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The Hair Growth Doc

Lyric Elise is a Speaker/Author/Certified Master Life Coach/Master Hairstylist/Entrepreneur/Entertainer and Entertainer. She is the CEO of 100 Grand Hair Collection, and Elite Beauty Master Salon. 

Mrs. Lyric has over 10 years’ experience as a Master Cosmetologist and Hair Growth Specialist. Early in her career, Lyric studied Trichology because of the struggles women had in her family with hair loss. She wanted to learn all she could about causes, prevention and treatment to help everyone around her who suffered in silence. This journey led Lyric to becoming the educational director for a hair growth company and traveling the US to teach other stylists about the tricks of the trade in extension techniques and hair loss.

As a stylist, Lyric began to understand that women suffering from hair loss needed additional support in overcoming their lack of self-worth and self-esteem. Mrs. Lyric’s passion for inspiring and motivating women and men through beauty she decided to become a licensed Life and Confidence Coach.

Specializing in hair growth with a bachelor’s degree in Business. Mrs. Lyric combines her gifts and talents, practical work experience, and spiritual gift of teaching to encourage others to Live -Out -Loud With Confidence and Purpose! A purposeful combination of coaching services, hair vendor, and a successful salon, Lyric earned her place as a Master Licensed Cosmetologist and carved her illuminating journey through the beauty industry.
One of her most memorable projects was when she was hired as a lead Hair Stylist for Iyania “Fix My Life” with the Pace Sisters in 2013. Her insight about the tools and tricks of the hair loss and hair growth platform led her to another achievement in this plateau by getting featured on Fox 5 News as “The Hair Detective” through helping her customers with hair loss and focusing on the solutions.

Today Lyric is a successful author of “More Than Hair Deep.” She educates her readers about the causes, solutions, tips and tricks on hair loss and provides a deep knowledgeable insight to ease her customer’s struggles.

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Traction Alopecia

Traction Alopecia diagnosis was first described in 1907 in Greenland by patients who had developed hair
loss along the hairline from wearing tight ponytails. It is a form of acquired hair loss resulting from
prolonged or repetitive tension on the scalp. You can develop this condition if you wear your hair in a
tight ponytail, bun, or braids, mainly if you use chemicals or heat on your hair. Repeated strain on the
hair follicles can pull out strands of hair and even damage the follicles. This causes redness, itching, and
even pus-producing ulcers or infections.
Due to the nature of braiding styles among African American communities, alopecia affects one-third of
women. This makes traction alopecia one of the leading types of hair loss among African American
women.


Causes

Braids, Locs, ponytails, or any hairstyle that pulls on the hair follicle. Some people will
experience hair loss right after the hairstyle is taken down or if tight hairstyles are worn for an
extended time. Hairpieces and extensions clued, glued, or tightly tied to the base of the hair, may cause tension at the hair roots.
Wigs have bands and combs that contribute to stressing the follicle leaving the hair vulnerable
to traction alopecia. If the band on the wig is too tight, it can cause blood flow restriction and
may contribute to alopecia. Lace wigs can cause friction along the hair line resulting in hair loss.
Headwear, such as sports helmets, particularly compression helmets worn while playing
football, snowboarding, skiing, horseback riding, etc., may cause the hair to thin where the
headwear makes contact with the hair. Hair accessories, including hair slides or grips, worn the same way every day. Very long hair can be heavy, pulling on the hair follicles. Very long or tightly tied beards can also
result in traction alopecia.


Frequent use of relaxers can also contribute to traction alopecia. The chemicals in relaxers can
weaken the hair fibers and make them prone to breakage, thus causing hair loss in the long run.
Wearing unnecessarily tight ponytails, pigtails, or braids for an extended period.
Trichotillomania is a mental disorder characterized by incessant (and often unconscious) hair
twisting, plucking, or pulling.

Prevention

1. Change your hairstyle every couple of weeks—for example, alternate between braids and
wearing your hair down. It is essential to give your scalp and hair a break from the tension and
stress.
2. If you wear a wig, choose one with satin, nylon, or cotton wig caps. It won’t pull as hard on your
scalp.
3. Do not use hair relaxers if you plan to wear extensions. Cut your hair to a healthy length and
wear it naturally.
4. Do not use rubber bands and elastic ponytail holders. They can pull out your hair.

5. When you braid your hair or put it in dreadlocks, get thick braids or dreadlocks rather than thin
ones, as more delicate braids pull more tightly.
6. Don’t sleep in rollers. Wrap your hair instead.
7. Place weaves and braids in natural hair instead of chemically processed hair. The chemicals can
damage your hair, making it more likely to break.
8. Make sure braids, cornrows, or weaves are not tight. If it hurts while your hair is styled, ask the
stylist to stop and redo it. Pain equals damage.
9. Use low heat settings on flat irons and blow dryers.
10. Use hair extensions only for a short amount of time. Take out hair extensions right away if they
are causing pain or irritation.
11. Wear a satin bonnet or use a satin pillowcase at bedtime.
12. See a licensed Master Cosmetologist at least once a month for scalp hair treatment and check split
ends. Maintenance from a professional is highly recommended.


Treatment

If you don’t see new hair growth after a few months of taking preventive measures, it’s time to seek
medical attention. Your follicles are probably damaged, and if there is any scarring, your hair may not
grow back.
Once you have experienced damage, you must ask swiftly. A dermatologist specializing in the scalp and
hair can suggest topical and other solutions geared toward lowering inflammation and healing the scalp
to foster new and existing hair growth.


Your doctor may prescribe you the following treatments:
Antibiotics to prevent infection
Topical or intralesional steroids
Topical antifungal shampoos
Biotin supplements
Minoxidil (I do not recommend. Comes with many side effects)
LLT (Low-Level Light Therapy)
Hair replacement surgery


Home Remedies for Traction Alopecia

Adding Protein to Your Diet
Your body requires protein for hair growth. Some healthy dietary protein sources include eggs, fish,
nuts, beans, lean meats, and seeds. Only some people need the same amount of protein as its
requirement varies based on muscle mass and physical activity.


Increase Iron Intake
Iron is another vital nutrient that your body needs to grow new hair. If you face hair loss, your diet
should comprise foods like lentils, tofu, seeds, pumpkin, spinach, and white beans. Many companies
enrich their foods with vitamins and iron, such as in breakfast cereals, to prevent iron deficiency.

Massage Your Scalp
Massaging your scalp with oil can help stimulate blood flow to your follicles, encouraging hair growth.
You can use your fingertips to massage the scalp in a circular motion or buy a massage device to do the
work.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Experts suggest that pumpkin seed oil has proven results in hair growth. A study conducted on a group
of men shows that those who took 400 mg of pumpkin seed oil daily noticed a 40% increase in hair
count in six months.
Banana Hair Mask
Bananas are rich in potassium, antioxidants, natural oils, and vitamins, which make them an ideal hair
fall remedy. Take a ripe banana and one tablespoon of olive oil, coconut oil, and honey each. Leave on
your hair for five minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
Take Away
Traction alopecia causes swelling on your scalp, which can be painful. The swelling may be accompanied
by redness and irritation. Topical anti-inflammatory creams and solutions can help reduce pain and
swelling. Consult your doctor immediately to get the proper medication for yourself. Severe cases of
traction alopecia may require a hair transplant.

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