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.
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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.
- 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?