Traction Alopecia

Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is caused by the gradual loss of hair which is primarily the result of pulling by force.

Chronic pulling or traction can result in the recession of the hairline

This is mechanical in cause primarily due to wearing hair in very tight pony tails and braids. Hair extensions, braids or even sleeping in rollers can result in permanent loss in other areas.

It can take months and many years to become apparent that there is a problem.

This is irreversible.

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Alopecia Totalis and Universalis

Alopecia Totalis and Universalis

Alopecia totalis and universalis are both more extreme versions of areata.

Totalis is the total loss of hair on the head including the brows and eye lashes.

Universalis is the total loss of all hair throughout the whole body.

The nails are affected by both and become brittle and often distorted. Neither leave scarring and the follicles remain alive but empty in both conditions.

The follicles lie dormant and may regrow hair at any time or not at all.

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