Do you know the different types of Alopecia????Do you know the different types of Alopecia????

⦁ Alopecia Areata

⦁ Alopecia Totalis

⦁ Alopecia Universalis

⦁ Alopecia Barbae

⦁ Androgenetic Alopecia

⦁ Scarring Alopecia

⦁ Traction Alopecia

⦁ Anagen Effluvium

⦁ Telogen Effluvium

Who knew there were so many Alopecias!!!!

My focus today is on Traction Alopecia. What is TRACTION ALOPECIA? It means pulling of hair from its hairline.
This is common in women especially; the young, teenagers and adults.


Traction alopecia is a form of alopecia which happens over time. This is a different type of hair loss which means putting so much tension on your hair and it’s usually caused by the following;

⦁ Tight braids

⦁ Dreadlocks 

⦁ Tight ponytail

⦁ Trichotillomania

⦁ Tight hair piece

⦁ Hair clips that are repeatedly put on the same spot on your hair.

⦁ Headbands

⦁ Weaves or wigs attached with glue or clips or tape

.⦁ repeated use of hair rollers

If you do any of the following then, the constant tension causes the area of the hair to thin- this happens around the temples or behind your ears.
Have you ever taken painkillers because your hair is so tight it gives you a headache?

Do you have an itchy scalp after you have taken out braids and weaves?
If you notice any of these signs, that means your hair is on its way to tension to cause traction Alopecia. We need to pay attention to our hair.
If the follicles on your head have been traumatized badly or scar occurs for a long period of time, then the hair will not grow on its own. The area is most likely to look shiny.

If this is the case, a dermatologist or a trichologist is needed to speak to. They will tell you whether or not it will cause permanent scarring and discuss the necessary options that best suits you.
Speak to your hairdresser about taking good care of your scalp. As women, we have to maintain a good scalp hygiene it’s necessary.


1. Braid hair loosely- When you go to the hairdressers to braid your hair, they always make it so tight that we can’t even move our heads left to right. We as women need to speak up and tell our hairdressers not to make it tight but loose. This is the number one thing that you should do to avoid traction alopecia.

2. Before brushing sprayed hair, it’s important to wash it first- For all models, students and all women out there who use Hairspray and Gel, it’s advisable that after we are back from work and school, we should wash all the chemicals that stiffen your hair. If you brush dried Hairspray or Gel on your head, it will create a shaft and can damage your hair creating hair loss. Blow-dry your hair before combing. Why?? Let me tell you that wet hair strands are more fragile than dry strands. After that then combing can commence.

3. Hydrate our hair-Women and Men if you notice your hair is dry, you should invest in moisturizer and products that hydrate the hair to be strong and healthy.

4. Always change your ponytail location – So as to not put pressure on one spot.

5. Remove extensions- It’s advisable that our weaves should be on our heads for at least 5-6 weeks, so our hair can breathe and recover before we use them again.

6. Change our braids hairstyle after 2 to 3 months.

7. Don’t retwist the root of dreadlocks.

Traction Alopecia is real so lets put an end to it by following the steps above and feel good and comfortable with our hair. SAY NO TO TIGHT BRAIDS AND SAY HELLO TO FREEDOM.


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