Traction Alopecia Part 2

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

In the last post I talked about traction alopecia, who it affects and the main reasons most African ladies have this problem. As I said, traction alopecia is caused by the pulling and subsequent tension on hair follicles on the scalp. The tension causes hair to start falling out in clumps and bald patches. The main causes are tight braids, weaves, cornrows, overprocessing of chemical relaxer and heat. In this post I shall go on to give advice to ladies who may be suffering from this condition as well as give some simple home remedies that can work on the scalp to remedy the situation. However when traction alopecia is at an advanced stage there is nothing one can do to regrow the hair.

Certain things can help regrow back the edges of the hairline such as;
  • Reduce the tension on the hairline by completely avoiding hairstyles that cause this tension such as braids and cornrows. Wear hair loose and avoid tight pony tails and buns.
  • Prepare a good hair regimen. Cleanse and deep condition often at minimum once every two weeks.
  • Massage the scalp often maybe even once a day with castor oil and olive oil which makes hair grow thicker and stronger.The massage aids good blood circulation which gives the hair roots nutrients and enhances hair growth.
  • Keep your scalp clean because a dirty clogged scalp will not sustain hair regrowth
  • Maintain a good exercise regime, healthy body=healthy hair
Most importantly if you keep rocking styles that cause tension on the scalp it makes the problem worse and you end up with a hairline that starts in the middle of your head and we all know how bad that looks.

Happy hair growing folks
pics courtesy of and google search
mary mogoi said...

*gasps* that poor little girl! death to tight up-do's and braids! folks, there's only one way to end this traction alopecia menace, and it begins with you. DO THE RIGHT THING!!! DON'T STRESS YOUR EDGES! be gentle :-)

Anonymous said...

my goodness, seeing those picks makes me so glad that i started my healthy hair journey. i know so many women who wear weaves, braids etc constantly and don't care about the damage that is being done to their hair so long as the fake hair looks good- thats all that matters to them.

any stylist who does your hair so tight that it rips it from your scalp, needs to be fired and sued.

Katie, HappyGirlHair said...
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Katie, HappyGirlHair said...

Hello Nyashy, the second picture shown is a photo of from I hold the copyright on that photo of my child and you are using it here without permission. Please remove it immediately.

And for the record, the photo illustrates the halo effect of breakage that can lead to traction alopecia over time. What is pictured is not traction alopecia. More over, the halo effect was photographed in a way that exaggerates it to illustrate my text on signs of hairline stress.

Thank you for your prompt cooperation and respect of my copyright and my child.

Nyashy Washy said...

Hey Katie,

Thanks for this...still very new to this whole blogging world. I have noted your concerns and taken off the pictures.

Katie, HappyGirlHair said...

Many thanks Nyashy!

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rohit triharch said...

Before going to bed put oil in a small container. The quantity of the oil should be in proportion to the length and density of your hair so as to be applicable on your complete hair. Apply oil on the tip of your fingers and rub it gently on the base of your hair enabling it to penetrate in to the roots of your hair. Let the oil gradually seep into roots of your hair & nourish them for the whole night.Do not apply on your palms and rub it vigorously as it may uproot weak hair. Slow application and massage of hair only would yield better results. The oil may be removed in the morning with washing of hair with a mild shampoo which does not contain chemicals

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