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Stylish but it is risky

Hipster top-knots are making men BALD: ‘Man buns’ place extreme tension on hair roots, triggering permanent hair loss

  • Scraping hair into a top-knot can cause a condition called traction alopecia
  • Causes bald patches appear – usually around the forehead and temples
  • If the roots are pulled at over a long period of time, they become damaged
  • Hair will eventually cease to grow, leading to permanent baldness  

They are sported by celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto and Harry Styles.

But hipster ‘man buns’ can lead to permanent hair loss, experts have warned.

Scraping hair into a top-knot can cause a condition called traction alopecia, where bald patches appear – usually around the forehead and temples.

If the roots are pulled at over a long period of time, they become damaged – and hair will cease to grow.

This week, Mississippi dermatologist Sabra Sullivan spoke out about the increasing number of men she is seeing with the condition.

Men who tie their hair back into so-called man buns - such as actors Jared Leto - risk permanent hair loss, experts sayMan buns - sported by actors such as Game of Thrones' Paul Kaye, put pressure on the hair follicles

She told MIC: ‘Traction alopecia in men is becoming really, really common.

‘I see it probably once or twice a week. They’re putting traction on the hair follicles that the hair is not really meant to take.’

She added: ‘Unfortunately, once the hair follicle is damaged, it doesn’t grow back.’

Leading hair transplant surgeon Dr Bessam Farjo agreed that pulling hair into a tight bun can lead to bald patches.

He told MailOnline: ‘Traction alopecia is mechanical damage to the hair root. Over time, you lose hair along the hair line and down the sides of the face.

‘The problem is if hair is tightly scraped back, all the time, every day, it puts long-term stress on the hair.

The follicle is pulled – creating tension along it and down to the root, damaging the root and pulling it out.

‘It’s just like plucking an eyebrow hair – if you clasp it between the tweezers and pull hard enough, it comes out. And eventually, if you keep plucking it, it won’t grow back.

‘Sufferers are left with a hair-band type shape of alopecia around their face.’

TOWIE's Joey Essex has also sported the look

Dr Farjo, who runs the Farjo Hair Institute in London and Manchester, added: ‘Men who tightly tie their hair back for fashion reasons do risk getting the condition – as do women who have the tightly scraped back so-called “Croydon Facelift” style.

However those who suffer the most are Sikh men who tie their hair up tightly under their turban,’ he explained.

‘I have had clients in their 20s who no longer want to wear a turban but have suffered permanent hair loss. Years of tying hair back in a knot has pulled the roots along the hairline.

‘Another at-risk group is men who suffer baldness on the top of the head – so they pull the remainder back into a ponytail.’I do warn them they may cause even more hair loss by doing this

‘It’s also very common in black women who braid their hair – it’s the same principle.’

Therefore, the only way to prevent traction alopecia if you still want to have a bun hairstyle is to style the hair into a looser bun.

However, the good news is that traction alopecia is relatively rare, even for men who regularly sport man buns.

Dr Sullivan said: ‘There are lots of men who wear man buns and don’t get traction alopecia. The idea is not to pull so tight. You don’t want to have to go for hair transplants later.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3249155/Hipster-knots-making-men-BALD-Man-buns-place-extreme-tension-hair-roots-triggering-permanent-hair-loss.html#ixzz3moJMQFik
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