Alopecia

Dandruff and Hair Loss

does dandruff cause hair loss?Dandruff, also known as seborrheic dermatitis, affects roughly half the adult population. Though it can affect other parts of your body, it primarily causes dry, scaly skin on your scalp resulting in dead skin falling off in flakes, commonly referred to as dandruff. While you may have known all of that already, what you might not have known is that it could lead to hair loss. [Read more…] about Dandruff and Hair Loss

Hairstyle Appreciation Day

man with a tight man bun hairstyleEvery April 30 is Hairstyle Appreciation Day, a day designed to honor hairstyles and those who create them. Hair and hairstyles are getting more attention than ever with the animated short film, Hair Love, winning an Oscar.

Can Your Hairstyle Be the Cause of Your Hair Loss?

Unfortunately, yes, certain hairstyles can lead to hair loss. While people can lose hair for a wide variety of reasons like genetics, autoimmune disorders, stress, etc. certain hairstyles can cause temporary hair loss which can become permanent.

The hairstyles most likely to cause hair thinning are:

What all of those hairstyles have in common are that they can tightly pull on the hair follicles. If continued over time, without breaks or alternating styles, the tension causes inflammation and damages the hair follicle, causing permanent hair loss called traction alopecia. While all of those styles and more can be performed without the unnecessary tension that leads to hair loss, it’s all too common for it to turn into a problem.

Worse, certain professions have requirements or expectations that involve these hairstyles. Military personnel, ballerinas, law enforcement officers, gymnasts, and surgical teams frequently have to wear their hair in tight buns or braids. In some cases, short hairstyles can be worn as an alternative but not always, which means women and people of color,  disproportionately suffer from traction alopecia.

Hairstyles to Prevent Hair Loss and Hairstyles for Traction Alopecia

Loose hairstyles do not cause traction alopecia. If alternated with those that constrain the hair, traction alopecia can be averted or reversed. Some hairstylists of African descent have developed hairstyles for traction alopecia that camouflage the condition while giving the scalp a chance to rest.

Other hairstyle trends that can lead to traction alopecia:

  • Using clips, bands, pins, etc.
  • Sleeping in rollers every night
  • Wearing the same tight hairstyle all the time
  • Having very long hair for a long time – the weight can pull on the scalp
  • Tight ponytails, buns, braids, twists, dreadlocks, cornrows, weaves, extensions, etc.

The other important aspect of traction alopecia is recognizing it early because the sooner it is detected and addressed, the better the results and the greater the chance of reversal.

Early symptoms of traction alopecia include:

  • Scalp redness
  • Headaches
  • Stinging, itching, or soreness in the scalp
  • Widening hair part
  • Scalp sensitivity after letting your hair down

Celebrate Hairstyle Appreciation Day and take care of your scalp by trying a new style if you are concerned about developing traction alopecia or wear your hair pulled tightly. The change of pace will be good for both your mood and your hair follicles.

RHRLI Are the Hair Restoration Experts

If you’re suffering from hair loss, we here at RHRLI have the experience to restore your head of hair. Our state-of-the-art facility uses the ARTAS® robot for precise results and faster healing. To learn more as to why RHRLI is Long Island’s hair restoration leader, contact us today.

Prescription Medications and Hair Loss

Medications and Hair LossIf you see a lot more people wearing purple on March 26 than usual it’s because “Purple Day” is another name for Epilepsy Awareness Day. Epilepsy is a chronic condition that involves recurring, unprovoked seizures, sometimes caused by a brain injury or family genetics, but sometimes the cause is unknown. [Read more…] about Prescription Medications and Hair Loss

Autoimmune Disease and Hair Loss

Autoimmune disease caused hair lossAutoimmune diseases are a grouping of more than 80 chronic diseases, which are frequently debilitating and sometimes life-threatening. The National Institutes of Health estimates that up to seven percent of the population – that’s up to 23.5 million Americans – have an autoimmune disease. [Read more…] about Autoimmune Disease and Hair Loss

Organ Donation and Hair Loss

National Organ Donor DayAfter genetics and hormones, which are factors in male/female pattern hair loss, illness and medication side effects are key factors in hair loss. With National Organ Donation Day coming on February 14, it’s a great time to examine the role of organ transplants in hair loss – as a possible future treatment. [Read more…] about Organ Donation and Hair Loss

Coronavirus Safety

RHRLI has reopened. Be assured that we are following all CDC guidelines for safety and sanitary operation to avoid the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19. None of our patients or staff team have had any symptoms nor have they tested positive.

We are also still doing complimentary phone and virtual consultations if that makes you more comfortable and are available to answer questions.

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