Traction Alopecia n.
Traction alopecia is hair loss that occurs as a result of continuous pulling of the hair. Pulling may occur from hairstyles such as tight cornrows or braids, weaves, ponytails or even hair rollers or curlers. -Brownskin.net
This picture of Naomi Campbell has been floating around the internet for a week or so now and each time I look at it I cringe. And as I looked at it again, I realized that there is an important lesson we all can learn from this picture, DO NOT PUT TOO MUCH STRESS ON THE HAIRLINE.
The hairline is perhaps the most sensitive point of the scalp and wearing tight weaves, ponytails, glue, gels, etc. can all cause you to loose hair from the follicle. If prolonged for a period of time, the follicle will become destroyed and result in permanent hair loss.
So the next time you pull your hair back, if you feel tightness around your temples or your eyes pulled in a slanted angle-your hair is too tight. And for parents, avoid placing tight ponytails in your daughter's hair. A good way to tell if your child's ponytails are too tight is to look at the scalp, if you see little fine bumps around the scalp, then the hair is pulled too tightly.
So ladies, there is no excuse for this. Those tight ponytails, micro braids, and weaves may look pretty but they are damaging your scalp with end results that look like this...so not worth it.