing which hair is grown. More new hair growth was detected when sub­jects were treated with eclipta alba than on those sub­jects that were left to heal the dam­age to their hair fol­li­cles naturally.

The result of this research demon­strates that Ayurevedic med­i­cine inco­po­rat­ing eclipta alba mois­tur­ing treat­ment is an effec­tive method of pro­mot­ing hair regrowth. This is not a mir­a­cle cure, of course, so the best results still occur with fre­quent use but as a method of speed­ing up the recov­ery process, it is hard to beat.

Recov­er­ing From Trac­tion Alopecia

Trac­tion alope­cia occurs because the scalp is over stressed and the hair fol­li­cles it con­tains become dam­aged. The dam­aged cells deform and stop pro­duc­ing new hair, becom­ing dor­mant for long peri­ods while the dam­age to the fol­li­cles is repaired. This process can take months or years depend­ing on the extent of the damage.

When hair fol­li­cles stop grow­ing new hair, the hair that has grown already works its way out of the scalp. Three months after the hair fol­li­cle has entered the tel­o­gen phase, dur­ing which no hair is pro­duced, the hair that had already grown will be shed. This is a nat­ural part of the growth cycle and the rea­son we don’t all go bald for part of the time is because each hair fol­li­cle is in a dif­fer­ent point on the growth cycle; so we never notice the lost hairs.

When many hairs enter the tel­o­gen phase and become dor­mant, the effects of hair loss become vis­i­ble very quickly. Hair is shed but no new growth comes through to take its place. The result is patchy bald­ness, par­tic­u­larly on the crown and around the hairline.

Tra­di­tional med­i­cine has been proved to assist in coax­ing hair fol­li­cles out of the tel­o­gen phase and back into the ana­gen (grow­ing) phase. When applied as a mois­tur­is­ing treat­ment on the bald areas of the scalp, the body is able to bet­ter heal itself, so hair re-grows faster. This makes eclipta alba a worth­while treat­ment for hair loss in both men and women.

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How to Remedy Thinning Hair

Thin­ning hair and bald patches are often a sign of dam­age to the scalp rather than the advance­ment of age. In cases of scalp stress lead­ing to hair loss, it is pos­si­ble  to rem­edy the prob­lem with­out hav­ing to resort to hair replace­ment surgery or other med­ical solutions.

You can rem­edy thin­ning hair nat­u­rally and enjoy strong, healthy, nat­ural hair again. The meth­ods involved are not ardu­ous, just sim­ple and straight­for­ward solu­tions to repair the dam­age to a stressed scalp, and encour­age nat­ural regrowth.

Tight Hair­styles Lead to Bald Patches

When­ever a tight hair­style is worn, the hair is pulled unnat­u­rally taut. This puts  incred­i­ble strain on the hair root and can often lead to indi­vid­ual strands being pulled out. In addi­tion, the strain on the hair fol­li­cles is intense.

When the hair fol­li­cles are sub­ject to this level of strain, they quickly deform and become unable to func­tion cor­rectly. The tel­o­gen or rest phase of the growth cycle increases as the cells attempt to repair the dam­age they have received. When the dam­age is exten­sive, the cells become dor­mant and bald patches appear on the scalp.

Tight hair­styles should be avoided for any­one with thin­ning hair, as they will Braiding hair tightly will lead to traction alopeciaonly make the prob­lem worse. Tight pony­tails and exten­sive braid­ing are com­mon sources of hair loss; espe­cially on the crown in the case of pony­tails. Braid­ing and weaves are noto­ri­ous for caus­ing hair loss along the hair­line, as that is where the hair roots are nat­u­rally weakest.

Avoid Stress­ing the Scalp

Scalp stress is one of the prin­ci­ple causes of hair loss through trac­tion alope­cia. When the scalp is stressed, it becomes inflamed; which leads to rub­bing and scratch­ing the inflamed area. This adds to the dam­age and also causes dam­age to the hair fol­li­cles in the stressed area.

In turn, the fol­li­cles become deformed and unable to func­tion cor­rectly. They enter a dor­mant phase, dur­ing which time hair will not grow from them, until the body has time to repair the dam­age. The repair process can take months or even years, depend­ing on the extent of the dam­age done.

Scalp stress is caused in two ways. The most com­mon method is through the use of hair­care prod­ucts that cause rashes and irri­ta­tion. There are many dif­fer­ent for­mu­las of hair­care prod­uct on the mar­ket, from sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers to hair relax­ants and regen­er­a­tive lotions. Not every per­son can use every prod­uct, our bod­ies react to them dif­fer­ently. Find a prod­uct that does not cause your scalp to itch or become inflamed.

In addi­tion, avoid using hair relax­ants, at least until your hair has fully grown back in. Hair relax­ants dam­age the bonds between the ker­atin mol­e­cules in your hair, per­ma­nently weak­en­ing the strands and caus­ing the roots to become less strong. As a result, chemically-straightened hair snaps eas­ily, which makes the effect of hair loss more noticeable.

Also, avoid wear­ing hats that fit tightly to the head. These rub against the scalp, caus­ing more irri­ta­tion. While it’s not always pos­si­ble to avoid some hats, such as safety hel­mets that must be worn when bike rid­ing or hard hats in some work­places, con­sider car­ry­ing your hat when you are in a place that does not require it to be worn. This will greatly reduce the time the hat can stress the scalp; which short­ens your recov­ery time.

Eat a Healthy, Bal­anced Diet

While it may not seem all that impor­tant for hair care, a bal­anced diet is essen­tial if you want to rem­edy thin­ning hair. Hair loss is often caused at least in part by a lack of the nutri­ents needed to repair the dam­ages of scalp stress, and also because the com­po­nents of healthy hair are miss­ing from a person’s diet.

Strong, healthy hair requires a lot of pro­tein. Pro­tein is needed to repair the dam­age to hair fol­li­cles that causes trac­tion alope­cia, and it is also the main chem­i­cal in ker­atin. Ker­atin is the chem­i­cal that gives your hair its strength, so a low-protein diet results in weak hair that breaks easily.

Eat plenty of protein-rich foods such as eggs and nuts to strengthen your hair the nat­ural way. Your hair also needs plenty of iron, sele­nium, mag­ne­sium and zinc. These are found in abun­dance in spinach, red meats, eggs, peanuts and fish. Hair formula 37 hair vitaminsVeg­e­tar­i­ans should look to mush­rooms and soy as alter­na­tives to meat and fish; as these also pro­vide the nutri­ents essen­tial to healthy hair. The alter­na­tive is to take hair growth sup­ple­ments that con­tain the right bal­ance of amino acids and vit­a­mins required for healthy hair growth.

By main­tain­ing a healthy diet you will not only improve your hair’s health but your gen­eral well being at the same time. Com­bin­ing this with good gen­eral hair care and scalp mas­sages, and using a less inten­sive styling for your hair will quickly show results. With a new reg­i­men in place, your thin­ning hair will soon become lus­cious and healthy once again.

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Traction alopecia recovery time

Peo­ple suf­fer­ing from trac­tion alope­cia often won­der how long they have to Woman with traction alopecia hair losswait for the hair to recover and re-grow. Trac­tion alope­cia dif­fers from other forms of hair loss because it is caused by phys­i­cal action: the hair fol­li­cle is dam­aged by excess weight being placed on the hair. In other words, we’ve pulled our hair exces­sively, repeat­edly, and dam­aged our scalps as a result.

This pulling most often occurs because of our hair styling process or rou­tine. Hair exten­sions are noto­ri­ous for caus­ing trac­tion alope­cia because of the extra weight placed on the hair fol­li­cles, and because of the severe meth­ods of attach­ing the exten­sions them­selves. Women who wear hair exten­sions often are the most at risk of devel­op­ing trac­tion alope­cia.

Hair loss through trac­tion alope­cia most com­monly starts along the front hair line, where the hair roots are the weak­est, or at the crown, where pony­tails pull the hair most strongly. Alope­cia is not lim­ited to these areas, of course, and hair thin­ning all over the head is equally possible.

As with other forms of hair loss, a loss of self-confidence usu­ally fol­lows. Fur­ther­more, hair loss restricts a person’s options when it comes to hair styling; which leads to even more stress and upset.

All is not lost, how­ever. Hair lost through trac­tion alope­cia can be re-grown. Surgery should not be the first port of call. Your hair has to be given a chance to repair itself and grow back nat­u­rally. This means patience on your part, and spend­ing time car­ing for your hair but the results are worth the effort.

Recov­ery times vary from per­son to per­son and can range from a few months to a few years. It all depends on the extent of the dam­age and how long the hair was abused. When it comes to recov­ery, patience is essential.

Tight styling has to stop. It puts excess pres­sure on the fol­li­cles, which are already dam­aged and don’t need any more prob­lems laid on them. Don’t lis­ten to the arti­cles say­ing braids and exten­sions are okay if they aren’t fit­ted close to the scalp. It’s not true. The weight of the exten­sions alone puts excess pres­sure on your hair, which causes stress on the weak­ened hair shafts and aggra­vates the already-damaged follicles.

Just fit­ting hair exten­sions and braids can inflame the scalp. Inflam­ma­tion means the scalp is stressed, which makes the fol­li­cles open to more dam­age. You need to let your scalp, your hair and your hair fol­li­cles repair them­selves with­out putting more pres­sure and stresses on them.

To speed up the recov­ery process, here are some things you can try.

Stop using harsh chem­i­cals on your hair, such as hair relax­ing agents. Hair relax­ants are used to straighten curly hair and reduce frizz. They work by break­ing down disul­phide bonds in the hair, and react­ing with the bro­ken bonds so they can­not reform. The disul­phide bonds are found in the cys­teine mol­e­cules in ker­atin; which give your hair strength. Each time you use a relax­ant, you are per­ma­nently weak­en­ing the hair.

Hair relax­ants are able to break these bonds because they use a base or reduc­ing agent, such as sodium hydrox­ide (also known as lye). Sodium hydrox­ide is a harsh chem­i­cal that burns the skin and dam­ages hair. Not all hair relax­ers use lye, of course, but even the less harsh relax­ing agents break down the chem­i­cal bonds in the hair and thus per­ma­nently weaken it.

In trac­tion alope­cia, the scalp con­tains dam­aged fol­li­cles and may be inflamed. Adding a relax­ing agent on top of that dam­age will only burn or irri­tate the skin, espe­cially where the scalp is exposed due to hair loss.

This pro­longs the dam­age and thus extends recov­ery time, so avoid hair relax­ants until your hair has grown out again.

A good diet and plenty of nutri­tion is essen­tial to speedy recov­ery. Protein-rich Hair formula 37 hair vitamins foods, vit­a­mins and min­er­als give your body the ele­ments it needs to begin the heal­ing process. Con­sider tak­ing sup­ple­ments to ensure you are receiv­ing the right amount of essen­tial nutri­ents each day to ensure your body can make the chem­i­cals it needs to rebuild itself.

Always aim for sup­ple­ments designed for hair growth. These are spe­cially for­mu­lated and often con­tain Biotin, which increases the length of the grow­ing phase of hair fol­li­cles, as well as iron, sele­nium, zinc and mag­ne­sium; all of which your body needs for strong, healthy hair.

Above all else, ensure you get plenty of pro­tein. Not only is pro­tein a fun­da­men­tal require­ment for growth and repair in the body, but it is also a major com­po­nent of hair. Pro­tein is essen­tial for pro­duc­ing ker­atin, which makes hair strong, so try snack­ing on pro­tein shakes, pro­tein bars and cook­ies as a nice, easy way of increas­ing your daily pro­tein intake.

Remem­ber that trac­tion alope­cia recov­ery time is short­ened when you stop stress­ing your fol­li­cles with a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent hair styles. Choose a style that does not involve ten­sion on the hair fol­li­cles so you give your scalp time to recover. Stop using chem­i­cal relax­ants on your hair, and avoid colour­ing it as well. Finally, make sure your body has all the vit­a­mins, min­er­als and pro­tein it needs to nour­ish and repair our hair from the inside.

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How to Prevent Traction Alopecia

Trac­tion alope­cia is a form of hair loss caused by phys­i­cal trac­tion stress on Braiding hair tightly will lead to traction alopeciahair fol­li­cles related to high-tension hair­styles. It is com­mon among, but not exclu­sive to black women. Black women tend to wear hair exten­sions and treat their hair with chem­i­cals more often than other groups of women. Trac­tion alope­cia usu­ally starts at the front hair­line, and then reced­ing occurs with a gen­eral thin­ning all over, which makes it appear like male pat­tern bald­ness. Peo­ple often under­es­ti­mate or mis­take hair loss in African Amer­i­can women related to trac­tion alope­cia for other types of hair loss.

African Amer­i­can women tend to use hair exten­sions. The exten­sions give women ver­sa­til­ity in their hair­style choices. For black women in par­tic­u­lar, hair exten­sions make man­ag­ing their nat­ural tightly curled hair eas­ier. It also pro­vides length to their hair, which tends not to grow very long. Many tabloids men­tion hair loss con­di­tions for celebri­ties who over use hair exten­sions and have dam­aged their hair follicles.

The hair shaft of African Amer­i­can hair tends to be flat shaped, with a twisted con­fig­u­ra­tion and a thin diam­e­ter. There are inter­mit­tent vari­a­tions in diam­e­ter based on the amount of curl. The curls cause recur­rent weak­ness along each hair shaft. Because their curls are so tight, the hairs wrap around each other, which often results in seri­ous tan­gles. Try­ing to detan­gle this type of hair can break it at it its weak point. Hair pulling adds stress to the fol­li­cles and leads to trac­tion alope­cia.

To avoid this con­stant cycle of hav­ing to detan­gle the hair, many African Amer­i­can women have their hair straight­ened using chem­i­cal relax­ers. They also use rollers, blow dry, hot comb or oil press their hair. Each of these meth­ods of straight­en­ing the hair invari­ably leads to trac­tion alope­cia and severe break­age of the hair.

Another form of trac­tion alope­cia occurs when the hair comes out in clumps. Hair rollers can cause hair to fall out in clumpsThe main cause of this form of hair loss occurs from sleep­ing in hair rollers, and braid­ing the hair too tightly, par­tic­u­larly in chil­dren. Con­stantly wear­ing hair exten­sions in the form of weaves both sewed-in and bonded or glued-in exten­sions, draw­string pony­tails and clip in hair exten­sions add to trac­tion alopecia.

In order to pre­vent trac­tion alopecia:

  1. Use a rep­utable and qual­i­fied styl­ist. A qual­i­fied styl­ist will know what styles your type of hair will sup­port, and will avoid styles that pull your hair too tightly. Your cho­sen styl­ist should also be qual­i­fied to per­form any chem­i­cal pro­ce­dures, like hair colour­ing or straight­en­ing. Your styl­ist should be trained in fit­ting hair exten­sions. Unfor­tu­nately, many untrained and unqual­i­fied styl­ists exist, who inad­ver­tently cause dam­age to the hair because their lack of train­ing means they do not know the con­se­quences of their actions.
  2. Limit the length of time of wear­ing hair exten­sions. You should not exceed the length of time you wear hair exten­sions. The time period depends on the attach­ment method. You should remove clip on hair exten­sions at the end of the night. For the glued-in method where a styl­ist Clip on hair extensions should be removed at the end of the day glues each hair strand, strand-by-strand, you should only wear it for a few months at a time. If you do have to get bonded hair exten­sions, make sure you use a trained and qual­i­fied styl­ists that under­stands fit­ting your cho­sen method of attach­ment. In addi­tion, you should visit your styl­ist on a weekly basis to have your hair washed. Wash­ing it at home, by your­self, may lead to tan­gling, and addi­tional pulling which causes stress to the fol­li­cle and begins the trac­tion alope­cia cycle.
  3. Avoid using large amounts of hair in weaves and other forms of hair exten­sions. The weight causes stress to the hair fol­li­cles. Regard­less of what method of attach­ment you wear, your nat­ural hair (and fol­li­cles) has to carry the weight of any exten­sion used. The more weight your hair has to carry, the more stress it will be under. The extra weight will grad­u­ally pull the hair out of its follicle.
  4. Avoid apply­ing chem­i­cals too often. Do not apply harsh chem­i­cals like relax­ers and col­orants to the hair more often than every 4 months. These harsh chem­i­cals irri­tate the skin but also dam­age the struc­ture of your hair by mak­ing it porous and weak. When you apply ten­sion to the hair, porous and weak hair tends to fall out easier.
  5. Limit the use of tight pony­tails or updos. Save the updos for spe­cial occa­sions. Addi­tion­ally, tight pony­tails apply pres­sure to the hair fol­li­cles around the hair­line and the crown of the head. This con­stant pulling adds to trac­tion alopecia.
  6. Use a hair con­di­tioner before comb­ing tightly curled hair. When you sat­u­rate the hair with con­di­tioner, it acts as a lubri­cant and eases the untan­gling process. Use your fin­gers first to loosen any tan­gles and knots before fol­low­ing with a wide-tooth comb.
  7. Never wear hair rollers to bed. Your part­ner and hair will thank you. Hair rollers add con­tin­u­ous ten­sion to the hair dur­ing the night. This con­stant pulling stresses the hair.

If you keep in mind these sug­ges­tions, you will limit the dam­age to your hair and slow down or elim­i­nate the cycle of trac­tion alopecia.

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The importance of nutrition in treating traction alopecia hair loss

Trac­tion alope­cia occurs because of ten­sion placed on hair fol­li­cles and not hor­mones, like male or female pat­tern bald­ing. When peo­ple repeat­edly apply Vitamins for hair growthten­sion to hair, the fol­li­cles get weaker and weaker over time, and even­tu­ally stop pro­duc­ing hair. The hair­line and crown of the head are the places most com­monly affected by trac­tion alope­cia; how­ever, the effects of con­stantly pulling the hair can result in a gen­eral thin­ning of hair all over the head. There are sev­eral things peo­ple suf­fer­ing from trac­tion alope­cia can do to stop and even reverse this type of hair loss.

Treat­ing trac­tion alope­cia takes time for sev­eral rea­sons. First, the scalp has to be allowed time to heal itself. Sec­ond, hair fol­li­cles need to regen­er­ate healthy cells that will pro­duce hair once again. Third, people’s hair grows at dif­fer­ent rates. Rates of hair growth can vary from a 1/8th of an inch to a whole inch per month. Hair growth typ­i­cally depends on the biol­ogy of the indi­vid­ual. How­ever, con­stant pulling of hair, which dam­ages the hair fol­li­cle, will cause the hair growth rate to steadily decrease.

As a first step in treat­ing trac­tion alope­cia, suf­fer­ers should try to refrain from activ­i­ties that place ten­sion on their hair fol­li­cles. This ten­sion usu­ally comes from tight braids, other hair­styles or wear­ing hel­mets and hats. If affected peo­ple give their dam­aged hair fol­li­cles a chance to repair them­selves, their hair will grad­u­ally grow back stronger and health­ier. Some exter­nal symp­toms asso­ci­ated with trac­tion alope­cia include inflam­ma­tion, which can become severe and cause great dis­com­fort. In these cases, peo­ple may need to visit a doc­tor for a pre­scrip­tion. Some­times dan­druff may appear on the scalp. Peo­ple with trac­tion alope­cia can still use a suit­able over the counter anti-dandruff sham­poo Anti dandruff shampoos should be used to soothe inflammation and kill bacteria on the scalptreat­ment reg­u­larly. While deal­ing with exter­nal symp­toms can pro­vide relief in the short term, they are not the only thing that helps grow new, healthy hair.
To ensure long term, sus­tained hair growth, trac­tion alope­cia suf­fers need to con­sume an ade­quate sup­ply of hair ben­e­fi­cial nutri­ents. Pro­tein often helps stop trac­tion alope­cia. Hair is made of pro­tein, so peo­ple should increase their amount of pro­tein con­sump­tion. Only cer­tain pro­teins, with a high bio­log­i­cal value (BV), add ben­e­fit to hair growth. All pro­teins have a bio­log­i­cal value. A protein’s bio­log­i­cal value comes from the fact that cer­tain pro­teins break down more eas­ily by the body, and there­fore, are more eas­ily absorbed and bet­ter uti­lized by the body. Whey pro­tein has the high­est bio­log­i­cal value of the pro­teins. Because of this, it often is a com­po­nent in pro­tein sup­ple­ments. Cow’s milk con­tains whey and it actu­ally makes up approx­i­mately 20% of the pro­tein found in milk. Milk deriv­a­tives, includ­ing ricotta and cot­tage cheese, also con­tain high sources of whey pro­tein. Other foods with a high bio­log­i­cal pro­tein value are eggs, fish, chicken, turkey, casein, beans, lean red meat and soy prod­ucts. Besides pro­tein, hair needs other nutrients.

Some nutri­ents pro­vide addi­tional ben­e­fits for healthy hair growth. They include iodine, sele­nium, iron, tryp­to­phan, B vit­a­mins cop­per and folate. Foods rich in iodine include dried sea­weed and baked potato with the peel. Brazil nuts, sun­flower seeds, and grains like wheat germ, brown rice, bar­ley and oats con­tain sele­nium. Excel­lent sources of iron include dark leafy veg­eta­bles such as spinach, curly kale and watercress.

The B vit­a­mins, for health­ier hair, include thi­amine, riboflavin, niacin, folate (also called folic acid or folacin), vit­a­min B6, vit­a­min B12, biotin and pan­tothenic acid. The best sources for B vit­a­mins con­sist of dark leafy veg­eta­bles, wheat germ, lentils, almonds, pecans, milk and milk prod­ucts, spinach, and turnip greens. Liver and egg yolk are the best sources of Biotin. Biotin helps keep the hair in its ana­gen or growth phase for longer. The longer the hair stays in its ana­gen phase, the longer it will grow before nat­u­rally shedding.

Alter­na­tively con­sider tak­ing a good qual­ity hair sup­ple­ment that con­tains the right bal­ance of vit­a­mins and min­er­als required to grow strong healthy hair. We rec­om­mend Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplements or Hair For­mula 37.

Another method for stop­ping or revers­ing hair alope­cia is cir­cu­la­tion to the scalp. Suf­fer­ers should increase scalp cir­cu­la­tion so that blood, rich in these impor­tant nutri­ents, is able to reach the hair fol­li­cles. Exer­cise, which boosts over­all cir­cu­la­tion, will increase cir­cu­la­tion to the scalp. Suf­fer­ers also ben­e­fit from neck exer­cises and scalp mas­sages. Other arti­fi­cial ways to boost scalp cir­cu­la­tion include the use of caffeine-based prod­ucts like sham­poos and hair tonics.

Incor­po­rat­ing a vari­ety of the foods listed above into the diet will pro­vide the vit­a­mins, amino acids and min­er­als suf­fer­ers need to heal their scalp and regen­er­ate their hair fol­li­cles. Keep in mind that revers­ing the affects of trac­tion alope­cia takes time. Be patient. It will take at least three months before suf­fer­ers will see the ben­e­fit a new diet has on treat­ing trac­tion alopecia.

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How MSM can boost hair growth

MSM (methyl­sul­fonyl­methane) is a sul­phur com­pound found in the body and in cer­tain foods in small quan­ti­ties. MSM con­tains sul­phur, a nat­u­rally occur­ring min­eral which is impor­tant for joint flex­i­bil­ity, cel­lu­lar func­tions, hair growth, and other bod­ily func­tions. It is avail­able as a sup­ple­ment in pill, flakes, cap­sule and pow­der forms.

MSM is adver­tised as ben­e­fi­cial for hair loss, and for increas­ing hair growth because it is said to sup­port healthy cell pro­duc­tion and tis­sue repair, mak­ing the body pro­duce more new cells. Some ads speak of it as a mir­a­cle anti-aging cure. It helps boost hair growth by repair­ing dam­aged hair fol­li­cles and the scalp. A healthy scalp is vital in grow­ing healthy hair. Dietary sul­phur is known to have a ben­e­fi­cial effect on the pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen and ker­atin. There­fore, MSM can help if there is insuf­fi­cient sul­phur in the diet.

Does MSM work?

Like many sup­ple­ments, there are dif­fer­ent views regard­ing MSM’s effec­tive­ness as a hair loss cure. While doc­tors cite the fact that there have been no peer-reviewed stud­ies doc­u­ment­ing MSM’s suc­cess in the pre­ven­tion or slow­ing down of hair loss, many users of MSM swear by it and claim a vis­i­ble, notice­able improve­ment in the con­di­tion of their hair and skin. As sul­phur cer­tainly plays a part in the pro­duc­tion of hair, there could be a ben­e­fit in main­tain­ing a healthy level of sul­phur in the diet by eat­ing sulphur-rich foods like egg yolks, grains, fruits and veg­eta­bles, or by tak­ing MSM regularly

Applied top­i­cally, it can repair an inflamed scalp and deliver nutri­ents directly to the fol­li­cles, encour­ag­ing new, thick hair growth. MSM is often used top­i­cally to treat skin ail­ments, such as scar tis­sue. Burn vic­tims have reported a sig­nif­i­cant reduc­tion in scars after using MSM. This is due to MSM’s effec­tive­ness in healthy cell production.

As MSM is a nat­u­rally occur­ring sub­stance, it is gen­er­ally con­sid­ered safe to use by most peo­ple (those not specif­i­cally aller­gic to sul­phur). It is also gen­er­ally agreed that it is safe to take a high daily dosage of MSM, as there have been no doc­u­mented cases of a harm­ful over­dose. It is best to start at 1000 mil­ligrams a day and slowly increase the dose to 4000 mil­ligrams a day.

MSM for treat­ment of hair loss

As MSM tar­gets cell regen­er­a­tion, it is a prod­uct suited for treat­ing hair loss caused by trac­tion alope­cia. It is a con­di­tion where hair fol­li­cles are directly affected by phys­i­cal pull exerted on them over time. This pull dam­ages the fol­li­cles in the affected area so that they stop pro­duc­ing new hair. Tak­ing MSM can encour­age cell regen­er­a­tion, result­ing in the fol­li­cles end­ing their dor­mant phase and pro­duc­ing new hairs again.

What’s the best way to take MSM?

MSM is avail­able in flake, cap­sule, tablet and pow­der form, as well as top­i­cal lotions and creams. The pow­der is rec­om­mended because it’s most eas­ily absorbed when taken orally and is also the most ver­sa­tile: It can be mixed into your own sham­poo or con­di­tioner and applied top­i­cally on the hair and scalp as well. How­ever it is impor­tant that the dose con­sumed is ade­quately mea­sured or weighed.

MSM works best when taken with vit­a­min C and water intake should be increased to help the body flush out dead cells and tox­ins that are being expelled from the body.


Although fur­ther tests need to be done to sat­isfy med­ical prac­ti­tion­ers of the effec­tive­ness of MSM in treat­ing hair loss, anec­do­tal evi­dence seems to sug­gest it is effec­tive for a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of users. Peo­ple who’ve taken MSM for other con­di­tions, such as joint pain, noticed an unex­pected sig­nif­i­cant increase in their hair growth. MSM is also a pop­u­lar choice for patients of hair trans­plant surgery. MSM can be taken in con­junc­tion with other hair loss treat­ments and is def­i­nitely a good prod­uct to add to any hair loss, or hair thin­ning treat­ment regimen.

Although MSM is widely avail­able in health food and vit­a­min stores and on the Inter­net, atten­tion should be paid to qual­ity. Find a brand that is free of pol­lu­tants and addi­tives which is achieved through dis­til­la­tion in the man­u­fac­tur­ing process. Always buy brands that are third– party tested and cer­ti­fied for qual­ity and consistency.

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Review of Plantur 39 Caffeine Tonic for hair

This is a leave-in prod­uct designed to treat var­i­ous types of hair loss, pre­dom­i­nantly in women. It is made by the man­u­fac­turer of the Alpecin range of caf­feine hair loss prod­ucts and is adver­tised as “Ger­man engi­neer­ing for your hair”. Plan­tur 39 caf­feine tonic is com­monly mar­keted to post-menopausal women who want to strengthen their hair and pre­vent it from thin­ning. Just like the entire range of Alpecin hair loss prod­ucts, it has become quite pop­u­lar in Germany.

It con­tains nat­u­rally derived caf­feine that works to stim­u­late the hair fol­li­cles and increase the rate of hair growth, while bal­anc­ing the top­i­cal effect of the hair loss induc­ing hor­mones (like testos­terone) on the hair and scalp. It’s also designed to com­bat the effects of free rad­i­cals on the hair and scalp. Plan­tur 39 caf­feine tonic is a leave-in treat­ment that can be used along­side stan­dard sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers or as part of a big­ger hair loss treat­ment regimen.

Active ingre­di­ents in the Plan­tur 39 Caf­feine Tonic and their effects

The main active ingre­di­ents in the Tonic are phytoflavones derived from white tea. These gen­tle com­pounds con­tain stim­u­lat­ing caf­feine which is eas­ily absorbed into the scalp and pro­tects fol­li­cles, while also encour­ag­ing them to pro­duce new hair and end their dor­mant stage where applic­a­ble. It’s pre­dom­i­nantly an herbal treat­ment, for­mu­lated with nour­ish­ing oils such as cas­tor oil, which has a gen­tle, heal­ing effect on the scalp.

Will this prod­uct work for me?

This hair loss tonic is aimed at post-menopausal women, but it can be used by any­one to treat any kind of hair loss, as it treats the fol­li­cles them­selves. Caf­feine has also been shown to speed up the rate of absorp­tion of com­pounds such as minox­i­dil, found in prod­ucts such as Rogaine, etc.. As such, it’s a help­ful, nat­ural addi­tion to an over­all hair loss treat­ment strat­egy. It can also be used in con­junc­tion with other herbal hair loss treatments.

This is a good prod­uct for treat­ing trac­tion alope­cia and thin­ning hair as it strength­ens the hair and stim­u­lates the fol­li­cles. It is safe to use on color-treated hair as it will not affect the hair color. Since trac­tion alope­cia causes trauma to the hair fol­li­cles, a top­i­cal treat­ment aimed at heal­ing the fol­li­cles them­selves is often suf­fi­cient for revers­ing hair loss. This is a gen­tle, nat­ural treat­ment that is not likely to cause irri­ta­tion to the scalp and can be used even by those who do not like putting harsh chem­i­cals on their hair and scalp.

How to use Plan­tur 39 Caf­feine Tonic

Plan­tur 39 Caf­feine Tonic is designed for daily use. For those suf­fer­ing from thin­ning hair or trac­tion alope­cia, daily treat­ment is nec­es­sary until the prob­lem is resolved (which usu­ally takes sev­eral months). For hormonal-related hair loss con­di­tions, con­tin­u­ous daily use is required for the treat­ment to be effec­tive. Apply the prod­uct daily to scalp with the appli­ca­tion tip and mas­sage gen­tly until absorbed. Allow to dry briefly and then comb, brush and style hair nor­mally. Do not rinse. This prod­uct is rec­om­mended for use along with the Plan­tur 39 Caf­feine hair loss sham­poo for best results.

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Can Tricomin Stop Hair Loss and Thicken Thinning Hair?

Hair loss is a con­cern that affects both men and women, although for dif­fer­ent bio­log­i­cal rea­sons. How­ever, there is one prod­uct that is suit­able for both men and women. It seeks to improve hair struc­ture by strength­en­ing the hair roots and pro­tect­ing the con­di­tion of the hair. Tri­comin is a hair loss prod­uct avail­able as a fol­li­cle spray, sham­poo or restruc­tur­ing con­di­tioner that main­tains hair con­di­tion­ing and improves hair struc­ture thanks to its Tri­amino cop­per nutri­tional com­plex formulation.

Before you rush out and buy Tri­comin prod­ucts, you might be inter­ested to know the tech­nol­ogy behind Tri­comin hair loss treat­ment and the var­i­ous Tri­comin prod­ucts that are avail­able today.

First of all, we must under­stand the impor­tant part that cop­per plays in healthy hair. The level of cop­per found in hair can dic­tate the level of hair loss. Too lit­tle cop­per and the health of the hair can suf­fer lead­ing to hair loss, but too much cop­per can also have a detri­men­tal effect on hair, lead­ing to pre­ma­ture hair loss. The impor­tance of main­tain­ing a healthy level of cop­per in adult hair is there­fore vital in the fight against hair loss.

So what is a healthy level of cop­per, and how is it pos­si­ble to main­tain this level over a pro­longed period of time? Tests have shown that 2.5 mil­ligrams of cop­per +/- 0.7 mil­ligrams is the ideal level. Here are some tips for main­tain­ing this healthy level of cop­per and reduc­ing the risk of hair loss due to cop­per imbalance.

  • Avoid drink­ing hard water
  • Reduce meat intake
  • Check the cop­per con­tent of med­ica­tions, in par­tic­u­lar birth con­trol pills

This is where Tri­comin hair prod­ucts can help with the bat­tle against hair loss. Tri­comin is the result of exten­sive research and test­ing into how cop­per and amino acids relate to hair loss. Stud­ies have shown that cop­per lev­els decrease as you age, which, coin­ci­den­tally, is when most peo­ple start to notice hair loss. Tri­comin helps restore the cop­per bal­ance and pro­motes healthy hair.

Tri­comin achieves this is by pro­vid­ing essen­tial cop­per to the hair fol­li­cle, which encour­ages the col­la­gen and pro­teins nec­es­sary for hair growth to feed the hair fol­li­cle at the time it needs it most – the growth phase. By pro­vid­ing these essen­tial nutri­ents directly where they are needed, at the hair fol­li­cle, growth is encour­aged and hair loss is reduced.

The most pop­u­lar prod­uct in the Tri­comin line is the Tri­comin Solu­tion Fol­li­cle Ther­apy Spray. The spray works by deliv­er­ing the cop­per com­plex for­mu­la­tion directly onto the scalp and around the hair fol­li­cles. The for­mu­la­tion includes a con­di­tioner that reduces wash off, thus allow­ing the for­mu­la­tion to stay on long enough for max­i­mum improvement.

Many Tri­comin users choose to buy Tri­comin sham­poo and wash their hair prior to the appli­ca­tion of the Tri­comin fol­li­cle spray. In doing so, the scalp ben­e­fits from the essen­tial amino acids and min­er­als con­tained in the sham­poo, which are ben­e­fi­cial par­tic­u­larly with thin­ning or fine hair. The Tri­comin fol­li­cle spray can be sprayed on to wet hair imme­di­ately after sham­poo­ing, or it can be applied to dry hair.

Users report an improve­ment in their hair after only a few weeks of treat­ment with Tri­comin prod­ucts. So don’t delay, take pos­i­tive steps towards deal­ing with hair loss with Tri­amino cop­per nutri­tional com­plex formulation.

The Tri­comin range of prod­ucts is only one part of our 10-Step Pre­scrip­tion for Re-Growing Healthy Hair. See side­bar on how to get the full pro­gram in our new e-book at no charge. Rest assured that your infor­ma­tion will not be shared with anyone.