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Protecting Your Edges from Damage: Preventing Traction Alopecia

Ok ladies, it’s time to talk about the some of the not so glamorous repercussions that can occur from wearing extensions, wigs, braids and pulled back hairstyles. I’m talking about hair loss caused by Traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is the gradual loss of hair caused by tension from consistent pulling. This condition has wreaked havoc on the hairlines of stars like Naomi Campbell, Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian to name a few. Here are 4 steps that you can take to protect your edges from damage caused by Traction alopecia.

naomi campbell kim kardashian Preventing Traction Alopecia Varying stages of Traction alopecia on stars like Kim Kardashian and Naomi Campbell

Use less tension:  Sporting too tight braids, ponytails and other pulled back styles for extended periods causes undue stress on the hairline.  Instead of braiding and tying hair back within an inch of its life, ease up on the tension to give your edges a break.

A bohemian inspired braid leading to a bun puts less stress on the hairline

Consider alternate hairstyles: If you’re wearing hairline stressing styles on a daily basis it’s time to consider styling alternatives. This may involve flipping your style completely or at the very least experimenting with different application methods. Let your hair down, get a manageable haircut or retire the braided sew in weaves for a while. Not ready to give up your favorite bun? Go for a loose bohemian inspired braid leading to a bun or ponytail to put less stress on the hairline.

vanessa hudgens Preventing Traction Alopecia Vanessa Hudgens sporting perfectly untamed hair

Your edges don't always have to be perfect: The perfectly sleek edge is the holy grail of good grooming for many women. To achieve that finished look ladies are over styling and over processing their hair to reign in “unruly” strands.  Well, edges don’t always have to be perfect - slightly unkempt is the new normal! For occasions where you still want that sleek look apply a shaping wax or edge tamer then tie down the hair's perimeter with a scarf to set.

Handle edges with care to prevent traction alopecia

Handle with care: The damage from Traction alopecia can be mitigated if preventative steps are used early.  If you’re noticing loss of hair or damage around the perimeter start handling the area with care immediately. Treat your edges with as much care as you would use for the entire length of your hair. Above all, remember that no hair style is worth permanent hair loss.

For the love of healthy hair,

Nikki

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