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Traction Alopecia Treatments
Traction alopecia: generally will improve by changing hair care habits (no tight braids, plaits, buns or ponytails). In otherwise healthy people, normal hair growth will resume on its own. ...Read more
I'm 20. I had long hair at a very young age. I cut them short a couple years ago. I seem to have traction alopecia now. What are the best treatments?
Rogaine (minoxidil): Traction alopecia usually occurs from braiding hair too tightly at the root. If your hair is not braided, it is more likely that you have androgenetic alopecia. If this is the case, topical treatment with rogaine (minoxidil) or oral treatment with Propecia may be helpful. Consult a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Usually No: Once the cause of the traction alopecia is removed the hair will usually grow back as long as it has not been going on for too long. Unfortunately, chronic traction alopecia can result in permanent hairloss in the area. Traction alopecia is not one of the conditions of hairloss that spreads unless the source of traction is spreading to other areas of the scalp. ...Read more
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