I am a Pacific Islander who had dreadlocks for about 6 years. I noticed small, developing bald spots approximately a year ago. I recently cut my dreads since I noticed that the bald spot is growing. Is it abnormal for my scalp to be itchy? I have always had dandruff, could this be to blame? Sometimes it is particulary itchy at the bald spot? Could this be new growth or perhaps the cause of my baldness? Are there any treatments that can be sought for traction Alopecia?
Having dreads or braids can cause traction alopecia, which is not reversible unless it is caught early enough. For those who are lucky enough to catch it before it becomes irreversible and the dreads or braids were not in for extended periods of time, you may experience regrowth of hair. If this is the case, it could take up to year for hair to regrow.
Your scalp should not itch with new growing hair. I do not believe there is a correlation with itchy scalp and new hair growth. As you mentioned, this may be dandruff or other skin/scalp problem and I agree with that belief.