Traction alopecia is when tension or pressure is put on the hair shaft. Over time the follicle cannot maintain the quality of hair growth. The hair shaft becomes finer and shorter. Until eventually, the follicle ceases to regrow more hair.
Common causes of traction alopecia are hairstyles that keep the pressure on the exit point of the hair from the scalp. For example, a tight ponytail or braids. The most common areas to be affected by traction alopecia are around the hairline and sides. Occasionally the nape of the neck also.
Successful treatment of traction alopecia largely depends on how advanced the condition is. If too advanced and or too damaged success is less likely. Hair stimulant treatments such as minoxidil or PRP treatment can help improve healthier hair growth. But no specific result can be promised and every person will react differently.
If you do manage to achieve an improvement in your hair growth leave the areas alone. It is advised to not treat the hair. It is left to relax for a period of six months minimum before any braiding or similar styling is continued. Even then caution should be observed with how often the style is maintained.
A hair transplant can replace lost hair, genetically strong hair placed in the area of hair loss, but if the same practice of hair styling has continued this hair can still be lost. If there is still enough hair in the area then scalp micro pigmentation can be an option, as long as the individual maintains their existing hair.
It is important to have a thorough consultation and ensure if online you send clear images of the areas affected by traction hair loss to ensure a credible reply.