What is traction alopecia?

January 4, 2020

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What is traction alopecia? It is a gradual form of hair loss, which may be caused by some popular hairstyles such as pony tails or braids that may pull at the hair root, causing excessive hair loss and damage. Dermatologist Crystal Aguh, Director of Johns Hopkins’ Ethnic Skin Program specializes in hair loss affecting black women. Aguh says to protect your hair, you can work with your stylist. Ask for looser braids or locks, and remove them after three months. Hair weaves and extensions should come out after two months.

Exposing your hair to high heat and chemicals can contribute to excessive hair loss. Aguh recommends relying on skilled professionals for color and relaxing treatments. She says avoiding hair dryers, flat irons and curling irons wherever possible can help preserve your hair.

For more information, check out Hair Loss in Black Women: Tips from an Expert.

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