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.
Can traction alopecia be treated?
Although there is no cure, hair can regrow if treated early. Treatments include behavioral modification, topical applications, and injectables. Behavioral Modification — Hairstyles that cause traction alopecia include: Braiding.
How do you stop traction alopecia?
What can I do to prevent traction alopecia?
- Wear low to moderate risk hairstyles. …
- Change your hairstyle more often.
- Take breaks between artificial hair use.
- Make sure braids, cornrows, or weaves are not too tight. …
- Wear loose braids around the hairline especially.
- Get thick braids or dreadlocks rather than thin ones.
Which alopecia is permanent?
Cicatricial alopecia .
It involves inflammation that destroys hair follicles. The destroyed follicles get replaced by scar tissue, resulting in permanent hair loss in the area.
Can dead follicles regrow?
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.
How can I regrow hair after traction alopecia?
Your doctor might prescribe one of these treatments for traction alopecia:
- antibiotics to prevent infection in any open sores.
- topical steroids to bring down swelling on your scalp.
- antifungal shampoos.
- minoxidil (Rogaine) to regrow hair.
- biotin supplements to strengthen your hair.
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.
How do you know if your hair follicles are damaged?
Hair loss or thinning: A damaged hair follicle will be unable to create a strong piece of hair. Consequently, hair will become thin, brittle, and weak. You might notice that it’s breaking more frequently than it would or altogether falling out.
Is traction alopecia hereditary?
It is uncertain whether there is a true genetic predisposition to traction alopecia. It is mainly due to hair-styling practices. It can affect people from all ethnic backgrounds. Traction alopecia has been seen in some people with cultural, religious and occupational hairstyles.