Traction Hair Loss

Traction Alopecia – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Traction alopecia often occurs from the hair being pulled back tightly, particularly in those in a bunch or hair bun, for example. However, it is most often seen within the Afro-Caribbean community, who traditionally braided their hair often from childhood. This can also cause a specific form of scarring hair loss known as Central Centrifugal Alopecia.

In the past, hair extensions also caused considerable traction on the hair; however, techniques have vastly improved, and traction is minimal these days. If Traction Alopecia has occurred over several years, this presents most often in hairs lost along the front hairline.

The pulling on the follicles caused by traction alopecia from hair extensions, if of short duration, with sufficient and through counselling of hair care – can be halted and reversed. However, if the choice of hairpiece has been worn for many years without a break in between or superior enough treatment applied, unfortunately, the thinning and patches of loss may be permanent.

This can be compared to when eyebrow hair is plucked out for years; eventually, the follicle will stop producing the same quality of hair.

Testimonial from Traction Alopecia Patients

Samantha was suffering from hair thinning and broken hair. Hair loss conditions such as these are frequent complaints that are brought to Shuna Hammocks Trichology.

Sam’s hair has already improved and she was only too pleased to share her experience so far.