Why I stare at hair!
In the last two weeks, I have seen the problem shown in these photos three times on different girls – all young ones at that – and it’s called TRACTION ALOPECIA.
It means that the hair has been pulled back so tightly for years that it literally gets ripped from its root and never returns.
On this Island, I see so many women withTenerifeponytails. They are my pet hate, and you know they are!
So here’s why: if you can’t be bothered doing your hair, then try fixing it up in a different way from that scraped-back, wet-through look.
Dragging on your wet hair and securing it in an elastic band (you know, the ones that are tied together by a metal strip, which rips out a few hair every time you use them) will, in the end, make you resemble the girls pictured.
Wet hair is so fragile and should never be secured back so tightly that it doesn’t get its strength until totally dry. So pulling on it will cause breakage and hair loss.
There is no known cure for this except hair grafts, which are now becoming used more widely on women.
That’s because replacing the lost hair involves surgically removing some from a donor site, normally your neck, and implanting it around the frontal area, where the hair has been lost. It’s very expensive and extremely painful.
Stars such as Naomi Campbell and even Britney have been seen trying to hide their thinning and bald hair because of the tension caused by too many extensions or hair weaves.
These also cause this form of alopecia because they, too, pull on the hair, dragging it out by the roots.
You may not think it’s happening to you, but check out an old photo of yourself to see if your hairline is receding through too many years of ponytails.
If you need to tie your hair up, then use a gentler method, such as a scrunchy or a hair band – even clamps are softer on your hair than bands.
Yes, I know I go on, but it’s your hair I’m thinking of, and once it has gone, there’s no getting it back.
You may think that it’s okay to drag young girls’ hair back, but this the age where it all begins – pulling on the hair because, little by little, the hairline disappears.
If you are going to wash and tie your hair back, then please let it dry a little first. Take it away from your face softly, and there is no need to pull.
Should you need any more proof, just look at the photos again. This isn’t going to be put right with a good cut or a hair treatment.
Stop it now, before it’s too late!
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