Traction Alopecia Symptoms

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It is important for one to be conversant with traction alopecia symptoms because in the early stages of traction alopecia, the hair loss is reversible. But, if this hair loss condition is left to progress unchecked, it becomes irreversible and results in permanent hair loss.

They are several symptoms of traction alopecia but the most common one is gradual and painless hair loss. This is usually localized hair loss and commonly affects the areas where the hair is under a lot of tension. Perfect examples are the areas are along the hairline and above the ears and this results in  many dermatologist patients or hairstylist clients seeking hair treatments complaining of a receding hairline.   

Traction alopecia symptoms also include broken and damaged hair shafts. The hair regrowth on the affected areas may also be noted to be thinner than on the rest of the scalp.

Closer inspection of the scalp may also reveal inflamed hair follicles. There may also be secondary bacterial infection around the affected hair follicles with the resultant appearance of red bumps or pustules along the receding hairline.

Other symptoms associated with traction alopecia include headaches and pain on the scalp due to the tight hairstyle and not to the traction alopecia itself.   

Note that the rate at which the symptoms of traction alopecia develop depends on how much tension is put on the hair and how long the hair has been under that tension. This rate of hair loss also depends on the condition of the hair. If the hair is already weakened by chemical processes such as relaxing or physical processes such as hot ironing, then the hair loss will be visible much more quickly compared to natural healthy hair.  

In conclusion, if you notice that you have any of the traction alopecia symptoms, the best thing that you can do for your hair and for yourself is to change your hairstyle. Style your hair, or your beard for that matter, in a manner that does not exert a lot of tension on the hair follicles and consult your dermatologist for other hair loss solutions and your hairstylist for natural hair treatments.