I know most of us have seen the horribly pics of Naomi Campbell’s crying edges. They are nearly non-existing, looking like someone actually ripped them off her scalp.
She is suffering from a common form of alopecia or hair loss called traction alopecia.
Traction hair loss occurs not by genetics or bad diet but by simply pulling and yanking on your hair too much. This is very common for naturals who wear protective styles and tight up-dos too much and for too long. Putting tight brets-decorations, bows, pins and other designs in their hair too harshly too often will cause this type of hair loss.
Naomi Campbell does not live next door to me so I cannot ask her about her hair loss, but I will assume the many stylists, chemicals and other things that get done to her hair on a daily basis contributed to her deceased edges.
Unsurprisingly, it is most common amongst African American women. We love our tight braids and hair styles. It is sometimes the only way to make sure our hair stays neat.
The best way to avoid it is to simply not do it. Do not wear tight ponytails, sew-ins, wigs, braids or anything else tight. Even combing too aggressive too often could cause traction hair loss.
Follow these tips to avoid traction hair loss: