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Female Hair Loss After Wearing a Headband for a Long Time- Sunday, August 10, 2008

Question:

I have been wearing a headband for 3 years in a row. It started out because my ears are kind of pulled up front and I'd wear it so they would look normal. Then I stopped shampooing my hair for a long time and started wearing a bandana and hats regularly. My hair is very oily now and kind of disgusting and I'm experiencing hair loss mostly in my hairline, and a little on top of my head.

Answer:

Though hair loss can be caused by a number of things, in your case it's quite possible that wearing a tight headband for a long period of time may have caused pulling and tugging of the hair at the root that may have damaged them. This could be indicative of a condition known as traction alopecia, hair loss characterized by a loss of hair due to excessive hair pulling and/or styling.

In my opinion, start taking care of your hair. Shampoo and condition it, and stop pulling your hair back for awhile to see if you experience hair regrowth and if full health to your hair can be restored. You may also want to consult with a dermatologist who can evaluate your scalp for other possibilities of hair loss and also ensure there is no scarring on your scalp due to excessive pulling. In many cases, hair loss caused by traction alopecia will reverse itself once the pulling and tugging ceases. Scarring of the scalp in more extreme cases of traction alopecia may prevent hair regrowth.

I hope this helps.

Bill Seemiller - Managing Publisher of the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.

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