Tension Traction Alopecia... Let's Talk About it!

hair extension academy hair extensions artist tips Apr 04, 2024
Tension Traction Alopecia

 Hey there, stylists! Let's chat about something super important in our field of work: tension traction alopecia. Yeah, I know, it sounds like a mouthful, but trust me, it's serious stuff, especially when it comes to taking care of those clients with especially fine and damaged hair. 

So, what exactly is tension traction alopecia? To dumb it down some, it's a type of hair loss that occurs when there's constant pulling on the roots of the hair. This can happen if extensions are installed incorrectly or if the wrong method is used for a particular hair type.

Think about it this way... Your client's hair is like a flower, and if you're not careful, you could accidentally pull it. When extensions are installed in a way that pulls the hair in different directions, it puts stress on the follicles, ultimately leading to hair loss.

But here's the other part... Even if the extensions are perfectly installed, tension traction alopecia can still happen if your clients aren't practicing proper at-home care. Things like sleeping with wet hair, brushing it when it's still damp, or constantly wearing it up can all contribute to the problem.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying your clients can never wear their hair up or back. I totally get that some jobs require it. But here's a tip: advise them to keep it low and loose to minimize pulling and weight on the hair, which can lead to breakage and loss.

Preventing tension traction alopecia is key! Make sure your clients are leaving with healthier hair then what they came to you with! And, remind them that taking care of their hair doesn't stop when they leave the salon. Those at-home care tips are just as crucial in keeping their natural hair AND hair extensions as healthy as possible!

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