Traumatic alopecia is often a consequence of external factors, such as straightening curly hair, perming, colouring or dyeing hair or over tight braiding. When having a permanent wave done, the elastic band of the curler can be placed too close to the skin, leading to the hair being over-extended and possibly breaking (though it will grow again). This can happen especially with thin hair. If a hair treatment liquid is used improperly, damage may occur to the skin and / or hair. The improper use of such strong substances can cause hairs to break. Dryness, especially when thin hair is involved, can be a cause of hairs breaking off when dyeing or colouring. Hair tends to become increasingly sensitive the older you get. This means that greater account should be taken of a possible traumatic alopecia in later years when using hair care products. Hairs that have broken off can also fall out, meaning that proportionally more hairs are lost than grow again. This in turn causes hair to get thinner. Everyone has his own particular type of hair, sensitive to certain external factors. Traumatic alopecia is easily recognisable, as a large number of broken off hairs are always to be seen. The scalp looks normal, though there are differences in the number of hairs and the way these grow on the scalp. Generally speaking, there is no treatment available for traumatic alopecia. However, one can attempt to stabilise the situation by not tightly braiding hair or not subjecting one's hair to a permanent wave, dyeing or colouring.
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