This type of hair loss is usually characterized by patchy, shiny, bald spots on the scalp. The affected area becomes hardened and will not move when manipulated like a normal scalp. It can progress throughout the scalp at various rates and can cause total baldness or stop at some stage in between. The cause(s) of this type of alopecia is unknown.
This is the type I see most of in my hair extension salon. It is caused by “traction" i.e. excessive hair pulling; as in hair braiding techniques, especially for full sew-in weaves and various hair extension methods that cause undue stress to the hair. Then there are the tight braids and heavy “Dread locks” and ponytails in tight rubber bands…all of these can cause traction alopecia and may result in permanent hair loss if the follicle is terminally damaged. “Traction Alopecia is a phrase I coined over 35 years ago as a result of what I was seeing in association with full sew-in weaves in my hair extensions salon at that time."
Alopecia can also be caused by heredity. It affects both old and young, however, it usually show up later in life but can also happen at any age after adolescence.
Formerly referred to as “male pattern baldness,” this type of alopecia is now also recognized to be “female pattern hair loss”. It affects females in the same way it affects males. This type of hair loss is usually hereditary and permanent.
Treatment for Alopecia
At LA Hair we do not offer treatments for this condition, however, we do offer an affordable, easy to maintain, natural looking cosmetic fix. We offer a 100% human hair “Lace Closure” piece. There is no mono-filament (plastic) on your skin. It is made of cool, soft, breathable Swiss lace and 100% Human Hair to match your ethnicity and color. It is totally versatile for glamorous natural looking styling options and you never have to worry about it even in intimate situations because it is attached to your head. No clips, adhesives, tapes or glues of any kind.
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