Your Trendy Top Knot Bun Might Make You Bald One Day

Experts are seeing more cases of traction alopecia in both men and women due to these types of hairstyles

By Jenna Mullins Sep 25, 2015 4:40 PMTags
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Top knots and man buns are so in right now, but at what cost?!

Experts are blaming the rise in traction alopecia, which is hair loss caused by the persistent tugging of roots over several hours, on everyone's favorite hairstyle for cool people on the go. So ladies and gents, if you are throwing your hair up in tight buns, you might be in danger of future baldness.

It used to be that only woman who had to worry about this problem, but now that men are all about that bun (‘bout that bun no flyaways), dermatologists are seeing an influx of men afflicted with the issues 

"We are seeing an increase here. I would say five years ago I saw women with it but never men, now we're seeing it in men," International Association of Trichologists director David Salinger told the Huffington Post.

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Since men joining in on the trend is kind of a new thing, they probably won't see the full effect of traction alopecia for several years. So while you might be enjoying the Instagram fame that comes with being featured on Daily Man Bun or Man Bun Monday now, you might regret the hairstyle later in life.

"It's a bit early, they might be starting to get some thinning. As time goes on it will get worse and worse," Salinger said. "Men don't realize in the future they're asking for trouble."

Personally, we blame Jared Leto for this.

"I see it probably once or twice a week," dermatologist Sabra Sullivan told Mic about the rise of the condition in men. "They're putting traction on the hair follicles that the hair is not really meant to take."

And to those men who are joining the new man-braid movement, you should be worried, too. You are still tugging on your roots, even if you don't put your hair up in a bun. 

"If you're going to do it, realize you're going to cause the damage. Or if you're going to do it, just don't do it tightly," said Salinger.

Bun and braid safely, kids!

Watch: How to Create the Half-Up Top Knot