There were a bunch of crazy facts and information about traction alopecia but the most startling one was that it was very common for Black women because of how we style our hair.
Traction alopecia is preventable and can be reversed as long as you are patient and dedicated to taking care of your hair. If you currently are dealing with traction alopecia or would like to prevent it from happening, below are a few tips to help you out!
Listen To Your Hair
When your hair is being harshly pulled and yanked, it will respond with itching, burning, pain, or breakage. If you notice any of these things, that is your cue to loosen your hairstyle. If you are unsure of how to adjust your style so that it will no longer pull on your hair, look into low manipulation protective styles.
If you’re already dealing with traction alopecia, stop all habits that caused the problem and wear a style that doesn’t bother the affected area like a wash-and-go or loose twists.
Have A Stimulating and Strengthening Hair Regimen
Massaging your scalp with oils*, using protein treatments and hair masks, etc. on top of your normal regimen will help your hair grow in healthy and strong. It’s also a great way to protect the rest of your hair from damage.
No, there is no quick fix product or routine for traction alopecia but the right hair regimen is absolutely beneficial to consistent growth of healthy hair.
Know Your Hair’s Limitations
Even though I went through traction alopecia years ago, my hair is still too fragile for box braids and will probably always be–so I stay away from heavy styles and let my hair flourish in weaves* and natural afros most of the time.
Knowing what you can and can’t do will save you a world of trouble when it comes to your hair. If you like a hairstyle but can’t wear it because it’s too hard on your hair, then don’t wear it! Don’t sacrifice the health and vitality of your hair for a temporary style.