Traction Alopecia and Hair Toppers | Avoiding Hair Loss with Proper Sizing and Application

Traction Alopecia and Hair Toppers | Avoiding Hair Loss with Proper Sizing and Application


Traction Alopecia is a specific type of hair loss that occurs due to repetitive pulling and tension on the hair. Commonly caused by wearing very tight ponytails or braids frequently and usually begins in areas with the more fragile hair like in the temples and hairline perimeter. When it comes to using hair toppers, two major mistakes can lead to this condition: improper sizing and incorrect application/removal. Let's explore these factors and learn how to avoid Traction Alopecia when using hair toppers.


Improper Sizing:

Using a hair topper that is too small for your area of coverage needed can accelerate your hair loss. Most hair toppers are applied with pressure-sensitive clips. The tension and strain from an ill-fitted topper can cause breakage of the fine fragile hair and discomfort, leading to further hair thinning.


To avoid this, it's crucial to measure your area of hair loss every time before purchasing a hair topper.

Step 1. Measure the width and length of the area of hair loss you want to get coverage for.

  • Side-to-Side for width
  • Front-to-Back for length

Step 2. Add 1” to your overall measurements so that you are selecting a hair topper slightly bigger than what you need. Having a topper, a little bigger than what you need will ensure that the clips on the topper are attached to a sufficient amount of hair.

Depending on what your size is, will determine if you should be looking in the beginning stage of hair loss category, mid-progressive, or advanced stage of toppers which will have large base sizes.


Incorrect Application and Removal:

Applying and removing your hair topper properly is crucial to prevent Traction Alopecia. The key is to minimize tension and pulling on your natural hair during the process. If you do not hold the topper down and in place while you are attaching all the clips to your hair; you will begin pulling on the hair the clips are attached to which can cause breakage. 


To avoid this, attach the pressure-sensitive clips to your hair, starting from the front and working your way to the back. Hold the topper in place with one hand while securing all the clips with the other. This prevents pulling on your natural hair during the attachment process.

To remove the topper, unclip all the pressure-sensitive clips carefully, gently remove the hair from the clips, and then slowly lift the hair topper off of your head ensuring that you release any tension on your natural hair.


Tip: Move Clips Around Occasionally:

To further minimize the risk of Traction Alopecia, consider periodically moving the positions of the pressure-sensitive clips on your hair. This helps to distribute the tension more evenly and prevents strain on specific areas of your scalp.

  • For individuals with fine hair, opt for smaller clips to reduce pressure, while those with thicker hair can use bigger clips for a secure hold without excessive tension.

By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the benefits of hair toppers while safeguarding the health of your natural hair. 

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