Can Traction Alopecia Be Reversed? #TeamEdges


by Jonna via BlackNaps.org

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, can have an effect on your entire body, not just your scalp. There are several forms and causes of alopecia, but traction alopecia is one that is totally preventable. But is it reversible? First, let’s talk about what traction alopecia is and what causes it.

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Traction Alopecia- Prevention and Stimulating Hair Growth

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by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss in a certain area that is caused by applying constant tension and pulling to the hair in that area. Unlike other types of hair loss, traction alopecia is completely behavioral, and is not caused by diet, genetics, or any other source. The damage is reversible, but can become permanent if the tension is continued.

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Traction Alopecia: How to Work It


by LaTonya of curlyhue.com

I posted this picture on my social media outlets the other day. I mentioned that I've had (and still have) traction alopecia since the age of 7. For me, the damage is permanent. However in their pulling rampage, my caretakers did the least damage at the very edge of my hairline. Because of that, since a teenager, I've been able to camouflage my worst area (my temples) in some hair styles.

To see what I mean, check out this video by MlleCafeAuLait, we don't use the same products but the method is pretty much the same.


**Disclaimer: This does NOT give you permission to snatch yourselves bald. It DOES however provide an option for those of us who have no choice in the matter.

How I maintain what's left:
  • Primarily smooth edges with my fingers (sometimes I'll use a soft toothbrush or baby hair brush).
  • Keep problem areas moisturized
  • Use a mixture of Jojoba & Jamaican Black Castor on water damp hair, as my primary smoothing agent.
  • Never gather or pull hair too tight- always mindful of edges
The steps I follow:
  1. Spritz area with water
  2. Apply oil mixture
  3. Tie the area down with a scarf for a few minutes... and you're good to go.

As a kid, it was so embarrassing to have long hair most of my life and nearly ziltch for hair at my temples. Discontinuing relaxers helped the less affected part of my temple area fill in.

Notes: 

-My temporary color spray brand of choice is High Beams.
-When my hair is freshly colored I wear: Brown.
-When I have lots of "roots" or no color in my hair at all, I wear: Brown-Black
-High Beams as well as the brand MlleAuLait uses can be found at local beauty supply stores and Amazon.


Are you dealing with traction alopecia? Share your experiences below. 


CN Says:
Want more info on alopecia, check out this link

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