The hair on the two sides of my head has stopped growing. The area is very scanty (Photo)

Hair loss .. maybe traction alopecia

Doctor Answers 7

Traction alopecia

Yes, it does appear that your hair loss is from traction. Be sure to see a dermatologist or hair medicine specialist to confirm and discuss trratment. Improvement may or may not be possible. I like to treat early traction fairly aggressively with minoxidil, steroid injections and topical steroids (particularly fluocinolone).

Blood tests are essential so dont leave without a requisiton for:  CBC, TSH, ferritin, ANA, zinc, vitamin D.

The hair on the two sides of my head has stopped growing.

Thank you for your question.

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Bulent Cihantimur, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
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Sides of head hair loss

You have a typical presentation for traction alopecia - which is hair loss caused by prolonged tension on the hair shaft.  Braids like you show in your photo are the classic case for this, and very common in the African American community.  Check out a trusted hair doctor in your area for a definitive diagnosis (i.e. to rule out anything else that might be going on) and then try minoxidil or hair transplant.  

And definitely explore different hairstyle options! Good luck.

Sara Wasserbauer, MD
Walnut Creek Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair loss

you may have traction alopecia or there may be other underlying causes. You should have a consultation with a hair restoration surgeon who can evaluate your scalp as well as discuss your nonsurgical and surgical options. 

Rae Lynne Kinler, MD
Chicago Physician

Hair loss in female

You may have the damage from traction alopecia. Female hair loss is a difficult diagnosis and you need to see a doctor to find out what is going on

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Getting Hair to Regrow--Prp and progesterone for hair loss treatment

It might be traction alopecia.  I recommend a consultation with a hair loss expert to go over your condition and options. PRP and progesterone injections are good options and/or hair transplantation. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hair loss

Thank you for your question. It's difficult to evaluate your scalp and hair loss through photos, but from what I can see, it looks like you are thinning in the frontal hairline. Could it be traction alopecia? Possibly. However, there are many other diseases that cause alopecia and some conditions may lead to permanent hair loss. In the meantime, I would avoid pulling hair back into tight braids to prevent further tension and stress on the hair follicles. I highly recommend you consult with a board certified dermatologist to have your hair and scalp evaluated and to determine the cause. Take care and good luck. 

Reuel Aspacio, MD, FAAD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
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