Traction alopecia is a form of pattern baldness that need not be suffered in silence. The principle causes are down to hair care products that irritate the scalp, tight hats that constantly rub on the scalp, and hairstyles that pull on the hair follicles. Each of these causes is avoidable in its own right, but even when the best endeavours are made to limit the damage, hair loss can still occur.
In that situation, it is important to know that traction alopecia treatments do exist and they do work to restore lost hair. There are several different treatment methods you can try and which will give the best results depends largely on the extent of the damage that has been suffered.
Deep Condition the Roots
The hair root connects the strand to the hair follicle, so when the root becomes brittle and damaged, it is only a matter of time before the hair itself snaps or falls out. When recovering from traction alopecia, it is important to ensure that the weakened hair roots have the time they need to repair themselves and become strong again.
Using a deep conditioning treatment on your hair will help to re-hydrate the roots. A deep conditioning restores vitality all through your hair, making it stronger and less prone to snapping — download our free ebook for a list of suitable conditioning treatments. By revitalising the hair that remains, you make it less prone to further damage; which frees up the body to work on repairing the damage to the scalp. In addition, a deep conditioning treatment softens the hair, making it easier to style. This reduces the need to apply strong haircare products that will only cause further damage to your scalp.
With the hair taken care of, it’s time to look at what can be done for the scalp itself. It may seem a little silly but massaging the scalp helps stimulate circulation in the capillaries that lie just below the surface of the skin. These are the blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles, so stimulating the blood flow helps to ensure your scalp gets the materials it needs to grow strong, healthy hair. Download our free ebook for step by step massage techniques to stimulate hair growth.
If you are uncomfortable with someone massaging your scalp and you can’t do it yourself, it is worth noting that brushing your hair also improves blood flow. The gentle pulling on the hair follicles caused by brushing your hair actually stimulates blood flow almost as well as a good massage. For best results, use a natural bristle brush rather than a heavy duty styling brush. Remember not to brush your hair too many times a day however, as all that pulling on the roots can result in more damage to the follicles.
Hair nourishment and hydration is an important part of the body’s natural methods of maintaining healthy hair. The scalp produces sebum, a mixture of natural oils, along the hair shaft; to nourish the hair and keep it from falling out. However, the scalp also sheds skin cells like every other part of the skin, and these are not always removed properly.
The dead cells mix with the oils on the hair and build up on the surface of the scalp. This causes irritation of the skin and the scalp becomes inflamed, which is a principle cause of hair loss in women. The problem is only made worse when excess sebum is produced, as happens in people who have naturally more oily skin.
A good scalp exfoliating treatment removes the excess sebum and clears away the dead skin cells. By exfoliating the scalp, you give it a chance to breathe and to recover from inflammation. In addition, regular exfoliation ensures that a build-up never has to occur in the first place; so exfoliating is an excellent method of preventing hair loss.
For best results, exfoliate just before washing your hair with a mild shampoo. This ensures that not only is your hair clean but all the dirt, dead cells and oils that build up on the scalp are washed away.
The effectiveness of each of the various traction alopecia treatments depends on the extent of the damage that has occurred, so it is a good idea to try several treatments before deciding which one you are going to stick with.
When it comes to restoring lost hair, you must also take into account that the effects won’t appear overnight. Each treatment will take time to work and nobody can guarantee results within any given time frame. Everything depends on the extent of the damage to the scalp; how long the hair follicles have been dormant; and also on your body’s own circumstances. Some people heal faster than others, but everyone heals in the end. Patience is the key.