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Your Man Bun Could Be Causing Hair Loss

Man buns might make you eternally cool, but are they making you bald?
traction alopecia Love 'em or loathe 'em, the man bun has become a bit of an American staple.  Guys everywhere are undoing all that metrosexual maintenance that was so popular ten years ago and going for the beards...and yes, man buns.  We are now a year into the COVID pandemic and it's still not super easy to get a haircut, so lots of men are opting to just go for the natural look. Did you know this trendy hairstyle could actually cause hair loss?

Alopecia is often described as a naturally occurring phenomenon based on biological or genetic factors. Unlike other forms of alopecia (such as alopecia areata), traction alopecia is a form of balding that occurs as a result of hair maintenance and styling. There is good news and bad news concerning traction alopecia. The good news is that it is a preventable and treatable condition. There is hair loss help available! Modifying the ways in which you style your hair or your child’s is one of several solutions to the problem. The bad news about traction alopecia, though, is that hair thinning and balding may have already occurred. In that case, some preventative steps are in order to ensure that no more damage is done.

Who has Traction Alopecia?

While it's more common among women, anyone can develop traction alopecia. The condition is caused by tightly pulling hair into a ponytail or braids on a consistent basis. Brushing your hair while it is wet and unconditioned can damage your hair, causing traction alopecia. Pulling the hair damages the hair follicle. The hair will re-grow. However, if you continue to damage the follicle over long periods of time, the hair may not re-grow. A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reports that 17% of African girls and almost 32% of African women develop Traction Alopecia.

How can I prevent Traction Alopecia?

Knowing you need to prevent something is the first step to making a change. The repercussions of styling your hair in particular ways are not frequently discussed. However, there are some hairstyles that are harmful to the integrity of your hair. Many people style their hair in tight ponytails or braids to ensure that they stay in place throughout the day and night. Rather than pulling your hair into the same tight styles everyday, consider varying the way that you wear your hair. Stop braiding your hair daily and wearing tight ponytails! At least a few times per week wear your hair down.

How can I treat Traction Alopecia?

For most women, traction alopecia occurs in the temporal region of the hair. This is often where the hair is pulled tightest, causing damage to the follicles. There are several treatment options that are available for traction alopecia. You can use creams and ointments to soothe affected parts of the scalp and facilitate hair growth. Although creams may be helpful in the short-term, the most important change you can make is how you’re caring for your hair and styling it. Changing your styling routine is the way to make long-lasting change.

Stopping traction alopecia before it begins is crucial. If thinning or baldness has already begun, consider purchasing a wig. A hair system is a great way to have a thick, full head of hair while your natural hair is growing in. Purchasing a hair system is a decision that requires planning and consideration. Traction alopecia may be occurring because of your preference for a particular hairstyle that causes unnecessary tension on your hair and a system can give you the look you want without sacrificing the health of your hair. Contact the experts at National Hair Centers for more information about hair systems, we are happy to help!