Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What Is Causing Kim Kardashian's Thinning Hair?

Has the stress of the spotlight, not to mention her quickie marriage, finally gotten to Kim Kardashian? The reality star was recently photographed with what appears to be a thinning patch of hair.

From the photo, you can see the 31-year old has what appears to be a bald spot, a telling sign that she is likely suffering from a condition called traction alopecia. Kim, who is said to be a frequent user of hair extensions, now appears to be dealing with the consequences of the pulling, styling and abuse her follicles have suffered over the years.

Traction Alopecia is common among people who wear tight braids, those who use hair extensions over a long period of time, attach wigs or weaves with glue/clips/tape, or those who suffer from trichotillomania (hair-pulling disease), traction alopecia is a result of the chronic tension or pulling on the follicles causing irreparable damage.

The definitive cure is hair transplantation which permanently replaces the follicles into the bald skin. However, without a change in hair-care habits, the transplanted hair is also at risk.