How to Avoid The Risk of Traction Alopecia

Trac­tion alope­cia is the result of sev­eral fac­tors, each caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the scalp. The most effec­tive way to avoid the risk of trac­tion alope­cia is to know what these fac­tors are and how to min­imise them, or even elim­i­nate them entirely. This will lead to less scalp stress and stronger, health­ier hair.

Avoid Tight Hairstyles

It may seem a lit­tle silly but tight hair­styles mean your hair is put under a lot of Track weave hair extensions are notorious for causing traction alopecia or thinning hairten­sion. Essen­tially, the hair­style is con­tin­u­ally pulling on hair and this leads to dam­age to the hair fol­li­cles. When hair is pulled, the fol­li­cles get pulled too.

Over time, this pulling causes the fol­li­cles to deform; which causes the fol­li­cle to enter the tel­o­gen (“rest”) phase of its growth cycle. When the dam­age is exten­sive enough, the fol­li­cle does not come back out of the tel­o­gen phase. After enough hair fol­li­cles have been dam­ages in this way, the pat­tern bald­ness of trac­tion alope­cia appears.

Tight braid­ing of the hair, espe­cially the sew-in weave method of attach­ing hair exten­sions, is a noto­ri­ous cause of trac­tion alope­cia. Braid­ing the hair tight enough for sew-in weaves causes scalp stress on its own but when it is com­bined with the extra weight added by the exten­sions, and the ten­sion added to the braids when the wearer’s hair grows nat­u­rally, the result is devastating.

Pony­tails are less harm­ful but the tight pull on the hair can leave fol­li­cles on the crown dam­aged, caus­ing pat­tern bald­ness where the hair is pulled the most tightly.

Avoid Tight Hats

Tight-fitting hats pull the hair that is caught between hat and scalp, adding pres­sure to the scalp in a sim­i­lar man­ner to a pony­tail. The hat will rub against the hair and the scalp con­tin­u­ously, irri­tat­ing the scalp and lead­ing to inflam­ma­tion. Pulling on hair and irri­tat­ing the scalp both lead to dam­age to the hair fol­li­cles, which results in trac­tion alopecia.

The eas­i­est way to avoid hats stress­ing the hair is to not wear a hat. This removes all the pulling and rub­bing in one go. Of course it is not always pos­si­ble to avoid wear­ing a tight hat. Safety hel­mets that must be worn at work, such as on a build­ing site or in many fac­to­ries, are a neces­sity and hard to avoid. Nev­er­the­less, when you are not in an area where wear­ing a safety hat is nec­es­sary, con­sider car­ry­ing it rather than leav­ing it on your head.

Avoid Harsh Hair Products

Many hair care prod­ucts, espe­cially hair relax­ants, cause dam­age to the hair. Hair relax­ants work by break­ing down the bonds between ker­atin mol­e­cules in the hair; as these cause the hair to curl and become frizzy.

Unfor­tu­nately ker­atin is also the main provider of your hair’s strength, so when the bonds between ker­atin mol­e­cules are bro­ken down, the hair is per­ma­nently weak­ened. This leads to hair snap­ping, and weak roots that allow the hair to be sim­ply pulled out when you brush it.

The lye con­tained in many hair relax­ants also causes inflam­ma­tion of the scalp, which leads to itch­ing. Scratch­ing at an itch fur­ther dam­ages the scalp and inflames the area. When you scratch your scalp, you aren’t just caus­ing dam­age to the fol­li­cles directly, you’re also pulling on hair; which adds to the damage.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Not all hair dam­age can be avoided. Brush­ing your hair every day is essen­tial if you want to look good and, as men­tioned above, wear­ing a hat is not always avoid­able. The best course of action is there­fore to plan for some harm to come to your scalp, and work to repair the dam­age as quickly as possible.

You can do this by mak­ing sure you eat a healthy, bal­anced diet full of vit­a­mins, min­er­als and pro­tein. Pro­tein is essen­tial to both growth and repair in the body. Hair formula 37 hair vitamins It is also a pri­mary com­po­nent in ker­atin, the mate­r­ial that gives hair its strength. By eat­ing a protein-rich diet with plenty of iron, sele­nium, zinc and mag­ne­sium, you will ensure that any dam­age done to cause trac­tion alope­cia can be fought off fairly quickly. Alter­na­tively take good qual­ity sup­ple­ments that con­tain the right bal­ance of amino acids and vit­a­mins required for healthy hair growth.

That’s not to say that you can wear tight hair­styles all the time, of course. Also, hair loss through trac­tion alope­cia takes time to recover from when the dam­age is exten­sive, so don’t expect mir­a­cles. A good diet will ensure that minor dam­age caused by the occa­sion­ally pulling on hair when wear­ing a par­tic­u­larly tight or com­plex hair­style is dealt with quickly. Exten­sive dam­age will always take longer to repair.

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