What is Traction Alopecia?
02 / 25 / 19

What is Traction Alopecia?

Just about everyone is familiar with the concept of hair loss. What most people don't realize is that there are different types of hair loss, and also, that there are many different causes. Hair does not just "fall out" for no reason at all. There are many causes of this for men and women. One of the reasons that some people experience the loss of their hair is due to a condition known as traction alopecia. Let's discuss exactly what this is, what causes it, and what the treatment options are for just about anyone.

What Exactly is Traction Alopecia?

The loss of hair from excessive pulling or tension is called traction alopecia. It can occur when someone repeatedly pulls on their hair for a variety of reasons. In this case, the hair follicles are damaged from the tension and are unable to produce new hairs as a result. The person may experience hair loss that is primarily occurring on the back and front areas of the head. The loss of the hair is usually gradual, as force is applied to the hair. As a result of this excessive force, the loss of the hair may occur in the areas of the scalp where the tension is applied. It is important to note that in some cases traction alopecia can be reversed.

How Do I Know if Traction Alopecia is the Cause of My Hair Loss?

It is important to remember that everyone loses up to 100 hairs per day. If this is what you are noticing, it should not be a cause for concern. However, if you notice that you are losing hair excessively, ask yourself the following question: Is there any form of excessive tension applied to my hair on a regular basis? If the answer is yes, traction alopecia may be the cause of your hair loss.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of traction alopecia include blisters on the scalp, redness of the scalp, bumps, itching, and soreness. If you notice these symptoms along with excessive hair loss, it is important to stop wearing your hair up. If caught early, traction alopecia is fully reversible, as long as the tension that has been applied to the hair is discontinued. If you continue to pull on the hair, the loss may become permanent over time.

What are my Options?

If you have experienced hair loss due to traction alopecia, you have options! At LH Hair, we offer a range of solutions, including Capilia Head First. It is the first, and often the most important step in the prevention and rejuvenation of hair loss. With this treatment, we will first examine your scalp with a microscopic camera. We will then determine the appropriate mix of Capilia Head First products to meet your needs. The treatment is very relaxing and will have you feeling great.

We have a range of other solutions for men and women. Men can enjoy non-surgical implants, hair weaving, and polygraft hair replacement. For women, our solutions include fusion point weaving, wigs, gemtress, and cascade effect.

At LH hair, we realize that hair loss is a very personal issue. Our consultations are private, and we provide individualized attention to each client, making them feel as comfortable as possible. Your technician will listen carefully to your concerns and make professional recommendations regarding solutions and products to meet your needs. You can rest assured that our solutions are easy and effective and that you will look and feel great as a result!

If you have any questions regarding traction alopecia, Capilia Head First products, or would like to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.