The answer is Yes they can. Putting too much pressure on the follicles over and over again can end in hair loss and hair thinning. In order for locs to remain intact, twisting the root is the key with that said statistically men tend to deal with dreadlock thinning and balding due to extreme twisting on the roots of their locs more often than women.
What to do if my dreads are thinning?
Your best bet is to cut them off as the problem will mostly likely get worse the more you get your dreads retwisted. The constant manipulation will just cause more damage. Once you stop re twisting, your hair will then start to grow again.
We know how difficult it can be for men and women who have very long dreads to make the decision to just cut the hair however long term traction alopecia is even worse.
What if my hair doesn’t grow back?
Your best be is to see a specialist that deals with hair thinning and hair loss. They may provide you with a treatment that stimulates hair growth and advise you on the best course of action for your unique situation.
How can I avoid my dreads from thinning?
The easy answer is just don’t retwist your hair too tightly. You should also trim your locks with an angled cut to keep them very healthy. Additionally when styling your locs, choose loose styles that do not pull tightly on your edges or crown causing excessive breakage and tension.
We also advise that if your locs are thinning you should avoid chemical treatments like color that tend to thin hair strands. Other additional lifestyle changes include changing your styles to rotate the pressure of your dreads, eat healthy, massage your scalp and pay attention to the size of your locs to avoid excessive weight.
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