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Experts warn youngsters against new ‘scalp popping’ TikTok trend as it could cause long-term damage

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A number of medical experts have warned young people to avoid one of the new trends on TikTok that’s rising in popularity: scalp popping.

Which is exactly how it sounds.

People are twisting small sections of hair and yanking them away from their scalp as fast as possible, which makes a ‘popping’ noise.

We’ve seen a number of dangerous trends go viral in the past, like when teenagers started filing their teeth, or the period where ducks were being taken from rivers.

Some of these “challenges” have even resulted in death.

But this new trend became popular on TikTok after user YanaSemerly, who has over 31,000 followers, shared a clip of her and her friend trying out the trend.

Do not try 'scalp popping' at home
Do not try ‘scalp popping’ at home

And partaking in the scalp popping trend can lead to some very damaging consequences, according to doctors.

Dr Gokhan Vayni, hair transplant specialist, told Tyla : “The scalp popping trend is hugely concerning for many reasons. Primarily, it’s dangerous and can cause bleeding under the skin on the inside of the scalp, or sores on your head.

“The ‘popping’ sound you hear is the galea aponeurotica (soft tissue between your scalp and skull) popping off your skull.”

Dr Ross Perry added: “You can easily tear the inside of the scalp which can lead to bleeding and possible infections, it can become sore and extremely uncomfortable.

“It can also cause damage to the hair follicle on a long term basis which could lead to hair loss and let’s not forget damage to the neck and head from the force of the hair being pulled.”


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