Prevent Hair Loss from Weaves and Braids!
Beauty hurts, but sometimes it goes beyond "normal" pain. Hair loss is not by any means normal, and it is definitely a sign that something has gone wrong. There are millions of people that wear weaves, braids and hair pieces on a daily basis without incident, so it does not mean that weaves are bad in and of themselves.
Some women experience hair loss due to weaves because they have been improperly installed or they wear them too often. The result of such condition called traction alopecia.
Scalp Condition Causing the Problem
Traction alopecia is a scalp condition that can cause hair loss, pain and soreness around the forehead, and even bumps and flakiness in the scalp. This particular type of alopecia usually causes temporary hair loss due the hair style and the hair will likely grow back as long as it is corrected in time. Traction alopecia can be caused by weaves, braids (micro braids close to scalp), or extensions that have been installed too tightly or left in for too long.
There are many ways to detect traction alopecia prior to hair loss. The main sign is pain, or stress along the hair line during or after the installation of the weave, braids, or hair extensions. It is vital that the client makes sure that the beautician is aware that the style is too tight and uncomfortable while they are doing it because that will prevent problems later on. If the client realizes that the style is painful later, then they should have it removed because it will do more damage the longer it is putting tension on the hair. Some other signs of traction alopecia can include painful red bumps, pus, or flaking in or along the scalp.
Weaves, braids, and extensions are safe to wear, but even under the best conditions they are only to be left in for a couple of weeks at the maximum and then the scalp should be left alone for a couple of weeks after that to recover. The reason why a lot of women have traction alopecia is because they will try to wear these types of hairstyles too often without giving their hair a break. Ideally, the hair should be able to rest in a natural state for a couple of weeks after getting a weave or a similar hair style. If there are any signs of tension, pain, or stress along the hair line, then the weave should be adjusted or removed altogether.
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The only way to treat the traction alopecia is to immediately remove the braids, weaves, or extensions and to stop wearing them altogether. If there is a lot of pus or flaking in the scalp, then it may be necessary to see a dermatologist to get a prescription for a topical steroid cream to treat an infected or inflamed area of the scalp. If not prevented early certain conditions could lead to permanent hair loss known as CCCA (central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia).Ref:(www.nahrs.org)
Traction alopecia is preventable as long as weaves, braids, or extensions are installed properly by weave/extension specialist and they are worn for a limited time. Beauty salon clients should always have a full consultation with chosen stylist in order to discuss the suitability of style and length and be vocal about how they feel as their hair is being styled because the styling process is not supposed to be painful in anyway. If there are more serious problems in the scalp area, then it is recommended that they visit a licensed dermatologist to express their concerns.