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How Hair Ties Can Lead to Hair Loss

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Hair loss is biggest problem of nowadays. It is affecting both men and women. There are too many reasons for hair losing pollution, Genetics, age and others. This problem is quite common in girls and because tying hair can for long time makes hair root weak. You have seen many treatments for halting hair loss but surely, you have heard prevention is better than cure. So, we will discuss today how ties hair can lead to hair loss and how can you prevent this problem.

Hair ties damages hair

If the material you are using to tie is unkind to hair then you may come to face problem like hair loss. Some kind of hair bands are hard to stretch and when you tie hair with them the hair feels tightly stretched and sometimes start head ache.

When any band worn frequently and tied tightly, it can snap strands of hair causing which is called hair breakage. However, this is not hair loss condition because it does not affect that much follicles of hair but it can lead you look of hair thin and frizzy as well. The biggest problem it lead to is split ends.

How many times did you noticed hair on your hair band whenever you un-tie your hair, so many times right? We girls mostly prefer to ponytails, buns or bunches rather than plaits because they are not only easy to make but also fashionable. Whenever, we tie or make tight ponytails, buns or bunches, our follicles get pulled very hard.

Traction Alopecia

These things lead to a condition called Traction Alopecia. It is very common among people who tend to tie ponytails very often because it happens by repeatedly pulling on your hair and especially if you use chemicals or heat on your hair.

Do you know, the condition because of traction alopecia can be permanent if you don’t stop pulling your hair back.  According to one research, women who wore tight ponytails had lost hair along their hairline.


If we come to major cause then tied your hair too tight can develop traction alopecia, as mentioned above. Pulling your hair in any way like tight ponytail, wearing tight braids, cornrows or dreadlocks, putting your hair up in rollers overnight etc. This can also happen to men in their beards and even in hairs too if they use to have long hairs. This problem is common with long hairs. African and American women used to tie plaits but by pulling their hair so hard. If you use to tie bun for all of the day or for most of the time then please halt tied of your hair for long time otherwise if you don’t have traction alopecia you will have it.

Although, the problem is quite common among old people too because as getting old the hair follicles becomes week and your hair start breaking by a little stretching.


On early stages of traction alopecia, you may find small kind of bumps on your scalp which simple looks like a pimple. As time will pass, you may not able to find these bumps but your hair will be start breaking. Which part get affected mostly times because of this, so the hair along the front and sides of your scalp are most often affected. But you will also find hair loss on other areas of your scalp, it may depends on which hair style you prefer often. There are some major symptoms with the help which you can easily identify Traction Alopecia.

  • Redness of the scalp
  • Bumps
  • Soreness / Stinging of your scalp
  • Itching
  • Scaling
  • Inflammation of the hair follicles( also known as Folliculitis)
  • Pus-filled blisters on the scalp

Because of the problem, the hair follicles become damaged and not able to produce new hair.

Prevention for Traction Alopecia

As we always say, prevention is better than cure, today we will also suggest you the same. The main prevention for traction alopecia is to tie your hair down and less tight or lose. This will not lead your hair follicles to be pulled and will not weaken your hair. So, what can you do to prevent this condition:

  • Don’t continue a single hairstyle for long time. Change your hair style in small gap of time, may be within every couple of weeks.
  • Wear comfortable hairstyle, sometimes we continue with any hairstyle in order to look more attractive but we suggest you, if you are not comfortable, feeling like itching and stretching in scalp then you should change your hairstyle.
  • Avoid using heat equipment for very often. No doubt these equipments are not good for hair. They also lead too many problems for hair like slip ends, dry hair, hair fall and others. Because heat equipment absorbs the moisture of the scalp and make it dry which weaken hair follicles. Whenever, use any heat equipment keep it’s heat setting low so that it can’t dry your hair too soon.
  • If you use weaves or braid then avoid chemically processing your hair. These chemicals can damage your hair and making it more likely to break.
  • Avoid wearing wig if you have enough hair. If you wear a wig, choose one with a satin wig cap. It won’t pull hard on the scalp.
  • Use to wear weaves or extensions for short period of time and don’t forget to maintain a break between each use of them.


We have suggested some preventions, use to follow them so that you don’t need to go for treatment. If you are facing traction alopecia visit a dermatologist. There are some major treatments for this problem:-

  • Antibiotics to prevent infection in any open sores
  • Antifungal shampoo
  • Topical steroids to bring down swelling on your scalp
  • Biotin supplements to strengthen your hair
  • Minoxidii ( Rogaine) to re-grow hair

If you have very long then avoid wearing your hair in tight style. You can even cut down your hairs. Minimize the use of chemicals and heat equipment. Hopefully, this information related to hair loss due to hair tie will be helpful.

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