Hair extensions, also known as weaves, are a popular way to instantly add length and fullness to the hair. Extensions can be attached in various ways. However, one of these methods, braiding the hair at a high level of tension, can put you at risk for traction alopecia hair loss.
Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss resulting from repeated pulling, twisting or rubbing of the hair. Though it can be temporary, balding from traction alopecia may become permanent if these traumatic forces are applied to the hair and scalp repeatedly and for prolonged periods, resulting in scarring.
The first step in treating this condition is removing the cause. This may mean adopting a new hairstyle that does not rely on braided extensions. In cases of severe traction alopecia where scarring has occurred, hair restoration surgery may be necessary to restore hair to the bald areas.
Here is an excellent example of hair transplant surgery performed by Coalition hair restoration surgeon Dr. Jean Devroye to correct traction alopecia caused by hair extensions in a 27 year old female.
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