Although tying your hair up in a tight ponytail or bun would be the first thing many of us do when getting ready for a work out, constantly adopting the same tight hairstyle during could contribute to unnecessary hair loss.
By making the same tight hairstyle on a regular basis, you could be putting too much traction on your hair follicles which can lead to the onset of traction alopecia. Although the condition is rare, when the roots are consistently tugged at for long periods of time the hair follicles become weakened and damaged. Over a long period of time, permanent hair loss can occur.
Try to adopt a looser hair style when working out or changing your hairstyle regularly. You could opt for a hair-wrap along with a loose ponytail to stop hair from coming in your eyes. Otherwise a loose braid is ideal as it keeps hair out of the way and neatly styled, you can accessorise with some barrettes or attempt a French braid or fishtail braid for a change in look.
What Is Traction Alopecia?
Traction alopecia is hair loss which is caused by extreme pulling or force placed on the hair follicles. This strain on the hair follicles can cause hair to stretch to the point where the hair root is weakened and the hair falls out. The condition is entirely under the control of the individual and can be easily prevented by avoiding tight hairstyles such as ponytails, buns, cornrows, braid and dreadlocks. Even wearing hair extensions on a regular basis can weaken the hair roots.
By catching the condition early, you can reduce and reverse a majority of the damage quickly. If care is not taken, hair will not grow back in the affected follicles and a hair transplant may be the only option left to restore hair growth.