Welcome to TractionAlopecia.com, a resource of information about traction alopecia’s causes and treatments.

Traction alopecia is a form of alopecia, or gradual hair loss, caused primarily by a pulling force that is applied to natural hair.

Many of today’s hair styling techniques can create amazing looks to enhance your appearance.  Extensions can help give the fullness and length that you want. Some of them are used very heavily in entertainment. However, many of the celebrities you are familiar with also suffer from hair loss because of them.

Essentially, any method that pulls and stresses your natural hair can result in breakage and baldness associated with traction alopecia.

Traction alopecia occurs predominantly in women. Due to the popularity of extensions and other related styling techniques which cause hair tension, traction alopecia is more common than most of us realize.

Warning Signs

Itchiness, bumps or redness of the scalp Headaches and pain from hair tension Receding hairline Spontaneous breakage of hair extensions

Hair styles and techniques that contribute to traction alopecia include:

Extensions Weaves Tight ponytails Cornrows Braids Dreadlocks Use of clips or links to attach hair pieces Drawstring ponytails Tight buns Turbans Sleeping caps and scarves Sleeping in rollers

Many times the weight of the extensions, weave or dreadlocks are too heavy. The excessive and constant pulling can cause the hair follicles to tear. This may result in infection and/or inflammation of the follicles.

If it is detected early, traction alopecia can be reversed. You may have to shorten the length of time your hair spends in certain styles.  You may have to find new hair styles altogether. A dermatologist can help make the best recommendations.

However, if traction alopecia is allowed to progress, the hair loss can be permanent. At this point, transplant procedures are the only way to reverse the baldness.

Irrespective of what phase you are experiencing with this condition, TractionAlopecia.com was created to help inform people on what they can do to correct this form of hair loss.

We welcome you to surf through our collection of informed and knowledgeable articles about the causes and available treatments for traction alopecia.