Traction alopecia is a condition caused by damage to the hair follicles, which
results in patches of hair loss. To recover from this condition, it is not enough to simply stimulate hair growth. You also have to repair the damage to the hair follicles, otherwise any hair that does manage to grow back will not grow strong and healthy. This means eating a healthy diet so the body is strong enough to repair the damage, and making sure the nutrients you ingest are able to reach the parts that need them.
Stimulating the Scalp
If the body is going to repair itself it needs an adequate supply of nutrients and proteins to the affected area, and this means good blood flow. When hair follicles become dormant, they use less nutrients than when they are active. This results in less blood flow being needed, and the scalp responds accordingly.
You can help to boost the blood flow to the hair follicles by stimulating the scalp and encouraging activity back into the capillaries in the affected areas. Brushing your hair two or three times a day with a natural fibre, wide brush helps to do this; although it is best to avoid pulling on the hair follicles too much through vigorous brushing, as this may simply end up with you pulling more weakened hairs out.
Similarly, regular massaging of the scalp helps to stimulate hair growth in a similar fashion. Massaging reawakens the scalp and encourages blood flow through that area of the skin; which brings much-needed nutrients to the area. Try massaging the scalp once a day. You don’t need someone else to do this for you, so don’t worry if you’re shy. It can be done simply by gently kneading the parts of the scalp where you want to encourage hair growth to start again. For step by step massage techniques, download our free ebook from the side bar.
The body needs a healthy diet if it is to work at maximum efficiency, and it needs plenty of protein if is is going to repair itself. Protein is used in growth and repair. Protein forms into keratin in the hair follicles, and keratin means strong, healthy hair.
You will also need to make sure you are getting enough iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc. These are essential chemicals for hair growth and they produce strong, healthy hair. To ensure you get enough of each chemical, eat plenty of dairy, eggs, red meat (if you don’t eat meat, soya contains the same essential nutrients) and spinach.
You may also want to consider taking a dietary supplement specially formulated for healthy hair growth. These supplements contain biotin, which is proven to extend the length of time hair follicles remain in the growing stage. This will help your hair to grow back quicker. Again, our free ebook has suggestions you may find helpful.
Get a Good Night’s Rest
Growth hormone is only produced when you are asleep. If you have ever noticed that when you’re ill, you sleep more, the production and use of growth hormone is the reason. Your body uses growth hormone to repair itself so when you are ill, you sleep more. The same thing is true of rekindling healthy hair growth.
So when trying to overcome traction alopecia and stimulate hair growth again, it is important to get a good night’s rest. Make sure you get to bed at a decent time, so you are refreshed in the morning. It will do your body a lot of good, and it will speed up the recovery process at the same time.
How Long Will It Take?
Nobody can say for certain how long a particular person will take to recover from traction alopecia. While stimulating hair growth will certainly speed up the process (as the Eclipta Alba study proved), an overnight cure is not possible at this point.
Instead we have to look at the natural repair cycle as a guide, and work from there. When left to repair itself, the body can take between two months and several years to fully recover from the damage caused by traction alopecia. The exact recovery time all depends on the amount of hair follicles that have been rendered dormant, and also on how quickly the sufferer’s body usually repairs damage to the skin.
Everybody is different, so your personal recovery time will never be the same as someone else’s even if their circumstances seem identical to your own. It is important to remember that patience is the watchword when it comes to traction alopecia. So for best results, take the dietary supplements and use the techniques discussed above for stimulating healthy hair growth and you’ll get the best results you can, as quickly as possible.