Did you know that there is a link between popular African-American hairstyling techniques and the hair loss condition traction alopecia?

Traction Alopecia Research

In 2016, a team at John Hopkins University School of Medicine analysed 19 studies with the aim of better understanding the prevalence of traction alopecia amongst African-American women. Traction alopecia is a condition that develops when the hair follicle is put under stress, resulting in hair being pulled out. The researchers found that some hairstyling techniques favoured by women with Afro-hair types increased the risk of developing this type of hair loss. They identified dreadlocks, braids and extensions as the highest-risk styles, noting that those with chemically straightened hair were most likely to be affected. Thermal straightening and chemical styling processes were categorised as moderate-risk as they can weaken the hair shaft. The use of adhesives to fix wigs was also found to be a factor in causing damage. Styles found to present a low-risk option were those which put minimal tension on the scalp, such as a loose bun, and natural hair.

Treating Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia can be prevented by making careful choices about hairstyles and techniques. It can also be stopped and the hair loss reversed if treated at its early stages. The first step for those who have traction alopecia is to switch to looser hairstyles and avoid chemical and thermal styling processes. The next step is to consider using hair restoration treatments to help stimulate regrowth. Some of the treatments recommended by Vinci Hair Clinic’s experts for women with traction alopecia include PRP Therapy, Mesotherapy and LLLT Laser Cap. They also offer the Vitruvian Line complex which contains vitamins and minerals to support healthy hair growth.

For women whose traction alopecia has been a long-term issue and there is damage to the follicles, it isn’t always possible to induce regrowth. An innovative solution for this problem is presented with Micro Scalp Pigmentation for Long Hair. The non-surgical technique uses an application of specialist pigments to the scalp disguise the areas of hair loss. By reducing the contrast between the skin and hair colour, Vinci’s technicians create an effect of improved hair density and a subtle, natural-looking result.

Afro-Hair Styling & Traction Alopecia