I diagnosed myself with Traction Alopecia in 04/2014 after noticing extreme thinning, and bald spots in my temples.
What caused my Traction Alopecia? I don't wear braids often and when I do, I install them myself so there is no tightness or tension on my scalp. So, my Traction Alopecia was not caused by tight braids or hairstyles that were too tight. I did however notice that every time I used my Denman brush, modified or unmodified, I would have extreme soreness in the temple areas. No matter how gentle or careful I was, my temples were always sore after detangling with the Denman Brush. I do not know the scientific reason why but the Denman was pulling out my hair.
How did I recover? I stopped using the Denman Brush and started using the wide tooth comb and my fingers to detangle. I gave my hair a break from all the manipulation and put it in a protective style. I also did this so I could have easy access to my scalp. I gave myself scalp massages three days a week with my Healthy Hair Serum. The scalp massages helped to increase blood flow to the scalp and the oil helped to promote growth. In addition to that, I made sure to keep my scalp clean. Even though my hair was in a protective style I cleansed with apple cider vinegar every three weeks. I also didn't leave braids in my hair too long I made sure I removed them after six weeks. As a result I have fully recovered, and my hair is back to being full and health. Since I stopped using the Denman Brush, I haven't experienced any tenderness while detangling or otherwise.
Have you used a detangling tool like the Denman Brush? What has been your experience?