This is a localised, non-scarring alopecia caused by constant traction on the hair. Unlike in Trichotillomania the hair loss in traction alopecia is unintentional (1).
The hair margins are particularly affected. Common causes include tight hair styles eg. pony tails, tight plaiting; hair setting equipment eg. rollers.
Hair loss depends on the hairstyle used but most commonly frontal and temporal areas are affected (1).
Last reviewed 01/2018