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Female Hairline Hair Loss due to Tightly Styled Hair - Traction Alopecia? Is it Permanent?

Question:

I have been experiencing hair loss around both sides of my hairline since age 11. I am now 22, I need to know if it could be permanently damaged or if there is a treatment I may be able to undergo to regrow hair there. The only explanation I have for the hair not growing is the fact that my mother would style my hair extremely tight when I was at a young age.

Answer:

Tightly pulled hair can cause a non-genetic type of hair loss known as traction alopecia. This hair loss condition is often temporary as long as the pulling behavior ceases before any scarring occurs and the follicles underneath the scalp aren’t damaged. On the other hand, if the pulling activity has stopped and you're still losing hair, you may be experiencing androgenetic alopecia (genetic female hair loss).

Assuming the former is true, given the length of time that has passed without hair regrowth, the damage may be permanent. However, you may want to consult a dermatologist for an in-person evaluation of your hair and scalp. He/she may give you a better idea as to the cause and whether or not hair regrowth in these areas are possible.

In the event your hair loss is permanent but not progressing, you may consider surgical hair restoration with a qualified physician to replace the lost hair. If you are considering this procedure, it’s vital that you research how hair surgery works and learn how to select among the best and most ethical physicians performing it. For a free virtual consultation with one of our prescreened doctors, click here. To see what protocol we use to recommend hair loss physicians in our community, click here.

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