7 Steps to Preventing Traction Alopecia

Black hair has a unique structure that is spiral and coily in nature. This structure makes our hair more susceptible to damage from chemical treatments and hairstyles that exert tension on the follicles.

However, our hair serves as a natural shield against the sun and aids in regulating body temperature by promoting air circulation through the scalp. Additionally, fluids tend to distribute unevenly along the hair strands, which helps in reducing water loss and contributes to regulating body temperature.

Traction alopecia is a condition that commonly affects black women. It is caused by the use of hairpieces and hairstyles that apply continuous and repeated tension on the hair, leading to the shortening of hairs along the front edges of the hairline. 

What can I do about traction alopecia?

To protect your hair from damage, follow these steps:

1. Ask for looser braids or dreadlocks.

2. Remove braids after three months.

3. Remove weave or hair extensions after eight weeks.

4. Avoid chemicals, if you experience breakage or shedding.

5. Minimize or avoid heat styling with hair dryers, flat irons, & curling irons.

6. Massage growth oil around temples and along edges.

7. Consult with a licensed dermatologist.

Full Article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4560533/


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