I have a bald spot in the middle of my head and the temple from pulling my hair tightly in a pony tail and pig tails for several years. I’m extremely concerned and I’m embarrassed by how it looks. I want to know if there’s anything that can be done to stimulate growth and reverse my hair loss in that area. Ive already cut my hair and don’t put my hair up anymore and I see some sign of growth in the temple areas but its taking so long. The bald area in the middle of my head which ive had before the bald areas in my temple hasn’t grown. Is there a possibility of any hair restoration? Please help.
Hair loss caused by pulling or tension is termed “traction alopecia”. Women in particular experience this due to styling their hair in braid, ponytails or other styles that put tension on the hair. In time this constant tension and pressure on the follicles can cause baldness.
Some times a person’s hair will resume growing after several months once the tension or traction is discontinued. However, if after a year the hair does not regrow a hair transplant may be the only hair loss treatment that will restore this lost hair. Many women who have lost their hair due to traction alopecia have successfully restored it using hair transplantation.
To see photos of successful surgical hair restoration visit the hair transplant photo gallery at the Hair Transplant Network.
Best wishes for successful hair restoration,
Pat, Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog. To share ideas with other hair loss sufferers visit our Hair Restoration Discussion Forum.