In recent years the top knot has been everywhere, from hip urban cafes to the red carpet at the Oscars. When worn by males, it’s become known in pop culture circles as the “man bun.” Check the entertainment headlines and you won’t have to look far to find at least one example of this hot new style.
Soon, however, some top knot devotees might have to rethink their style choices if they want to hang on to their hair. According to Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist in New York City, “that longstanding pull or traction on the hair can pull the hair out and ultimately lead to permanent scarring, which is something we call traction alopecia.”
In previous blog entries we’ve discussed androgenic alopecia, which is hair loss that happens as a result of genetic factors. Traction alopecia can have similar results, but this condition is caused by environmental rather than genetic factors.
Style experts have noted that you don’t necessarily have to ditch the top knot completely to protect your hair, but you should keep a few things in mind before you reach for the hair tie. Pulling hair back when it’s wet is more likely to contribute to traction alopecia, so it’s best to wait till your hair is dry to tie it back. It’s also a good idea to wear the knot on different spots on your head to minimize the stress on specific hair follicles.
Here at NM Hair Replacement Studio, we’ve been helping clients restore their hair for over two decades. Are you suffering from this, or any other form of alopecia? Give us a call today to schedule a consultation and learn how you can get your hair back with our non-invasive surgery-free procedure.