Unlike other forms of hair loss, hormonal changes in the body do not cause traction alopecia. The main cause of traction alopecia is mechanically induced. You can prevent and successfully treat it, if caught early. Successful treatment involves stopping the activity that puts tension on the hair, caring for the hair and scalp correctly and eating the proper foods.
Traction alopecia often occurs around the hairline and at the crown of the head, where tight hairstyles put pressure on the hair. A general thinning of the hair in other areas also occurs, particularly with people who use hair extensions repeatedly for long periods of time. As a first step in treating traction alopecia, you should stop using hairstyles that continuously pull and place stress on the hair follicles and damage them. Before embarking on any treatment plan, you need to stop the pulling activity. You will need to change the way you style your hair, so that no pressure whatsoever puts stress on your hair follicles.
If you use chemical relaxers and hair colorants on a regular basis, they will aggravate the traction alopecia. Harsh chemicals like these irritate an already fragile scalp and often result in inflammation as the scalp tries to protect itself from further abuse.
You should look at your hair as a plant. A plant needs good, nutrient rich soil to grow strong and healthy. Consider your scalp as the soil for your hair. To help regrow your hair lost to traction alopecia, you need to care for your scalp. An unhealthy scalp has little to no chance of producing any hair, yet alone strong and healthy hair. Now that you reduced pulling, you need to care for your scalp, so that it is healthy in its own right.
You should wash your hair and scalp regularly to remove dirt, grease and bacteria. You should wash your hair at least twice a week. For dry hair, shampoo only once a week and use a sulphate free shampoo and eco wash with a conditioner once a week. Taking fish oil supplements or eating nuts like macadamia and almonds will also help relieve dry scalps and skin conditions.
Scalp conditions such as dandruff indicate infection. Bacteria on the scalp causes dandruff. It is easily treated. Natural products that remove dandruff include neem leaves, rosemary and tea tree oil. Reputable herbalists sell neem oil. You should massage it directly into your scalp. You can use rosemary and tea tree oil, but you need to mix them in a carrier oil before applying to the scalp. Herbalists recommend using coconut oil because it can be absorbed into the skin and does not sit on the scalp and block hair follicles. It is best to massage the scalp with these oils the night before shampooing your hair to give the treatment time to work.
How many times have you heard the phrase “beauty is from within”? Nutrition plays an important role in hair growth. In order for the scalp to produce healthy hairs, it has to receive adequate nutrition in the form of vitamins and minerals. The body does not consider supplying nutrients to the scalp for hair growth a priority. You should ingest adequate quantities of vitamins and minerals to allow the body to use them for their primary functions and have a little left over for the scalp. To help ensure it reaches the scalp, massaging the scalp and doing neck exercises boosts circulation to the scalp.
Diet is an important factor in hair growth. Avoid processed foods because they do not contain an adequate supply of nutrients. It is best to increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables to receive the required amounts. Do not stick to only one type of fruit or vegetable; you should consume a wide variety. Adding spinach, carrots, papaya, prunes, kale, apples, sweet peppers, cabbage, parsley, kidney beans, green beans, peas and broccoli to your diet will help ensure you are getting adequate doses of minerals and vitamins.
Hair is made up of protein so consuming good lean protein will help the scalp grow strong healthy hair. Lean sources of protein include fish, seafood, turkey, and chicken. Eggs and dairy products such as cottage cheese contain excellent sources of protein with high bioavailability. Beans, soy, seeds and nuts provide good sources of vegetarian forms of protein.
With the wide range of hair products purporting to boost hair growth and their labels sporting the latest buzzwords in the beauty industry, consumers often are left bitterly disappointed when their hair does not grow back. Regrowing hair lost to traction alopecia requires patience and dedication. You can treat it without wasting money on hair products that do not work. If you concentrate on taking a few steps to reduce the pulling, care for your scalp, and eat properly, you will likely be more successful in your hair regrowth efforts.