I have severe dandruff and/or psoriasis that results in unsightly plaques on my scalp. Recently, I had a temporary lapse in judgement and gently removed one of the plaques forming on the hairline. To my surprise, the plaque came off with six or seven hairs, causing me great anxiety and grief. I do not habitually scratch my head or remove plaques, but the sight and itchiness of this one was driving me crazy. Do you think the loss of these hairs is permanent, even though I don’t normally pick at my scalp? Or does traction alopecia occur only with frequent picking?
You will not get traction alopecia from one or two hair pulls. It takes many hair pulls to get it to become permanent. Sounds like you have it all together.