Atlanta hairstylist, Jasmine Collins, has hit the headlines after sharing heart-breaking videos of clients who have suffered severe hair loss due to weaves and extensions, which can cause a condition known as traction alopecia.
Both hairstyles have become extremely common in recent years, but many women have no idea just how damaging they can be.
The clip shared has been viewed over 3.1 million times and Collins is hoping it educates people into the dangers of tight-pulling hairstyles.
Traction alopecia becoming increasingly common
Collins isn’t the only hairstylist to see an increase in clients coming through their doors with traction alopecia. However, she was keen to point out that she isn’t completely anti-weave. Hair loss is only a potential problem for those who rely upon weaves and extensions on a daily basis. So if you have the odd extensions put in, you’re unlikely to see a problem.
It isn’t just weaves and extensions that lead to traction alopecia. Many hairstyles have the potential to damage the hair follicles and lead to gradual hair loss – even tight ponytails. It’s something women need to be aware of as once the hair follicle becomes damaged, it cannot be repaired.
Is there a treatment for traction alopecia?
Unfortunately, there is no reversing traction alopecia. However, there are treatments out there which can help disguise the problem.
SMP, or Scalp MicroPigmentation, can cover up bald spots and receding hairlines. It’s a specialised tattoo procedure which is designed to look like hair follicles. It does offer a realistic effect and is a long lasting treatment.
If you’re suffering from mild traction alopecia, Minoxidil can help to stop further hair loss and encourage regrowth. This can be bought over the counter in a 2% strength variation, but stronger formulas will need to be prescribed.
Overall, as traction alopecia isn’t something that can be reversed, the best cure is prevention. Stop styling your hair in tight-pulling hairstyles and seek advice from a doctor or your hairstylist if you’re worried about hair loss.