Treatments for Traction Alopecia regrowth
Once you have been diagnosed with traction alopecia, prompt action is necessary to prevent any hair loss becoming permanent.
And that’s the key to preventing traction alopecia from becoming a more serious condition – by detecting it early and accepting that your lifestyle is about to change.
If the sufferer has a hairstyle that is putting unnecessary strain on the hair root then it will have to be changed for something looser which needs a gentle styling.
It would help if hair dressers warned clients about the potential hazards of having braids, cornrows, weaves and even chemical processing for getting traction alopecia.
If the sufferer doesn’t take action early enough then they face an unfortunate dilemma since there is no medical treatment to reverse late-stage traction alopecia. A trichologist may recommend hair grafts as the only practical solution for this situation.
As well as changing the hairstyle you will need to change your diet too – or at least adapt it to take in sufficient levels of iron and protein which may help promote normal hair growth. Diet and vitamin supplements maybe the easiest way to do this.
Sufferers may find that hair growth resumes as spontaneously as it ceased and, in some cases, without the need for any specialist treatment.
When hairshafts resume growth, they're likely to be fine vellus hair which will not have any pigmentation or white terminal hair.
This vellus hair is often barely noticeable at first and grows only a few millimetres and it may slowly become terminal hair growth or it may fall out again. White hair growth may remain white or gradually become pigmented. A mixture of white and pigmented hair may also grow simultaneously.
You may find that the new growth is a darker shade and possibly even curly.
If the sufferer’s hair is not growing back naturally, then topical (ie for the head) hair stimulants will have to be considered.
There are pharmaceutical and natural hair stimulants available and both have their own merits.
Pharmaceutical stimulants, such as the Minoxidil-based Rogain/Regaine may be more effective in treating widespread or longstanding hair loss problems but many people prefer to use natural stimulants, especially if they have sensitive scalps or where hair growth is present but which looks fine.
In some cases, sufferers may decide to use electrotherapy which uses blasts of UVA every 2-4 weeks.
Other treatments include strengthening shampoos and conditioners, herbal oils and scalp massage which may help regrow the sufferer’s hair.
Dr. Diane M. Hoss, MD discusses Traction Alopecia Hair Loss Treatment
For more information on Traction Alopecia
- What is Traction Alopecia?
Traction Alopecia is caused because the hair follicles have been pulled tightly from things like braids, corn rows and even pony tails being too tight. It's this tension which damages the hair follicles. Hair can be regrown but requires prompt action
- Effective natural ways for hair regrowth
Regrowing hair that has fallen out due to traction alopecia can be a difficult task. But if you've acted in time, hair regrowth is possible.
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