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All hairstyles are not created equal – risk of traction alopecia

In a review of 19 studies, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they can confirm a “strong association” between certain scalp-pulling hairstyles — many common among African-Americans — and the development of traction alopecia, gradual hair loss caused by damage to the hair follicle from prolonged or repeated tension on the hair root. An estimated one-third of African-American women suffer from traction alopecia, making it the most common form of hair loss among that group.

Traction Alopecia
The contributing factors of traction alopecia are shown.
Credit: Johns Hopkins Medicine