Embracing change can help prevent hair loss due to tight hairstyles. Studies have shown that tightly pulled hairstyles can lead to hair loss. The four hairstyles in particular that are known to cause damage are tight ponytails, cornrows, extensions or buns. Which contributes to traction alopecia, this type of hair loss occurs when  hair loss is caused by trauma to the hair follicles due to the constant hair pulling. 

Sleek ponytail, cornrows, and elegant updo’s are great hairstyles, but when worn tightly and frequently they may eventually lead to hair loss. By making a few changes, you can preserve your hairline and keep your sense of style. Anyone can be affected by common hairstyles that lead to hair loss.The hair loss that results from these types of hair styling is called traction alopecia.

Hairstyles That Pull and Lead To Hair Loss

  • Buns, ponytails, and up-dos that are tightly pulled
  • Cornrows
  • Dreadlocks
  • Hair extensions or weaves
  • Tightly braided hair

If you are currently wearing hairstyles that can potentially lead to traction alopecia, here are a few tips to help reduce the constant pulling of the hair.

  • Wear looser braids or cornrows and change hairstyle after 2 to 3 months to prevent hair loss
  • Opt for thicker braids or dreadlocks
  • Avoid frequently wearing hairstyles that pull on the hair every day.

Avoiding Hair Loss When Wearing Weave
and Hair Extensions

To prevent your weave or extension from causing hair loss, dermatolgist recommend that you do the following:

  • Wear your weave or extensions for short periods of time, mainly because the pulling increases your risks for developing traction alopecia.
  • Remove them immediately, if they cause pain or irritate your scalp
  • Opt for sewn-in weaves versus the bonding glue method

Look For Early signs of Hair Loss and Warning Signs

Whether or not you prefer to wear your hair in tight styles, weaves or extensions, the health of your hair comes first. Take time to  look for early signs of hair loss and practice healthy hair care habits to avoid hair loss. If you see any of the below, it’s time to evaluate your hairstyling regime. 

  • Broken hairs around your forehead
  • A receding hairline
  • Patches of hair loss where your hair is pulled tightly
  • Pain from tightly pulled hair
  • Stinging on your scalp
  • Crusts on your scalp

Nevertheless, if you are experiencing hair loss or thinning hair, you should see a board-certified dermatologist to determine the exact cause of your hair loss. There are many factors that contribute to hair loss.The sooner you find out what’s causing your hair loss, the sooner you can take the next steps.

For informational purposes only. The information presented herein is general in nature and is not intended to substitute the advice of a physician or other health care professional. The exact cause of hair loss can only be determined by a medical professional.