An increase in the amount of hair thinning presented by women has been the subject of many articles recently in both the medical and lay press.1-3 After seeing a considerable number of these patients, particularly an interesting group whose complaint was localized patches of alopecia, I began to search for a common denominator to explain this phenomenon. Questioning these women, as to a source of trauma or injury to their scalps, they admitted to the use of brush rollers to set their hair, anchoring the roller to the scalp with a large plastic pin, provided by the manufacturer, or with a large bobby pin (Fig. 1). A relationship could be established of (1) use of brush rollers; (2) injury to the scalp with the anchoring pin; (3) development of patchy baldness.
The patches of alopecia of this group of patients was typically in the midline of the scalp extending
LIPNIK MJ. Traumatic Alopecia from Brush Rollers. Arch Dermatol. 1961;84(3):493–495. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580150139024
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