Traction Alopecia

Understanding How It Looks and How To Treat It.

Unlike other types of hair loss, which are often due to causes out of our control, Traction Alopecia is often caused by the person experiencing hair loss. Traction Alopecia is caused by pulling the hair too tightly over a prolonged period of time. This pulling puts stress and tension on the follicle and over time it can damage the follicle enough that it will no longer produce hair. 
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.

Symptoms of Traction Alopecia

Hair loss at front of the scalp
Temporal loss


Traction Alopecia is caused by pulling the hair too tightly over a prolonged period of time.

Commonly occurs with the use of cornrows, dreadlocks, or tight ponytails.
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    Patient Profile

    Age: 40

    Symptoms: Thinning in temples and frontal hairline

    Causes: Androgenic Alopecia and Traction Alopecia

    Treatment: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, Low Level Laser Therapy, & Minoxidil
    Individual Results May Vary
  • Before

    After

    Patient Profile

    Age: 40

    Symptoms: Loss in Temporal Areas

    Causes: Traction Alopecia

    Treatment: FUT Hair Transplant
    Individual Results May Vary

Clinically Proven Treatments for Traction Alopecia

Women in the U.S. spend billions of dollars yearly buying products to make their hair thicker, stronger, and fuller. However, most hair regrowth products sold to help thicken or regrow hair are not based on scientific evidence.

The following are hair rejuvenation treatments that are clinically proven to work.
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Can Hair Styling Cause Hair Loss?

One question I hear from almost every woman I meet with is, “Does coloring or styling my hair cause or worsen my hair loss?” The answer to that question is “sometimes, but certainly not all the time.

Can Hair Extensions Cause Hair Loss?

One of the easiest ways to mask thinning hair is the use of hair extensions or hair clips. We have seen many patients that come to our practice and either has a history of using these products or are currently using them. The appeal is understandable, as it is a quick way to add the appearance of volume or thickness to your hair. However, hair extensions can potentially cause further hair loss.

What Is Traction Alopecia and is it Preventable?

So what makes Traction Alopecia so different? Unlike other types of hair loss, which are often due to causes out of our control, Traction Alopecia is often caused by the person experiencing hair loss. Traction Alopecia is caused by pulling the hair too tightly over a prolonged period of time. This pulling puts stress and tension on the follicle and over time it can damage the follicle enough that it will no longer produce hair.

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