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Hairstyles for Hair Loss & Traction Alopecia

June 14th, 2019 | 6 min. read

Hairstyles for Hair Loss & Traction Alopecia

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"Hairstyles for Hair Loss & Traction Alopecia"

If you recently found out you are showing signs of traction alopecia, it can be a very stressful and upsetting time. You may feel overwhelmed with how to style your hair. The good news? There are many tips and tricks for hairstyles to cover traction alopecia so you can feel stylish and confident. Remember, you are not alone and many women experience traction hair loss but have discovered hairstyles to hide traction alopecia while protecting their thinning hair.



First and foremost, it is best to give your hair and scalp a break from tension and pulling as this is what causes damage to the hair follicle. Opting for protective hairstyles for traction alopecia can help. This means choosing styles that allow hair to be natural and loose and foregoing tight ponytails, buns, braids or hair extensions. Following are some hairstyles and practices that can help hide traction alopecia and minimize repeat insult to the hair follicles.

Following are some hairstyles and practices that can help hide traction alopecia and minimize repeat insult to the hair follicles.

Layered Bob

Wearing hair loose and natural in a layered bob gives freedom of movement and avoids tension and pulling. When hair is cut shorter, it can also help give the appearance of more volume as the hair is not weighed down so much. In addition, a bob can help minimize the feeling of wanting to pull your hair up high, tight and away from the face.

Loose Braid

If you opt to keep your hair medium to long in length, a low and loose braid is the perfect way to keep hair pulled back without excessive tension. Allowing some pieces to fall loose and frame the face is a good way to cover up thinning spots along the hairline. Start the braid low without using a hair tie at the nape of the neck and use the long handle of rat tail comb to help loosen hair on the head, keeping it from being pulled too tight. The key is to avoid any pulling and tension.


Bangs can be fun, playful and stylish - plus they offer the perfect solution to hiding a receding hairline or covering up thinning around the forehead. Bangs will also help protect any new growth along the hairline as the follicles begin to recover.

Change Up Your Parts

Simply moving your hair part can help hide traction alopecia and give hair a break. If you wear your hair parted on the left, then switch your part to the right or opt for a middle part. If you prefer to keep your hair parted on the same side, try moving it left or right just a half inch to ease up on tension and pulling.

Scarves & Hats

Accessorizing with scarves and hats can help cover up traction alopecia thinning and exposed scalp areas while giving hair follicles a much needed break from pulling and tension. Hats can provide a quick, stylish fix when you are stepping out of the house. Remember to wear scarves loose as you don't want to create friction at the hairline.

Hair Fibers & Powders

If you have areas where you see a lot of exposed scalp and/or tiny broken hairs, you can use hair fibers or apply hair powders to create the appearance of more density. Theses temporary cosmetic fixes work well at the temples and along the hairline, and can also help make a wider part appear more narrow and less noticeable.




So long as you catch traction alopecia early, before permanent damage is done to the hair follicles, you absolutely can reverse traction alopecia. The key is to immediately stop repeatedly wearing hair pulled back and tight. Wearing hair natural and loose will give the compromised hair follicles a break from tension and allow the natural growth cycle to resume and new growth to come in. Be patience and select hairstyles to hide alopecia. It can take several months for your scalp and hair to recover. Incorporating tips and tricks, or changing your hairstyle can help bridge the time.



Your hair and scalp will remain vulnerable as you recover from traction alopecia. It's important to take care of your hair and yourself by using gentle hair care methods, eating healthy and managing stress. Using INTACT - Anti Hair Shedding Treatment  can help protect the hair and resist pulling and tension during routine washing, brushing and styling.




Let INTACT be your first line of defense when reversing traction alopecia. INTACT helps minimize hair loss from pulling and tension on the hair follicles. INTACT activates in 30 minutes and lasts for hours to help protect your hair when it's most vulnerable.