With the overwhelming recent success of singer Ariana Grande’s new single, “Thank U, Next,” things couldn’t be going any better for the pop singer. One thing she may want to change though is her signature hairstyle, the high ponytail. The hairstyle she regularly wears can actually lead to a form of hair loss called traction alopecia.
Traction alopecia is a gradual form of hair loss that occurs when hair follicles in the scalp become irritated due to a continual pulling force. This causes loss of hair in patchy areas, usually residing in the front of the hairline and behind the ears. Hairstyles that place a constant strain on the scalp (such as braids, extensions, and ponytails) are generally responsible for it.
Like any type of hair loss, the effects of traction alopecia can not only be physical, but emotional too. Back in 2007, Britney Spears was believed to have been suffering from it (due to her reliance on extensions) and the resulting frustration is what was believed to cause her to shave her head.
Although traction alopecia is categorized as a temporary form of hair loss, it can be permanent, depending on the amount of damage done to the follicles. If that’s the case, the only option to address it may be a hair transplant procedure. If you believe you may be suffering from traction alopecia contact our office right away as early diagnosis is important.
NBA Superstar LeBron James has donned a headband throughout his entire career, but after ditching it in the second quarter of a March 7th game against the Phoenix Suns, the headband has remained noticeably absent. This has caused many to wonder why after so many years the four-time MVP decided to get rid of the accessory. Was it affecting his play? Was it uncomfortable? Or did he just want a different look? One theory out there is that he had a hair transplant last season and the hair has now grown in. He liked the results of the procedure so much that he wanted to show it off, thus getting rid of the headband.
For years, LeBron’s hairline, or lack thereof, has been regularly joked about and many believe that’s the reason he wore it in the first place. The headband was a way for him to cover up and camouflage his hair loss. In recent years, his hairline continued to recede considerably and something needed to be done about it. Either go the route of Michael Jordan and shave it off completely, or restore it permanently with a hair transplant.
Recent photos of the back of his head may further support the theory that he had a hair transplant. The back right side of his head clearly shows a linear scar, this is usually where the donor hair is taken from and is a telltale sign of a follicular unit transplant (although usually not as easily detectable). With the procedure being a gradual process it is also quite simple to hide that it was done (the full results may not be seen until about 8-12 months after).
Whatever you choose to believe, his team the Cleveland Cavaliers look prepared for a deep playoff run. So it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of the new headband-less James.