The three common habits ‘could be responsible for permanent hair loss’
Hair loss experts warn against overusing hot combs. They say overuse of beauty devices could be a cause of permanent hair loss.
Excessive use of hot combs in addition to straightening irons, hair dryers and curling irons have all been linked to a particular type of alopecia. Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) is a type of cicatricial alopecia that causes the hair follicles to scar so that hair cannot grow from the affected areas of the scalp.
Also known as follicular degeneration syndrome or “hot comb alopecia”, the Australasian College of Dermatologists states that CCCA most often begins in the center of the scalp and, without treatment, spreads over time, causing an area of baldness. It can progress over decades or just a few years, resulting in permanent bald patches.
Pulling — hair tied in tight braids/cornrows, weaves, tight ponytails or hair extensions that pull the hair — and use of chemical relaxers can also be attributed to the condition, according to the institution. . It can cause sensitivity, pain, stinging, burning, tingling or itching of the scalp.
Alopecia occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles and in most cases the resulting hair loss can be reversed with proper treatment. But not if the condition reaches the healing phase.
Rich Feel health platform explained to L’Express that the destruction of slow-cycling hair follicle stem cells is believed to be the main cause of cicatricial alopecia.
He said: “Stem cells are responsible for the regrowth of the lower hair follicle during the normal telogen-anagen cycle. Hair care habits that include excessive use of hot combs, relaxers, and excessive pulling can also be responsible for scarring alopecia, especially in women.
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