Ballerina Baldness!

Ballerina Baldness!

Hair loss is something that as humans we do have to deal with at some stage of our lives but becoming bald through our younger years is not something that we expect.  ‘Ballerina Baldness’ is a very common occurrence which can happen to anyone and many dancers suffer with it.  Please don’t panic though…….there is a light at the end of the tunnel, because it can be stopped in its tracks with a few routine changes!

What exactly is Ballerina Baldness?

Traction Alopecia, also known as ‘Ballerina Baldness’ is localised hair loss caused by damage to the hairs’ roots from constantly pulling hair too tight in the same direction. First noticed in the early 1900’s among women and girls in Greenland, the condition has also been noted among men of the Sikh clan who wear their hair in tight knots and African American individuals who wear their hair in tight braids called ‘cornrows’.

This image shows the beginning signs of ‘Ballerina Baldness’.  By catching it early on, you can prevent it completely.  Washing your hair with good shampoo will keep it strong and healthy also.

How can Ballerina Baldness be cured?

If detected early enough, a simple change of hairstyle will do the trick.  Simply switch up your style in order to change the direction in which your hair is pulled each day.  There are a huge range of hair styles to choose from which will keep your hair healthy and bald free.  Check out our ‘Hairstyles for Dance’ blog to see a wide selection and a few ideas!

So if you think you are going a bit thin on top, don’t just sit back and watch it happen…..get changing those hairstyles!  Not only will it solve your ‘Ballerina Baldness’ but it will also keep you looking unique and stylish in your dance classes!

Dancemania has a wide range of hair accessories on offer to help keep your hair neat and tidy for class. For those pesky strands of hair, we have strong sets of hair pins and our bun nets are sturdy and come in a range of hair tones.  To decorate your hairstyles, our large range of scrunchies will get tongues wagging and we also have great ways of keeping your accessories all together with the Capezio Toiletry Organizer and Bun pack purse!  Why not have a look at our full range of Hair Essentials here at Dancemania!

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    This appeared on the BBC news website today (28 September 2011 Last updated at 13:27)

    “Extravagant Irish dancing wigs may lead to hair loss, two Irish doctors have warned.

    In the Irish medical magazine, Hospital Doctor, they asked young Irish dancers to beware of pinning on heavy ringleted wigs.

    Dr Sally Jane O’Shea and Dr Aoife Lally of St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, pointed to the case of a 16-year-old girl.

    She presented with a history of hair loss over three years.

    Originally she had found two distinct patches of hair loss on her head, but the hair grew back within two months.

    A year later, the same thing happened but the hair grew back again. However, after a third bout of hair loss which lasted seven months, she attended the clinic.
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    The doctors discovered that she was a keen Irish dancer. They found that the pattern of her hair loss coincided with the annual Irish national dancing competitions.

    “The sites of alopecia corresponded to those to which a wig, worn as part of her costume, had been fixed with hair clips,” the doctors noted.

    “Not only that, but March/April was the peak time for dancing national competitions.”

    They concluded that the girl had developed “traction alopecia” as a result of this hair pinning, which had eventually developed into scarring alopecia.

    “Although initial hair loss is non-scarring, with repeated trauma, scarring alopecia may develop, which is similar to the clinical history of our patient,” the doctors said.

    They said it was surprising that more cases had not been described to date and they added that this unusual case “should be considered in patients of this age with similar interests”.

    The report appeared in issue 8 of Hospital Doctor of Ireland 2011, a clinical medical journal aimed at secondary care in Ireland which is edited by Shauna Rahman.”

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