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Date Posted: 21:46:24 03/02/11 Thu
Author: Dermatology Doc
Subject: alopecia from tension (AKA wig)
In reply to: Upset mom in MAR. 's message, "What to do with a bald spot which we just noticed developed after getting the new larger wig in May for NANs? It's the size of a quarter - what did I do wrong?" on 10:59:00 10/07/08 Thu

My daughter danced for many years (about 7) with a full thick head of hair - no problems. Then, she was required to dance with a wig and we started noticing bald spots from almost every spot where the wig was anchored. We used more ponytails, flat clips and lighter wigs etc. - the baldness remained. She then switched from Irish to ballet. Over the years, some bald spots regrew hair but some follicles were so badly damaged that the bald spots remain. Conclusion: the wig does not cause alopecia IF you don't dance in it. The tension from dancing, however, causes an inordinate amount of trauma to the scalp CAUSING the damage to the hair follicles. For the health of the Irish dancers, let them focus on the artistry of the Irish dance WITHOUT the wigs and/or stiff dresses. The new soft skirt style permits the dancer to execute their steps beautifully and properly - let's now make some changes regarding the hair. AMEN

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  • Erm...I read this post as meaning that the bald spot was on the NEW WIG and not the dancer's head. Am I alone in this or am I just beyond help!???!!! (Sincere post not intended to offend if I am wrong...which I probably am!) (NT) -- DM ...exhausted from GB's, 21:59:58 23/10/12 Tue

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