I am a 23 year old Sikh Male. I have always had long hair my whole life. And I have been suffering from either traction alopecia or eczema on my head but I am not sure what it is. I am seeing my doctor soon to diagnose it. My doctor has given me 2 different types of shampoo and a liquid clear acid application that burns the skin after I shower. And nothing works, I’ve had this for nearly 10 years now. Any suggestions? I have tried everything BUT wear my hair out in the open and or cut it. Cutting the hair wouldn’t be a great loss for me considering that I am not religious. But do you think that would help? I also work out at the gym and do physical activities through out the day so I am always sweating. So my head really never gets air. Please get back to me, I really need to make a decision. Thanks
The common cause of hair loss in Sikh men is traction alopecia from the use of the turban, which pulls on the side and frontal hair. The turban is tightly applied to the head and the traction of it against the skin causes traction alopecia. If you have hair loss on the front and the sides above your ear, then that should be the diagnosis.
Treatment is often best with hair transplants. If you are losing hair elsewhere, your doctor should be able to map out your scalp for miniaturization to determine if you have genetic hair loss.