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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