If you’re worried about hair loss, you may be interested in this hair loss research published in the British Journal of Dermatology . It turns out that hairstyles involving tight braiding (corn rows) or hair extensions can lead to permanent hair loss. That’s right, gone…no more…bald patches for life. The situation is made even worse if straightening chemicals are used.
According to the researchers who examined over 2000 people in South Africa, one third of women had “ traction alopecia ” as did 1 out of 7 children. And the worst part is that it’s likely that the hair won’t grow back.
The Beauty Brains have previously talked about traction alopecia. It is a condition in which a constant pulling action loosens hair from its follicular roots. The hair falls out and the follicle becomes inflamed. This can lead to the follicle shutting down and a permanent bald patch.
Traction alopecia is more common among African American population because of corn row hair styles and the more frequent use of hair relaxers. It also has become more frequent among female athletes who wear their hair in tight pony tails and nurses using bobby pins to secure their caps.
The best advice is to stop wearing these kinds of hair styles. But if you do, make sure to give your hair a “rest”. Don’t keep braids in for days on end. Don’t keep your hair in a super tight pony tail.
Admittedly, it’s a rare condition but it does happen. Treat your hair kind and you can keep it for a long time. Pull on it too much and it just might not come back.