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Traction Alopecia
10 Things Naomi Campbell
Can Teach You About Traction Alopecia


Naomi Campbell's Traction Alopecia

Naomi Campbell is beautiful, fierce, talented, and was one of the first declared
"super models" in the world.  Contrary to tabloid rumors regarding her behavior...she is actively involved in our community as a humanitarian and works with various charities:
Cancer awareness Haitian Humanitarian Aide AIDS Relief This woman is amazing, not to mention she is dating a Russian B-I-L-L-I-O-N-A-I-R-E!!! As fabulous as Naomi Campbell is... she (like everyone on this earth) has her flaws.  I'm sure many of you have seen these series of photos taken of her in June 2010.

More Common Than You Think

While these photos shocked many people across the world (and many people mocked and/or made fun of her),  believe it or not, this condition is actually more common than a lot of people think.  I believe we should stop criticizing and begin to take a more positive approach.  Traction Alopecia treatment.

There are many men and women suffering from scalp and follicle related issues. 

As Franklin Roosevelt said:

 "Learn from the mistakes of others...... you can't live long enough to make them all yourself". 

This is also not a black only issue... so white, latino, asian gals.... listen up too!!
  If you've been asking yourself what happened to Miss Naomi Campbell's hair, it's a condition called traction alopecia.

Traction alopecia is a type of baldness. It's a gradual loss of hair primarily caused by a pulling force being applied to the hair for an extended period of time.

In even simpler terms---most of you have plucked or tweezed hairs on your body or face before. Why do we like to pluck rather than shave those areas? Because repeated stress at the root of the follicle leads to lighter & finer strands....which over time can lead to that follicle NEVER growing back.  This same concept applies to your scalp and traction alopecia.

In the case of women who wear extensions and weave (yes, women of all colors are doing it), the tightly braided tension of the actual hair underneath the extensions is the biggest contributing factor to traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is traumatic and emotionally draining to those suffering from it.

So what can Naomi Campbell teach you about hair care? Seeing her photos and learning from her mistakes (not making fun of them) will raise awareness to the damage you could be causing your hair, and in addition, how to prevent this from happening to you in the future.

So..... here we go!

Fact #1 - Common Areas

The most suspetable areas for traction alopecia are on the temples, hairline, and front regions (like showcased with Naomi Campbell above).

Fact #2 - You Can't Reverse Damage

There is NO medical treatment available to reverse the late stages of traction alopecia.  However, if you detect the warning signs and symptoms during the beginning stages, you may be able to reverse some of the damage, but it can still lead to permanent hair loss.

Fact #3 - Early Prevention is KEY

The key to stopping traction alopecia from happening to you is early detection and prevention. Make sure that if you are starting to see hair loss or excessive shedding underneath your extensions, that it is time for you to experiment with maybe partial extensions, half wigs, lace fronts, and/or a full lace wig. 


You may also want to start taking a supplement that provides nourishment for thinning hair and promoting existing hair growth.  The top rated, 100% natural and best selling vitamins on is Viviscal

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#Fact 4 - Early Warning Signs & Symptoms

Early warning signs and symptoms of traction alopecia would be any or a combination of the following:

On the Scalp and/or hairline:                       

  • Red bumps
  • Any scalp infections
  • Papules (aka pimples) Pustules (aka puss-filled blisters)
  • Additionally, if you notice your hair is thinning at the hairline or where ever the hair is need to start babying the hair and nursing it back to health. 

Fact #5 - Men Can Get it Too

Don't think that you are immune to traction alopecia as well.  Just think of styles popular among men today: dreadlocks, cornrows....and yes, some of you are now using extensions to cover up bald patches due to male pattern baldness.... so continue reading and take notes!!

Fact #6 - Give Your Follicles a Break

In order to prevent traction alopecia, remember to wear your hair loose as much as possible.  Let your hair and scalp breathe.  It is also important to give your scalp a hot oil treatment at least once a month.  Also, start using your finger tips to massage your scalp for 5 - 10 minutes a day to stimulate your scalp and follicles.

Fact#7 - Early Signs of Symtoms: Treatments Available

If you see any of the signs listed in #4 above (red bumps, scalp infections, excessive shedding, hair loss, papules, and/or pustules), it is time to do two things immediately:

Give your scalp a break immediately and wear it loose or in loose styles Schedule an appointment with a Dermatolgist If your dermatologist diagnoses you with traction alopecia, you will most likely be treated with antibiotics which will be applied topically or you may possibly take them through a pill orally.  He/she may also prescribe cortizone injections or creams (which will immediately help to reduce inflammation).

Fact#8 - It's happening with Young Girls too!

There seems to be a growing epidemic of women younger and younger in age that are suffering from traction alopecia. 


Extensions and weaves.. are now being administered to girls in middle school and sometimes elementary school.  Also, excessively tightly braided hairstyles with little girl's real hair (like photo to the left) is causing damage as well.

These girls are usually too young to really understand how to take care of their hair.  A new study shows that several Dermatology offices have reported an increase in treating young women with this condition.  The sad thing is that this condition is so easily preventable and avoidable with the proper education.

Fact#9 -  Surgery's an Option, but Expensive

If your scalp currently looks anything like Naomi Campbell's, you might feel hopeless.  While there is no medical treatment available to reverse the damage that has been done, you can opt for hair grafts or hair transplant surgery. 

Hair grafting or hair transplant surgery is a process where a surgeon will take another section of your scalp (that currently has healthy strands) and will transplant those "healthy follicles" into the spots where traction alopecia has occurred.

The downside to this approach is the cost of the surgery.  The current national average for this type of surgery is:  $12,336

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I hope the information was helpful.

Happy Hair Growing!!

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