Your man bun could be making you bald

Scraping back hair can cause a condition called traction alopecia

Tying hair back into a man bun or top knot could cause hair loss and even result in permanent scarring.

Man buns could be causing a condition called traction alopecia, which means hair is damaged from being pulled back regularly.

What’s more, the hairstyle could lead to irreversible follicle death and even permanent scarring on the hairline, according to a top dermatologist.

Sabra Sullivan told Mic: “I see it probably once or twice a week.”


Sabra added: “They’re putting traction on the hair follicles that the hair is not really meant to take.”

Agreeing man buns were partly to blame, she said: “Traction alopecia in men is becoming more common.”

But keeping the knot loose could be the key to avoiding any potential hair loss.

She added: “The idea is not to pull so tight – you don’t want to have to go for hair transplants later.”

Boys might be at risk of losing their precious locks with buns, but ponytails could be damaging to girls too.

Writing almost 60 years ago on the topic, Dr. Albert H. Slepyan said: “In spite of the repeated admonitions, the ponytail in recent years has enjoyed unusual fascination and popularity among our younger females.

“It is clear that those who wear the ponytail longer and more tightly drawn are considered more accomplished in the eyes of their contemporaries.

“It is the prolonged pulling of the hair backward and upward into a smoothly compacted corded hair bundle that has caused loss of hair in many of these persons.”


Apparently even slicking back your hair and pulling it too tight could have a long term impact.

High-end stylist Dennis Zuniga told Mic: “Once you damage the hair follicle, it will not grow back.”

Losing hair is the fear of many boys, but don’t worry as dermatologist Sabra Sullivan insists it won’t happen to everyone.

She said: “There are lots of men who wear man buns and don’t get traction alopecia.”