traction alopeciaWhen you think of the nineties, chances are you’ll most likely remember the slicked back ponytails, the cornrows and extra tight braids. Although a memorable decade, many women ended up suffering from hair loss they caused due to their damaging hair styling habits. Naomi Campbell was one particularly high profile celebrity who suffered with traction alopecia after years of photo shoot hair styling.

Traction Alopecia

This kind of hair loss is the result of pulling on hair which has gone on for a prolonged period of time. Excessively tight hairstyles on a regular basis can weaken the hair follicles over time and lead to permanent hair loss. If the condition is caught early on, it is possible to prevent damage and to even restore some of the hair loss.

If your scalp begins to feel uncomfortable from a braid or ponytail, loosen your hair so that you can avoid damage.

Treating Traction Alopecia

However if it is too late, the only treatment option is a hair transplant. The procedure works by taking healthy hair follicles from the back of the head, dividing them up under a microscope and then implanting them one by one to fill in the balding areas on the scalp. This method is known as a follicular unit extraction (FUE), it is minimally invasive and doesn’t leave patients with any visible scars.

The other hair transplant method is the follicular unit transplantation (FUT), in this method a thin strip of hair is removed from the donor region and the donor region is stitched back up. the process does leave patients with a linear scar however it is easily concealed by the rest of the hair in the back of the head. An FUT method allows the surgeon to transplant a greater number of hair grafts in a single session and deliver more consistent results.

Patients report a very manageable recovery period and many are able to return to work the next day following the transplant. Results are often visible within a few months and patients can cut and style their hair as normal.