Traction-Alopecia “Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make ourselves its slave
said Napoleon Bonaparte, the 19th century French Emperor. This is equally valid even today, more than 200 years later. Traction Alopecia from tight hair styles is a case in point. Here is how you can prevent traction alopecia:

What is Traction Alopecia?

Traction Alopecia is a type of gradual hair loss that is caused by constant physical stress on your hair follicles. The tight pulling leads to repeated injury to your hair roots. This ultimately results in killing the hair roots and hence, permanent hair loss.

Who gets Traction Alopecia?

It is important to note that traction alopecia does not result from wearing a tight hair style or ponytail once in a while. This results when the stress has been constant over many months or years. This is more commonly seen affecting the frontal hairline over the temple region and occasionally the nape of your neck. Hair styles like tight braids or plaits, weaves, cornrows and hair accessories like tight hair bands and tight rubber bands are commonly responsible.

Why do I need to Know about Prevention of Traction Alopecia?

Slight scalp soreness, small bumps and hair breakage are the initial signs of traction alopecia. However, this may go on to thinning of actual hair fibres, scarring and even total hair loss in that region. Once this stage is reached, neither the hair roots nor the hair will ever come back in that area!

How to Prevent Traction Alopecia?

In the earlier stages, hair loss from traction alopecia can be reversed by changing the stressful hairstyle. In this condition, prevention is the only real cure. Here are few tips on how to prevent traction alopecia:

  • Prefer loose free flowing hairstyles over tight pony tails and plaits.
  • Vary your hairstyle regularly to change the direction of strain on your hair roots.
  • If your profession requires you to have your hair tied back out of your eyes likes athletes, air hostesses or dancers, consider having a hairstyles which allows for some free flowing hair to remain near your temple region.
  • Avoid wearing tight hats in a way that puts stress on your hairline.
  • If you use hair sprays or gels, avoid brushing or combing your hair to remove the dried gel.
  • Avoid sleeping with your hair in roller sets or curlers or tight braids.

If you have been noticing hair loss or hair thinning due to tight pony tails, it may not be too late yet to prevent traction alopecia. Homoeopathic treatment for hair loss provides good results in the early stages of traction alopecia provided that the hair follicles have not been scarred and the stress on your hair has been stopped. To know if homoeopathic treatment for traction alopecia can help you, leave us your contact details below. Alternately you could read more about homoeopathy treatment for hair fall or give us a call on +91-22-66888888 or drop us an email at


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