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Dear Ouidad: In my teens and early 20s, I had thick, type 3b (I think) hair. I had to have it thinned out occasionally. Since I've had my third child, and in my 30s, I have lost more than half of it. My hair is longer now, finally, than I had always kept it before. I also take better care moisturizing it than I ever did. Why am I losing it, and what can I do? I wash it two times a week, and by that time it is usually matted together, and feels like straw. Of course, tons falls out, also. My mother did the same way; I remember her talking about her thinning hair and bald spots where her hair parted. I do not style my hair much. For the last 15 years I've always let it air dry. Though as a teenager, I always blow dried it, and never lost much hair. Please tell me what I can do—I will try anything.

A: Often hair can change as a result of stress, a health issue or hormones. In most cases it’s just a normal change in the body as we age. If you’re concerned that something else is going on I would recommend speaking with your doctor. In the meantime, you can use my PlayCurl products for added volume and lift.

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I agree-go see your Dr and have them check your thyroid. I started to lose my hair and that was the problem. Once I got on the proper meds, and diet, my hair grew back.
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I also have 3b hair. It got less curly as I got older until I get to the beach or a really damp day when I washed my hair in the morning. Anyhow, it started thinning some years ago to where I thought I was developing bald patches. Luckily, I discovered that the severely low fat diet I had been following for ten years might be the problem and I ditched that diet and went back to eating a lot more fat, meaning food that I considered normal all my life before the low fat madness swept society. Did not gain weight on my program and did gain hair! A lot of it, but it took a year or so before the lady who trims my hair commented on it, and because I have long hair, I couldn't see any effect other than a little fuzziness at the crown for quite a while. I was like 49 at the time, though, so younger people would see results a lot faster if that is the problem with the thinning. Also I stopped being depressed, but that is another topic.

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