Traction alopecia is most commonly seen in the frontal hair line, temples and sides of the hair line but can also occur behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. It can be devastating for individuals, with constant efforts to hide or conceal the areas of hair loss caused by tractions alopecia.
Tightly braiding hair is common in women of African or African American descent and is very attractive in appearance. Tightly braiding hair is also becoming more popular among women and girls of Caucasian descent as well. Understanding that hair follicles are sensitive and prone to damage by exerting tension on the hair roots when hair is tightly braided is very important. Most women would never tightly braid their hair if they knew that the hair would be damaged. Therefore, its best to avoid the damage by choosing a different hair style that does not damage the hair.