traction alopecia


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trac·tion al·o·pe·ci·a

circumscribed or diffuse loss of hair resulting from repetitive traction on the hair by pulling or twisting; also occurs after excessive application of hair "softeners" such as permanent wave solutions or hot combs. Alopecia marginalis is a form of traction alopecia.
Synonym(s): traumatic alopecia
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

trac·tion al·o·pe·ci·a

(trakshŭn alō-pēshē-ă)
Circumscribed or diffuse loss of hair due to repetitive traction on the hair by pulling or twisting; also occurs after excessive application of hair "softeners" such as permanent wave solutions or hot combs.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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Traction alopecia is a form of alopecia caused by excessive tension on the hair.
Again, traction alopecia can result if these braids along the scalp are pulled too tightly, Dr.
Celebrity hair extensions expert Tatiana Karelina, who counts famous faces including Danielle O'Hara, Stacey Solomon and Lauren Goodger among her clients, said of Campbell's condition: "The interesting thing to note is that traction alopecia doesn't progress like other hair diseases.
In fact, weaves and hair extensions could possibly contribute to suffering from Traction Alopecia in the long run.
Ironically, the prostheses chosen by many of the women with severe hair loss mimicked long, straight hairstyles--but were so thick and heavy they contributed to the problem by causing traction alopecia or folliculitis, peripilar casts, and seborrhea from infrequent shampooing.
Wendy Roberts, a dermatologist practicing in Rancho Mirage, Calif., spoke about the risks of traction alopecia associated with some hairstyles and why it's in patients' best interest to avoid them if they don't want to experience premature hair loss.
“Not only do we want to teach parents a variety of techniques and styles that they can use at home on their daughters' natural hair, we also want to educate black women about Traction Alopecia and how to avoid bald edges,” said another employee for Cleo of Lily.
Trichologist Renee Lagrange, who specialises in Afro-Caribbean hair in Harley Street, London said: "People get bald patches because they don't rest from wearing weaves and stress to the roots can cause temporary hair loss known as traction alopecia.
Hair experts have agreed, saying that extensions attached too close to the scalp or to too few strands of hair can put such tension on follicles in the scalp that they can become inflamed, causing hair to fall out - a condition known as traction alopecia.So many hair salons are falling over each other to make an extra dollar," Dr Jennifer Martinick, a hair specialist, said.
Repeated use can spark traction alopecia - where lashes fall out and don't grow back.
She said: "There is a possibility that Ms Campbell could be experiencing a condition called traction alopecia but, if so, it is a very mild case.