Traction Alopecia or Traction Hair Loss
Traction Alopecia, is a hair loss condition caused by damage to the dermal papilla and hair follicle from constant pulling or tension over a long period. It often occurs in persons who wear hair weaves or tight braids, especially “cornrows” that lead to high tension, pulling and breakage of hair.
This condition is most common in African-American women and men who braid their hair too tightly. It is also common in Sikh men of India and Japanese women whose traditional hair styles also pull and damage hair. Traction alopecia occurs more frequently in children, teenagers and young adults then it does in older women and men.