Hair Styles That Cause Hair Loss.
It may come as a surprise to you, but there are several types of hairstyles which can cause hair loss in both men and women. The cause of this is something known as ‘Traction Alopecia.’ Traction Alopecia is where hair loss occurs after hair is gently pulled on for days and hours as a result of the way the hair is styled. Most of the time this is not noticeable as the pulling on the roots is very gentle. Over several months and years, this can lead to severe hair loss and can result in a need for hair transplant surgery.
So, what are the hairstyles that can cause Traction Alopecia? Here are our five hairstyles to avoid!
Whilst it may be a some practical hairstyle, ponytails can result in hair loss from both the front and the top of your head. As a general rule the tighter the ponytail the more likely it is to cause Traction Alopecia which can cause damage to your hair. We suggest that if you are wearing your hair up in a ponytail you should alter its position several times a day to relieve the pressure on the roots. A looser ponytail will also help reduce the stress put on the roots by the hairstyle.
Cornrows cause damage as the hair is braided quite closely and tightly to the scalp. This creates tension and will lead to hair loss and hair breakage, especially if you choose to keep your hair in cornrows for a long period. Also, if you don’t clean your hair properly, there are chances that you may encourage infections that will promote the formation of bald spots.
Dreadlocks are perhaps one of the most damaging hairstyles which can lead to hair loss. Dreadlocks damage the hair follicles and over a period of time, the hair become tangled to form dreads. This causes hair loss, dandruff, and other scalp conditions. As the picture above shows a prolonged period of time with dreadlocks can cause severe hair loss all over the scalp. We strongly recommend thinking twice before going with dreadlocks!
It should come as no surprise that a bun can cause hair loss. The old-fashioned nickname for Traction Alopecia is ‘Ballerina Baldness’. The name comes from the hair loss caused by a traditional ballerina’s bun. When professional ballerinas wore buns day in and day out, they inevitably became bald very quickly! It isn’t just ballerinas that suffered from hair loss from this hairstyle. Professional footballer Gareth Bale, who was very much the poster boy for the ‘man-bun’ hairstyle, has recently been looking for a hair transplant after receiving abuse on Twitter.
Although a weave may boost your self-confidence and cushion your dipping self-esteem temporarily, it certainly has a drawback. Weaves can cause traction alopecia and bald spots associated with glue extensions. Usually when artificial hair is integrated, it is done either by weaving, glueing or clipping (strand by strand) and this is known to damage your scalp.
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If this blog has led to you worrying about your own hair loss then it might be helpful for you to come and visit one of our free hair loss consultations. Sometimes it will be better for a patient to address their hair loss problems with supplements and medication rather than proceed right away with a hair transplant.
By offering a free consultation we can potentially save you hundreds of pounds before the first step is taken to addressing your hair loss issues. Other clinics will charge you hundreds of pounds for these consultations and may prescribe expensive treatments that you just do not need.
With our Hair Loss Clinics taking place across the UK we are sure that you will be able to find a hair loss clinic location to suit you. If you are contemplating a hair transplant then we strongly recommend that you visit us as soon as possible.