10 Tips to Save Your Hairline

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This article is by Mumbi Dunjwa at Naturaz.com.

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Many of the hair loss challenges that women with curly or coily hair face can be attributed to two conditions namely: traction alopecia and chemically induced alopecia. I’ll address traction alopecia in this piece.

Traction alopecia is caused by the constant tugging and pulling of hair caused by very tight: Braids/extensions, cornrows, twists, weaves, pulled back styles, pony tails etc. Although these hairstyles can be low maintenance, the frequency with which they are done and the degrees of tightness applied to the hair will determine what extent of hair loss will be experienced over time.

Try this analogy: most of us women tweeze our eyebrows right? If we tweeze them enough times, the areas from which we continuously pull out hair stop growing hair. This same response will be experienced if your hair strands are held too tight repeatedly such that they get plucked out. This type of hair loss is mainly experienced around the temples or more generally around the hairline. Over time, growth of hair in these areas can be slowed down. In serious cases, the hair roots are permanently damaged and the hair stops growing altogether.

The good news is that you can prevent traction induced alopecia by changing your hair care practices. Below are ten ways to prevent hair breakage and/or permanent hair loss from constant pulling and tugging of hair:

  1. Avoid tight and/or heavy braids, cornrows with or without extensions, weaves or other similar hairstyles.
  2. Go to a stylist who understands the impact of tight braids on hair and will spare your entire hair line and scalp when styling your hair.
  3. Reduce the number of times that you get your hair braided by using products, tools and techniques that can simplify the daily management of your hair.  The Naturaz Rehydrating Mist & Detangler will deeply moisturize and soften your hair so that it is easier to detangle and comb your hair.  
  4. If your hair is braided too tight or you notice your braids lifting with strands of your hair, do not take a pain killer to manage the discomfort. Take the braids out, moisturize your hair and scalp very well and seek a new stylist who will take better care of your hair.
  5. Do not wear your braids, twists, cornrows, weaves and other similar hairstyles for too long. This can cause serious hair breakage.
  6. Constantly and intensely moisturize your braids, cornrows, twists, weaves and other similar hairstyles to ensure minimal breakage when combing out.
  7. Avoid wearing tight pulled back styles or wearing your hair pulled back too often. If you do, over time you will notice thinning around your hairline.
  8. Weaves are a great way to drastically change up your style. Avoid tight weaves and also avoid using weaves to cover up hair loss. You will notice additional thinning in areas that are being pulled and tugged and especially in the areas with hair loss.  
  9. If you notice thinning as a result of weaves, give your hair a break and if you can’t step out with your God-given tresses, throw on a stylish wig on top of well moisturized hair.
  10. Using an nourishing moisturizer like the Naturaz Styling Moisturizer, gently massage areas with thinning hair to increase circulation and help moisture and key essential oils to nourish your hair.

If you find that your hair is not growing regardless of what lifestyle changes you make or products you try, you may already have permanent damage to your hair roots and you may need a hair transplant. Consult with your dermatologist for further assistance if you find yourself in this situation.


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8 thoughts on “10 Tips to Save Your Hairline

  1. How about solution to chemical induced alopecia. I didnt see any information provided in the reading for that.

  2. I have found that taking vitamins for hair helps.

  3. This article is perfect. If you have serious hair loss, you need to see a dermatologist ASAP. Most people online are not doctors so they cannot give you a check up. I always get worried when I see people ignore damage or switch their styles up so much that I know what will eventually happen. Then these stylists…smh. Most don’t seem to care how they put the braids/cornrows in. The only advice I’ve heard that truly helps stimulate growth is frequent scalp massages using peppermint or castor oil, gentle protective styles/no heat/no extra weight i.e. no extra hair or wigs that rub your scalp…aka leave your hair alone, and a healthy diet with a daily multi vitamin/plenty of water. When I first went natural, I wore wigs, but then realized that they rubbed my hair in one spot so I stopped wearing them. I just started wearing my one inch two strand twists and twist outs and over time it grew to past shoulder length. Just be as gentle as possible with your hair and see a dermo if necessary.

    1. I agree with the comments above re alopecia (chemical or traction). Chemically induced alopecia can be especially troubling because the highly alkaline chemicals used to straighten hair are very corrosive. Both to the hair and the scalp. The reason the stylists wear gloves or treat the scalp with vaseline, is to avoid burns to their skin and minimize damage to the scalp respectively. The chemicals can not only eat away flesh if improperly handled, but in the process they can destroy your hair follicles. Seeing a dermatologist will confirm whether your follicles are still alive and active which implies that with some TLC, nourishing products, vitamins and massage, your hair may make a slow return – depending on the extent of the damage. The quality might be different though and it may not thrive as much. If the follicles have been damaged, it may be impossible to grow hair in the affected areas. All in all, get a consultation from a medical expert and subsequently eat healthy, take your vitamins, drink water, exercise, gently massage the area as highlighted above with nourishing oils, give yourself really positive affirmations and be VERY patient because it will take time to turn things around.

  4. We want solutions not prevention. I currently have traction induced alopecia and I have no idea how to get my hair back. Also, I am transitioning as well.

    1. It depends on the extent of your damage. Also a lot of the steps mentioned here is still good advice if you are seeking to grow your hair back. You really have to make an effort to keep the manipulation of your hair low and nourish it with quality products.

    2. Prevention is the solution

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