In the Black community the regular hair styling routine includes hairstyles like extremely tight cornrows, which are often done on young children. In pop culture, celebrities and models like Nicki Minaj , Beyonce and Tyra Banks have glamourized the wearing of hair weaves and wigs.
Have you ever heard of traction alopecia? It may sound like some sort of rare or deadly disease but it’s actually relatively common, particularly among black women. Alopecia is the clinical term for “hair loss” and traction means “pulling'”. There are several forms of alopecia, but traction alopecia may be the easiest to prevent but harder to detect. Why? Traction alopecia is caused by repetitive hairstyle methods that gradually pull the hair out of the follicle leading to hair loss.
Popular Hairstyles That May Cause Traction Alopecia
- Weaves/ Wigs
But when done incorrectly, carelessly or repeatedly hair weaves, hair extensions , lace front wigs and hair pieces attached with glue or tape adhesives are often the direct culprits in hair loss. Many women have literally pulled the hair right out of their scalps when removing or changing these hairstyles! Even if a hairstyle may not feel painful or extremely tight initially, the extra weight imposed on your scalp that occurs when attaching large amounts of additional hair with braid or weave hairstyles can slowly do major damage over time. The constant pulling on the scalp damages the hair follicle beneath the scalp where hair growth starts. If extreme hairstyle methods are not changed, it can lead to permanent damage to the follicle and irreversible hair loss.
Even famous models and celebrities are not immune to the effects of overdoing it with hair extensions, wigs and weaves. Apparently, the beautiful supermodel Naomi Campbell Is Losing Her Hair.
In order to prevent possible permanent damage to your hair follicles, which means no more hair growth to that area, you should vary your hairstyles and avoid any hairstyle methods that involve constant and or extreme pulling of the hair follicles.