Traction Alopecia can be caused by many hairstyles, including tight ponytails, braids, cornrows, and extensions. We most often see hair loss in the temples or front of the hairline or between the braids or cornrows.
Traction Alopecia does not occur overnight and it does not mean people can never utilize hairstyles that put tension on the hair. However, to prevent Traction Alopecia from occurring, it is best to avoid these types of hairstyles every day or for a prolonged period of time. The good news is that Traction Alopecia can often be reversed if caught early.