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Losing our hair can be a natural part of life. In some cases, loss of hair and thinning of the hair is something that will happen no matter what we do. However, there are a number of different things that we can do to help prevent hair loss.

A common cause of female hair loss is traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is the name given to hair loss due to traction (or pulling). Although associated with the word alopecia, this type of hair loss is totally in your control.

How can my hairstyle cause hair loss?

Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that happens over a longer period of time, putting your hair under constant strain or tension can cause your hair to fall out. The gradual hair loss happens primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair.

By putting your hair in a variety of hairstyles that cause the hair to be pulled you run the risk of gradually losing some of the hair. Traction alopecia can easily be stopped, and if you can stop it from happening all together by choosing your daily hairstyles carefully.

What hairstyles cause traction alopecia?

Usually, tight hairstyles are the main cause of traction alopecia, as they put a lot of tension on the hair. Having a very tight, or high, ponytail can put tension on the hairline and after prolonged wear, can cause hair loss.

The most common hairstyle that causes hair loss is having your hair in tight brains or cornrows. These two styles require the hair to be pulled very tight, which puts tension on the hair.

Certain hair accessories such as hair clips, hair bands and head ties can also cause the hair to fall out. After daily wear the accessory can repeatedly rub on the same area of the scalp, which can have the same effect.

Will I get traction alopecia?

It is not certain that you will get traction alopecia, however, if you have your hair in tight hairstyles on a daily basis this could lead to hair loss. One of the first signs of traction alopecia is thinning hair around the temples or behind your ears.

If you believe your hair might be thinning due to traction alopecia, we advise that you wear your hair either down, or in a loose hairstyle that does not pull the root of the hair. This will prevent further hair loss, and allow the hair time to repair.

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