Every 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:
- Tight ponytails
- Twists or twisted hairband styles
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. Below we cover some of the early symptoms of traction alopecia.
Early Symptoms of Traction Alopecia Include:
- Scalp redness
- 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.
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