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You are concerned about losing your hair. It’s sometimes a taboo subject. However, it deserves to be approached seriously in order to understand its origin. Traction alopecia often explains this phenomenon for curly hair. But other factors may be involved: stresshormones, certain deficiencies, etc.

We present you the most common reasons and the corresponding treatments. Identify your method, take action and regain self-confidence!



Traction alopecia is hair loss related to Afro hairstyles. Braids, updos, braids, lace/ wigs poses are held responsible.

These protective hairstyles however preserve the lengths of the breakage. But sometimes they are too heavy or too tight. Gradually, they weaken the hair bulb.

The traction exerted then moves the hair fiber away from its root. The blood circulation is slowed down. Less well irrigated, the hair follicle hardly produces, if not at all, new regrowth.

The fall is localized at the temples and forehead. It is typical of this mechanical phenomenon. The layout thus moves back a few millimeters to several centimeters. The hair is, in fact, more fragile. The crown of the head (vertex) can also be impacted.

Sometimes inflammation of the scalp accompanies traction alopecia. It is characterized by pimples around the hair follicles.


Afro hair is by nature more vulnerable. Consequently, he must benefit from constant vigilance over the care to be provided. Certain styling habits weaken the hair fiber and the scalp. The heat of a blow dryer or straightening iron accentuates this sensitivity.female traction alopecia

Chemical straightening treatments can damage the lengths. Sometimes they make the fall worse. Repeated coloring has the same effect.

These frequent gestures, seemingly harmless, ultimately lead to hair breakage. The two problems are regularly confused. This is easily explained, because this rupture can occur flush with the scalp.


The lack of vitamin D particularly hangs over black and mixed skin. The stronger the pigmentation, the less the body produces this essential element. However, several studies demonstrate its decisive role in the growth and renewal of the hair.

B vitamins also have a major role. A diet devoid of these essential nutrients can therefore have negative consequences. Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B8, B12 help preserve and strengthen the health of your hair. Some regenerate the hair fiber, others boost the renewal of the hair follicle. Overall, these are the vitamins to favor for dream hair.

Iron deficiency can also explain this phenomenon. Screening is systematic in women on certain occasions (IUD placement, heavy periods, etc.). Of course, many diseases are also responsible of this lack. Without imagining the worst, it should not be taken lightly.

In all cases, only a blood test can highlight the deficiencies. Avoid self-medication. Ask your doctor for advice. A varied diet will be a first step to plan. Then, if that is not enough, supplementation with vitamins and trace elements may be considered.


Tiredness, stress, emotional disturbances can be the cause of this annoyance. Have there been any significant changes in your life lately? Moving, different climate, new lifestyle habits are helping to disrupt your body.

In addition, certain specific medical treatments sometimes have the same repercussions.

Hormonal changes sometimes cause alopecia. In the lives of women, the specific periods - childbirth, menopause - will be questioned. In men, aging also causes a remarkable drop in hormones. Alas, some activate hair growth.

Finally, the origins of alopecia are sometimes multiple. So consider several parallel hypotheses. If the problem is treated in time, the regrowth will be fine and fragile, but possible.



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For traction alopecia, stop braiding for a while. It can be really complicated to manage for some people on a daily basis. In this case, limit the damage. Wear the looser, less tight at the root.

Ideally, dare to wear your loose curly hair. More and more celebrities are advocating this return to nature, it's so inspiring. At INOYA too, we like to release our lengths on occasion!

Natural hairstyle has the real benefit of letting your hair breathe. Relieved of the weight, the regrowth process may be able to resume. Unfortunately in some cases, the fall is irreversible.

Patience and persistence will be required. Friction, handling will, by nature, be more frequent. It will therefore require a little more work on a daily basis for a while.

This treatment is natural against traction alopecia. Your hair can grow back. Reinforced by the treatments, you can then resume some alternating braiding. The ideal? Change your looks from one month to the next for example: wig in January, natural hair in February, then braids in March!


Prefer a gentle wash with an anti-hair loss shampoo. Leave on a mask or balm once a week. Massage your hair regularly. Thus, you will treat in depth the skin of the scalp and the hair fiber.

Choose moisturizing and nourishing products based on vegetable proteins and vitamins. Ideally, complete your treatment with olive oils, jojoba. Light, rich in essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6) they will maintain them in depth. Those of wheat germ or shea are also excellent. Castor oil is widely recommended for its fortifying properties.

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You can complete the treatment with a rubering gel. It will stimulate the scalp and nourish the hair bulb. This lotion also promotes the vigor of your hair.

Certain plants presented in capsules to be ingested are sometimes recommended. Watercress, nettle or blueberry stimulate the growth of new hair. These plants also strengthen the hair fiber. Their effectiveness will depend on each issue.


Is your poor hygiene in question? Sleep, relaxation, a varied diet can give you great results. In case of deficiencies, your doctor has probably advised you to change certain habits. To help you, he may have prescribed supplements. Do not increase the doses: the regrowth will not accelerate anyway!

Finally, you have surely heard of hair transplant. Some dermatologists specializing in afro hair alopecia suggest this operation. Before scheduling it, the professional must offer you a first appointment. Its purpose will be to define a diagnosis and possible solutions.

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