Scalp popping: doctors warn against the dangerous TikTok trend [video]


  • Scalp popping trend has risen once again on TikTok, and doctors have warned against the practice.
  • The trend started when a video of a barber pulling his client’s hair hard enough until a popping sound is heard, became viral.
  • According to plastic surgeon and TikToker Dr. Anthony Youn, scalp popping “can tear the inside of the scalp, which can bleed a ton on the inside.”

A disturbing TikTok video featuring scalp popping is once again getting viral.

The video shows a barber engaging in what’s been called “scalp popping.” He pulls his client’s hair hard enough to create a popping sound against the skull. The single video has already garnered over 1.7 million views. While it appears satisfying to the client, doctors are warning against this controversial TikTok trend.

Detroit-based plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, M.D. reacted to the video.

The trend is so risky that even TikTok has issued a warning against it on the hashtag #scalppopping: “Performance, imitation, or encouragement of dangerous amateur stunts and risky behavior that can lead to serious injury or death is not permitted on TikTok,” the company said in a statement. 

But, what is scalp popping?

Dr. Youn, who is also a TikToker with over 5.6 million followers, explains, “This is when pulling the hair so hard you pop the galea off of the skull that you create [a] popping sound. The galea aponeurotica is a tough sheet of soft tissue connected to the scalp.”

TikTok users are claiming that they or others have tried the method as a treatment for head-related ailments ranging from migraines to cluster headaches.

Dr. Youn explains in a previous video on the trend that by popping the soft tissue off of the skull like this, you can cause bleeding or a nasty sore on the side of your head.

Scalp popping is actually, dangerous.

“Please don’t do this!” Dr. Youn wrote in a comment. “It can tear the inside of the scalp, which can bleed a ton on the inside. Think Boxer or MMA fighter with scalp hematoma.” 

“I would be concerned that the hair follicle would be damaged at the base, creating inflammation and even scarring,” says Mona Gohara, M.D., a Connecticut-based dermatologist. “Scalps weren’t meant to be popped.”

If you’ve seen what these blood-filled cysts look like on someone’s head, or are worried about losing your hair in general, that should be enough to stay away from scalp popping.

Source: Yahoo! News

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