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I’ve lost count of the number of hours I’ve spent attempting updos, and now it looks like it all could’ve been in vain.
While it may have looked good, experts are warning that doing your hair up too tightly, too often, can actually cause significant hair loss.
Known as “traction alopecia”, it’s a very gradual process that is caused by tension on the hair for extended periods of time, which causes the hair shaft to be eventually extracted from the follicle.
And it’s bad news for bun lovers, male or female.
“When hair is pulled back in a tight ponytail, braid or bun the hairs at the hairline or parting tend to receive the greatest tensile force and hair loss becomes most noticeable on the scalp margins and the outermost hairs of the braid,” says Andrew Wilson, hair expert and Director of Transitions Hair.
It’s these hairs that are lost first, resulting in a receding hairline or widening of the part. And twisting your hair into a bun on top of your head is no better – this can actually cause horsehoe alopecia in the centre of the scalp.