Hair Transplants in Sikh Males: “Traction Allopecia”. Sikhism is a distinct religion started by Guru Nanak Dev in India. The Sikh tenets make it compulsory for the Sikh male to sport 5 symbols of religion on their person, one of which is “Kesh” or long hair. This long hair is tied rather tightly on the head as a topknot and held in place by a rubber band. The pull of this firmly tied knot stretches the most distant hair which in this case is unfortunately the frontal hair line and also the temporal hairline. However, the frontal hair line is devoid of hair since the hair roots have been permanently scarred consequent to the constant pull on them since early childhood. This scarring and hair loss also occurs below the jaw<sup> </sup>area because also sport a long beard and knot tied below the jaw. <a href="http://mhlnk.com/B1419C65" target="_blank"><img src="http://media.markethealth.com/bannerServer.php?type=image&ad_id=2434&aid=713449" border="0"></a> This is a cause of tremendous anguish and concern amongst these young males with a broken frontal hairline. In many cases with this form of hair loss due to traction, called traction alopecia, seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis may occur together. Treatment of these skin conditions will reduce the symptoms. Treating this traction alopecia in Sikh males can be a difficult process since they are forbidden to cut their hair short. What are your views on this topic? Should a Sikh go for such treatment?