So my secret is now out: I have Traction Alopecia.
This is a topic that I am VERY uncomfortable in discussing within the realm of social media, but I feel this will accomplish two very important things.
For one, it will allow me to be more vulnerable and transparent with my viewers; it will show them that I am human, I am not perfect and I make mistakes.
Secondly, my story may be able to provide a bit of hope to someone who is also suffering from Traction Alopecia. But before we get into the nitty gritty of my issue, let’s break down Traction Alopecia into its parts.
Traction Alopecia, according to Wikipedia is, "A form of alopecia, or gradual hair loss, caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair.” This condition is caused by constant and consistent force whether it be wearing your hair in tight pony tails, having braids that are too tight, or even in my case, the habitual re-twisting of your hair. If not treated in time, your hair follicles will die and will not grow back. This was what happened to me; I waited far too long to seek help and by the time I did it was too late. Let’s start my story from the very beginning.
I don’t want to ramble on this blog post rather show you the progression (or rather, digression) of my hairline over the course of my loc journey.
Also, for those of you who are unaware, I will be going in for a hair restoration procedure this week.
If you have any questions about my traction alopecia or my Hair Restoration procedure, leave them in the comment section and I will answer them in my 1 month update video in March. (Only positivity allowed)