Diva Hollands, a former dancer, model and mother is sharing her story about hair loss to try and break the taboo that surrounds this issue for women.
Traction alopecia, according to WebMD is a ‘condition caused by localized trauma to the hair follicles from tight hairstyles that pull at the hair over time. If the condition is detected early enough, the hair will regrow. Braiding, cornrows, tight ponytails, and extensions are the most common styling causes of traction alopecia.’
As hollands was a dancer, who trained at the Royal Ballet School in London, her hair was constantly being pulled into tight hairstyles, which she claims is the cause for her receding hairline at just 13, which made her feel self conscious and led to bullying in the playground.
“I was bullied for my hairline in primary school and then into secondary school, but it got really serious when I was about 13,” she says. “Since then, I was completely self-conscious about it and did everything I could to hide the area.” She often heard comments saying that her forehead was the size of a soccer field.
She didn’t even expose her hairline for her now-fiancee when she first met him. “When I met David I didn’t let him see me with my hair back for six months,” she confesses. “For me, it’s something that is very personal.”
Hollands left the world of dance when she was 18 to launch her modeling career. She’s now the mother of a 2-year-old son and 6-month-old daughter.
Pregnancy also contributed to more hair loss.
Last year she decided to face the problem head on and booked an appointment with Edward Ball, MRCS, who runs the Maitland Clinic in the UK. Dr. Ball performed an 8-hour follicular unit transplantation on Hollands. The procedure involves moving strips of skin with hair from the back of the patient’s scalp to the body part where hair is absent, which was Hollands’ forehead (though other patients have the donor strip applied to the brows, crown of the head and even beard area).
One year on, Hollands is delighted with the results. You can clearly see the difference the procedure made in the before and after shots.