I am a 20 year old African canadian male. I have been growing my hair for 2 years. I have a very thick afro and have braided it occasionally and twisted it maybe 5 times over the course of 2 years. I believe I have traction alopecia but I have caught it early since the patch is only about the size of 3 finger tips. How realistic is it that my hair will grow back fully in that patch?
I take a multi vitamin daily, I exercise daily; both cardio vascular and weight training, I eat healthily as perscirbed by the Canada food guide, I have a blood pressure of 120/80, and I don't use any harsh chemicals on my skin.
I wash my hair with a 1 mol/L concentration of Apple cider vinegar solution once per week; because ACV stimulate's circulation of blood in the small capillaries, and I condition my hair with a thumb sized amount of 100% pure West African Shea butter.
How are you? The key to stopping traction alopecia is detecting it early. Hair styles that put unnecessary strain on the hair root must be changed. Try have a looser, more gentle hair style.
I would recommend that you have this evaluated by a dermatologist. If it is in its early stage, it may still be reversible. However, for late-stage traction alopecia, there is no medical treatment and it may lead to permanent hair loss. Hair grafts have been identified as the only practical solution.
Take care and regards.
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