Extremely advanced cases of traction alopecia may require a hair transplant. However, this site is dedicated to avoiding hair transplants if at all possible. Besides, they would not have much of a chance of taking root. Consider: Your scalp is stressed and your hair follicles damaged. That makes your scalp poor soil for growing hair. So, keep reading about all the ways you can be healing your scalp and hair follicles. Also note that we have a brand-new e-book available about the 10-Step Prescription for Re-Growing Healthy Hair. See sidebar for getting it absolutely free of charge. Rest assured that your information will not be shared with anyone.
To begin with, you need to stop whatever it is that’s pulling on your hair. Change your hairstyle to something loose and not too long to give your damaged hair follicles a chance to relax. Find another way to secure the turban or whatever else you are wearing and reduce the time you are wearing it as much as possible. Even if you are not willing to change your hairstyle, you could still benefit from the recommendations on this website. It will just take longer to see any results.
Should you discover red patches on your scalp, you need to see your doctor for treatment. Those patches are due to scalp irritation and inflammation, and they need to be cleared up before beginning with our program of traction alopecia treatments. Keep in mind that it took time for your traction alopecia to develop; it will take time and a commitment from you to reverse it and start growing healthy hair.
Our toolkit includes topical treatments, supplements and scalp circulation boosting techniques like massage. Incorporating hair loss shampoos and tonics into your hair care regimen during and after treatment will help increase circulation and strengthen your newly grown hair. The hair loss treatments listed below have shown positive results in the treatment of traction alopecia
External Treatments for Traction Alopecia
External treatments for hair loss at the source are available in topical form and are generally considered to yield the most immediate and noticeable effects.
Minoxidil — Marketed widely under the Rogaine (Regaine in the UK) brands, Minoxidil is also available in equally effective generic brands (such as Kirkland). It is a topical treatment that grows hair only at the site of application. A 5% concentration, applied twice a day to the target area, is recommended. For those with particularly sensitive scalps, a new foam-based version of Regaine is reported by users to be less irritating. Results should be seen within three months, though users are cautioned to continue to use a healthy hair regimen and avoid overly stressing or pulling the hair.
Always wash hands before and after applying Minoxidil. If you are a woman, you may experience facial peach fuzz while treating with Minoxidil. This is a temporary side effect that will disappear when treatment is stopped.
Tricomin — can halt or reverse the process of hair loss. This is a natural product based on copper peptides, a vital micro nutrient essential to growing healthy hair (and copper peptides are very good for skin, too). FDA trials have shown Tricomin to be effective in improving the synthesis of collagen and mending damaged hair and skin.
Tricomin is available in a variety of forms, including follicle spray, shampoo and conditioner, and recommended use depends on the type of application. Tricomin can be used in conjunction with Rogaine or as a more natural alternative to minoxidil-based products. Both products work to stimulate new hair growth, but their methodologies differ, making them complementary treatments.
Nizoral shampoo — Uses the patented active ingredient ketoconazole. This topical anti-dandruff shampoo addresses the symptoms of an irritated scalp. While at first blush it seems unrelated to the treatment of traction alopecia, Nizoral shampoo has actually been reported to slow down the effects of hair loss by inhibiting the binding of DHT to the hair follicles.
Apply this treatment directly to the affected area and wait 3–5 minutes before rinsing it off completely. Recommended strength is 2%, used twice weekly for the first 2–4 weeks of treatment, and every 1–2 weeks after wards as a preventative measure.
Alpecin — brand shampoos — Alpecin has a shampoo containing caffeine which is great for increasing circulation to the scalp. These shampoos contain sodium laurel sulfate and should be applied to the scalp only. Leave it on for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly before washing the rest of your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo.
Internal Treatments for Traction Alopecia
Biotin, zinc, Vitamin C, MSM, saw palmetto and green tea are the most essential nutrients for healing scalp and growing healthy hair.
MSM — The most important benefit of MSM is its ability to aid the production of healthy cells. This helps heal the scalp and damaged hair follicles so that stronger, healthier hair can be grown. MSM also makes for more beautiful skin and nails.
MSM is best taken in pow¬der form at the dosage is 4 g per day. Although MSM is no more toxic than water, it is recommended to build up to 4 g slowly, starting with 1000 mg per day. Make sure to drink plenty of water (at least 2 liters by day) while treating with MSM. This supplement can have a bitter taste and should be dissolved with a little warm water and mixed with a sweeter drink (like juice) to mask the taste. Otherwise tablets are also available. MSM should not be taken after 6 PM as it tends to have an energizing effect which can affect sleep. MSM should be taken for at least 6 months for optimal results.
Vitamin C —Vitamin C boosts the immune system and aids MSM in expelling toxins and regenerating new cells. Take 1000 mg of Vitamin C along with your dose of MSM.
Biotin — Biotin aids cell regeneration by keeping hair in its growth state for longer periods of time.
Saw Palmetto — A natural anti-androgen, saw palmetto assists in inhibiting DHT production. It is a popular treatment option due to its economical cost and lack of side effects. Best results from saw palmetto can be expected when taken in higher doses (180 mg-3 g daily).
Green Tea — Contains high levels of antioxidants, and is an excellent supplemental treatment for hair loss because of its anti-androgen and DHT-inhibiting properties. Green tea is an excellent source of zinc, and can also be taken in capsule form. Green tea capsules are recommended so that an effective dose can be achieved for combating hair loss.
Zinc – When used in combination with Vitamin B6, zinc can reduce DHT levels and inhibit the production of sebum. While zinc can be taken orally, it also can be applied directly to the affected area in the form of a topical cream.
All of these key ingredients can be found in the right combination in products recommended for hair, skin and nails. We recommend taking a hair growth supplement to ensure you’re receiving the right amounts of vitamins and minerals required for healthy hair growth. Buying quality supplements from trusted sources will get you the desired results and save you money in the long run. Hair Formula 37 and Viviscal Extra Strength Supplements are good examples of hair growth supplements.
At the beginning of this page we mentioned other circulation-boosting scalp treatments, like massage. To find scalp massage techniques described in detail, we invite you to request our FREE E-book – see sidebar.