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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