You can look fabulous with a sleek ponytail or cornrow, or a tightly pulled updo. Hair loss can occur if your hair is pulled too tightly. You can maintain your style and not lose your hair by making some changes.
Hairstyles that prevent hair loss from tightening
Hair loss can occur if your hair is pulled tightly. This type of hair loss is actually medically termed traction alopecia. It’s known as traction alopecia (aloh-peesha).
These dermatologist’s tips can help reduce the risk of this type of hair loss.
Avoid pulling your hair too often. While it is okay to have your hair pulled back every once in a while you should avoid pulling your hair too tight all day. Constant pulling can lead to hair breaking or falling out.
Continuous pulling can cause hair follicle damage. Permanent hair loss can result from hair follicle damage.
These hairstyles will pull your hair in a constant fashion:
- Tighten buns, ponytails and up-dos
- Weaving hair extensions
- Hair tightly braided
Hair loss can also be caused by wearing rollers to bed all the time. Dermatologists recommend that you only use this style on very special occasions.
Do not wear hairstyles that pull at your hair. Hair loss can start if you wear your hair tight, such as broken hairs or thinned hair.
Relax your hairstyle. If you have your hair pulled down, loosen your hairstyle, especially around the hairline. You can reduce the pulling by following these steps:
- Do loose braids around your hairline
- For no more than 2 to 3 months, wear a braided look
- Opt for thicker braids or dreadlocks
You can reduce the pulling by changing your hairstyles. You should give your hair time to heal after changing styles. You might want to try looser braids or natural hairstyles for a while after you have worn cornrows.
Cornrows can cause hair loss by pulling at your roots. Hair loss can be prevented by wearing looser braids or changing your hairstyle every 2 to 3 months.
These are the best ways to wear a weave. You can add length and volume to your hair with extensions and weaves. Dermatologists recommend the following:
- You should only wear them for a short time as pulling can increase your chances of developing traction alopecia.
- If they cause pain or irritation to your scalp, you should immediately get rid of them
- Sew-in weaves are better than those that use bonding glue.
- Let a professional do your hair. A trained hairdresser who is familiar with chemical relaxers will be able to recommend the right product for you, while also minimizing any damage to your hair.
Ask your stylist if they have this training. Ask your stylist what they will do to maintain your hair’s health.
Early signs of hair loss should be looked out for. Look out for signs of hair loss if you have hairstyles that pull tight.
- Broken hairs on your forehead
- Recession of hairline
- Hair loss in patches where hair is pulled tight
If any of these symptoms appear, you should stop pulling your hair. Your hair will grow back naturally.
Most people notice that their hair stops growing after a while. You’ll notice shiny, bald skin where you used to have hair. Your hair will stop growing back after traction alopecia reaches this stage.
If you notice the following signs, it is important to immediately change your hairstyle. These are indicators that your hairstyle and products may be causing hair loss.
- Hair tightly pulled can cause pain
- Stinging on your scalp
- Crumbs on your scalp
- Tenting: Sections of your scalp are pulled up in a tent-like fashion.
It’s never too late to consult a dermatologist if you are suffering from hair loss. Hair loss can happen for many reasons. Hairstyles could be the reason. Your hair may also be affected by stress or genetic hair loss. A dermatologist board-certified can find the root cause of your problem.
You will see results faster if you identify the cause of your hair loss early and take action to reverse it.