Ponytail Hair Loss
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Hairstyles that cause stress to the scalp such as ponytails and braids can result in baldness by the constant pulling and tugging of your hair follicles!
What Is Ponytail Hair Loss?
Also known as traction alopecia, the term “ponytail hair loss” refers to hair loss that happens in men and women who tie their hair backwards in a tight bunch. Prolonged traction force exerts damaging stress to the hair follicles, usually the frontal and temporal scalp. Over time, these follicles are injured to the point where they are unable to produce strands of hair.
Do I Have Ponytail Hair Loss?
Ponytail hair loss is gradual and progressive. There is slow recession of the frontal and temporal hairline. In traction alopecia, mechanical force is the cause. However, this condition can at times be confused with other medical conditions that cause hair loss such as frontal fibrosing alopecia (a form of scarring hair loss) or androgenetic alopecia (pattern hair loss). Prudent examination by a qualified medical professional should be done to rule out the other causes.
Can We Stop Ponytail Hair Loss?
Although the damaged follicles are unlikely to recover spontaneously, the first step in treating ponytail hair loss is to stop tying your hair in a tight ponytail or bunch, i.e. to stop the mechanical trauma.
What If My Ponytail Hair Loss Becomes Permanent?
You will then probably need correction of the receded hairline which will involve hairline reconstruction with a surgical hair transplantation which is the most natural looking technique of restoration.
Alternative methods that have been used to improve the cosmetic damage caused by traction alopecia include hairline embroidery, using hair pieces or changing one’s hairstyle to include a fringe.