Additionally harsh chemicals for straightening and styling and thermal styling tools can cause significant damage to hair follicles or completely destroy the root at the subcutaneous layer at which point hair may never grow back.Traction Alopecia occurs when too much pressure or tension is placed on the roots of hair. Over time, hairstyles such as tight braids, weaves and extensions will cause noticeable thinning along the periphery of the scalp. This includes the anterior and posterior hairlines, as well as behind the ears. Those who suffer from trichotillomania (hair-pulling disease) may also suffer from this type of hair loss.
In cases of temporary hair loss, patients may not see hair growth for nine to twelve months. Thus it is emphasized that traction alopecia can and should be prevented by completely halting the use of hot styling tools, harsh chemicals, and hair styles that pull the hair tight for long periods of time.
If hair has not grown back within a year, the only definitive cure is hair transplantation which permanently places hair follicles back into the subcutaneous layer.
Two popular methods for transplant exist; Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Folicular Unit Extraction (FUE) / NeoGraft. To find out more about these procedures click here.
Although hair transplant surgery can give traction alopecia patients their hair back, they cannot go back to the hair styles and treatments which caused the hair loss in the first place. Transplanted hair is just as vulnerable to the damage caused by certain hair styles, harsh chemicals and hot styling tools as one's natural hair.