Traction alopecia unlike other forms of hair loss is caused by mechanical damage with is self inflicted. People who suffer from hormonal forms of hair loss such as Androgenic Alopecia have no control over the hormonal imbalances that cause their forms of hair loss. Traction Alopecia sufferers cannot make the same claim. In the case of traction alopecia, the hair follicle which sits inside the scalp is traumatised from all the excessive pulling or force that is being applied to the hair strand that grows out of it.
Because the human body is such an amazing machine it keeps healing itself (that is the follicle keeps regenerating) and producing new hair until the same thing happens again. We apply too much pressure on the hair and more or less rip it out of the follicle. When this cycle is repeated over a number of years, the hair follicle starts to gather scar tissue until eventually it is unable to regrow new hairs due to all the scar tissue that has amassed in the follicle. It is at this point that the only solution to regrowing hair is having a hair transplant.
If you have been suffering from Traction Alopecia for a number of years you can still try regrowing the lost hair. You’ll never know if it is too late for your damaged hair follicles until you’ve made a concerted effort to coax your damaged hair follicles into producing new hairs. Trichologist advise using hair stimulants like minoxidil. Minoxidil is really a mild stimulant that takes up to three or four months before you can even begin to see results. It is advised that users sparingly apply drops of minoxidil to their scalps twice a day. As soon as the drop is applied, it should be patted into the scalp very gently using a finger to increase coverage across the scalp. Minoxidil works by stimulating the hair follicle for two hours at a time, so using the drops twice a day stimulates the follicle for four hours everyday provided you use it twice a day and religiously as your trichologist recommends.
What other options are there to stimulate your hair follicles so that if they can produce new hairs in areas you’ve more or less ripped your own hair out? There are quite a few stimulating treatments that are excellent for increasing scalp circulation and stimulating hair follicles.
Here’s a list of our favourite products
This is part of the Crece Pelo (which literally translated to grow hair) range of products which uses extracts from 15 plants to promote hair growth. It is described by the manufacturers as a phytotherapeutic treatment, which means uses the power of plants to produce the desired results. This product is very effective and is very popular in the Caribbean and Latin American Community. At a price of $13 it is definitely worth trying. It may be best to use it along side other hair products in the range, although it is not a must. Crece Pelo in the UK is distributed by Dominicanhaircare.co.uk.
Alter Ego is an Italian brand and this Energizing Treatment lotion uses horseradish and hydrolised soy proteins to increase circulation in the scalp. Horseradish like cayenne pepper and chilli are vasodilators and carry the amynopeptidic complex system from the hydrolized soy protein to their intended destination, your hair follicles.
Rene Furterer RF 80 Strengthening Formula 12 piece is another plant based product that we absolutely love. It works by nourishing the hair follicle with a combination of vitamins and plant peptides to give it all the nourishment required to produce healthy hair. A thorough review of Rene Furterer RF 80 can be found here.
Whichever option you decide to use, always remember that your hair follicle has to be repaired before it can even begin to produce new hairs. Be patient and give the treatment time to work, there is no such thing as an overnight miracle cure when it comes to treating traction alopecia.