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Traction Alopecia is hair loss as a result of constant pulling and force applied to the hair follicle. Wearing pony tails, braids and pigtails, and even hair extensions are common causes for this form of hair loss. While hair extensions were designed to add length and fullness to hair, many have realized the potential for them to cause permanent hair loss.
There have been cases recorded of patients that had hair extensions for 6 months to a year which resulted in bald spots. When someone is exposed to constant tugging and pulling of the hair by weight form cosmetic enhancements, temporary traction alopecia may occur. In some case hair might grow back, however in most cases where permanent hair loss has occurred female follicular hair transplant may be the answer.
It is important to access the risks associated with hair loss due to cosmetic enhancements such as hair extensions before permanent damage is done to the hair follicle. Having them for a few hours and taking them out is the best way to avoid permanent hair loss.