This is a post that is very close to my heart. You might be wondering wth is traction alopecia. This is a very common problem and is very visible if you walk around and notice.
Traction alopecia is a condition mainly affecting African women, it is caused by constant pulling and tension of the hair follicle over long periods of time. It often occurs in ladies who wear styles such as tight braids, cornrows and weaves and buns. Its also common in Japanese ladies that wear tight buns and Sikh men who grow their hair and put it in tight buns under their turbans.It may also occur in ladies who overprocess their hair during chemical treatments such as hair relaxers. The chemicals in this products can weaken the keratin in the hair follicle and brushing and combing of this weakened hair will cause the hair to fall off.Heat can also exacerbate traction alopecia through extensive use of heat appliances such as flat irons, curling irons and blowdriers. You do remember when the salon lady used to use a small comb to blowdry your baby hairs..talk about burning flesh...ouch!!Naomi Campbell's thin edges clear sign to Traction Alopecia
The reason Traction alopecia is so close to my heart is because it mainly affects young girls, teenager and young adults, and walking round Nairobi you do tend to see many young girls as young as 3 with tight corn rows, braid extensions and even chemically relaxed. This young girls could over time suffer from traction alopecia and the saddest part is that THE HAIR DOES NOT GROW BACK. The young girls have hairlines that start from the middle of their heads and bald spots near their ears.
Most ladies would rather hide the problem by donning weaves and even braiding hair...this makes the situation worse and at an advanced stage the hair will never grow back. I will go on in the next post to explain what you can do to combat traction alopecia early.
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