The most common cause of thin edges that I see in African American women is traction alopecia. An over-the-counter treatment, Rogaine®, which contains the active ingredient minoxidil, can sometimes help to treat thin edges caused by traction alopecia.
Can Rogaine help with traction alopecia?
According to a 2019 study in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, there is support for using minoxidil to treat traction alopecia. “Topical minoxidil can be helpful for promoting regrowth, but don’t apply if the scalp is inflamed,” King says.
Does women’s Rogaine work for alopecia?
It’s the only treatment FDA-approved for female pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia. Fortunately, minoxidil (Rogaine) can help stop the hair loss in its tracks. … In some cases, it can even help regrow new hair.
How do you know if your hair follicles are dead?
When your hair follicles are dead, they do not regrow hair. You can inspect your scalp and look for signs of hair growth. Even if you only see thin hair patches or fuzzy texture, your hair follicles are still alive and will continue to renew themselves.
Why minoxidil is bad?
Minoxidil can cause salt and water to build up in your body. This can lead to congestive heart failure. Your doctor should prescribe that you take a diuretic with minoxidil to help prevent this.
How long does traction alopecia take to heal?
Traction alopecia is often resolved within six months if it is caught and treated early. In severe cases, it can take as long as one year for a damaged scalp to regrow hair.
How do you treat traction alopecia naturally?
Here are some steps to treat this condition:
- Avoid tight hairstyles if possible. …
- Avoid or limit chemicals, including relaxers. …
- Change hairstyles every few weeks to prevent strain on one area of the scalp.
- Try hair growth products. …
- Use anti-inflammatories.
Can castor oil help traction alopecia?
Gemma Moodie, resident afro hairstylist at Neville Hair and Beauty, agrees and suggests that the key to encouraging any kind of growth is to gently massage the problem areas with rosemary oil or Jamaican castor oil. “When blood flow to the follicle is stimulated, this then encourages regrowth,” she says.