What is Traction Alopecia?

Traction Alopecia is a disorder causing hair loss due to stain put on the hair, tight ponytail, pigtails, or braids or other unusual hair styles. It is seen more commonly seen in women, particularly in Black Afro-Caribbean and East Indian women.

Traction alopecia is also known as traumatic alopecia.

The 2 types of traction alopecia are marginal and nonmarginal.

Causes of Traction Alopecia

Telogen conversion
Long term hair pulling and breakage due to very tight hair braiding, hair weaves and cornrows
Over use of hair softeners such as permanent wave solutions
Repetitive application of hot combs
Chemical treatment of hair with dyes, bleaches, or straighteners

Symptoms of Traction Alopecia

Itching and dandruff
Cicatrization (scarring) of the new hair follicle and permanent hair loss
Patchy areas of hair loss
Perifollicular erythema, scales, and pustules on scalp

Traction Alopecia Treated see below:

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One response to “What is Traction Alopecia?”

  1. Hi, i have dreadlocks and was told by a dermatologist approx 5 years ago that my locks were too long, so i cut them and have kept it short(shoulder) ever since. The thinning patch was the size of a 20p and could be disguised by the rest of my hair. However during the last six months the thinnning patch has increased to a 50p size. Again saw another dermatologist who again said maybe my hair is too long and called it traction alopecia. will it ever grow back with or without treatment. HELP as i’m finding it hard to cover it up bar ponytails (much to old for that)