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A former ballerina has suffered devastating hair loss from years of wearing her hair too tight.
Diva Hollands told Daily Mail her hair started receding when she was just 13 years old.
The now 22-year-old from Epsom, England, had to undergo a follicular transplant, and since then, she has been warning others about the potential for a condition called traction alopecia.
Hollands started dancing when he was 3 years old, and eventually became so advanced that she trained at the Royal Ballet School in London.
Every day her mother put her hair in a bun to keep the hair off of her face, and eventually it started falling out.
She told Marie Clarie that she was bullied for her hair in primary and secondary school.
“It got really serious when I was about 13,” Hollands said. “Since then, I was completely self-conscious about it and did everything I could to hide the area.”
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She said kids told her she had a forehead the size of a soccer field.
Hollands struggled with her self esteem, even when dating her now- fiancé David Lawson-Brown.
She told Marie Clarie that she would not let him see her with her hair pulled back for six months.
When she turned 18, Hollands quit dance to become a model.
Now, she’s a mother of a 2-year-old and a 6-month-old. She started losing her hair even more rapidly after she had children, and opted to have surgery.
In October 2015, she had an 8-hour follicular unit transplant. The procedure involved moving strips of skin with hair from the back of her scalp to her forehead where her hair was missing.
Hollands said she wanted to share this story so other women don’t feel ashamed by their hair loss.
RealSelf Contributor Sejal Shah, M.D told Good Housekeeping that people who wear their hair in tight hairstyles may be at risk for the same condition.
“People may not even note a tight or painful feeling because although the hairstyles that cause traction are tight, they are relatively gentle compared to going through a hair pluck or pull,” she said.
“The majority of people don’t really have any other signs except for gradual hair thinning.”
She said that if you feel pulling, you could be at risk for hair loss.
Fortunately, Hollands is now looking happier and more confident than ever.
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