Saturday, 27 September 2014

Traction Alopecia in Children's Hair

By DiscoveringNatural

Traction Alopecia is a hair condition that can be avoided in children, if caught early. What is Traction Alopecia? According to Wikipedia, "Traction alopecia is a form of alopecia, or gradual hair loss, caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair. This commonly results from the sufferer frequently wearing their hair in a particularly tight ponytail, pigtails, or braids."

This condition is more common in children that wear tight braids and ponytails. A lot of parents love that sleeked look when creating buns and ponytails, and I am not exempt from this. However, I had to be careful with my girls' edges because genetically, we all have weak edges.

Lil Sis 2013

What I am doing to avoid this condition in my girls, is to make sure that when I braid their hair and I see any little bumps, I loosen my hold. Yes, the style might be a bit loose and not super smooth, but I would rather my girls have edges than no edges at all. I don't believe that one has to "catch" every tiny bit of hair to make a style look beautiful. You can use non-alcohol gels or even shea butter to sleek down those baby hairs.


Overtime, we have been able to grow our edges out, gradually. Here are some things I did:
- Not pull on the edges
- Keep edges moisturized
- Use products like castor oil to enhance growth in those area.

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So, next time you do your child's hair, take care not to stress out those edges.

What other tips can you give someone whose child is suffering from Traction Alopecia?

12 comments :

  1. If only mother's would stop doing so much damage to their children's hair, in the name of beauty. Many Nigerian kids suffer from this.

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    1. It is an avoidable behavior. Hopefully this post will help a lot of parents avoid this damage.

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  2. Yes. It's very common. I had to stop the lady that used to do my daughter's hair from coming just because of this. I now do it myself and her edges are growing out thankfully.

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  3. I think the main curpit is tight hairstyles, not moisture. Many hair braiders don't know how to braid loose. It's a requirement for them to braid so tight that you can't move your head in the first few days. Unfortunately, kids are being told it's normal. I cringe each time I see preschoolers with traction alopecia. Their hair is already doomed from such a young age!
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    1. Thanks so much for commenting. Tight styles are the number 1 culprit and also extensions/attachments that put a lot of stress on young children's hair.

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  4. My daughter had this when she was much younger but we have managed to grow out her edges now

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    1. Thank you so much for taking good care of your daughter's hair.

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  5. Another culprit is the weight of accessories on the children's hair. Some mothers can be really heavy handed with beads and bobbles. A cute piece of accessory like a nice bow is enough IMO.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that tip. I agree with you!!

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