Thinning Hair...(cross post in Hair-Health Related)

I have had issues with thin hair (just on the top and a little on the sides) for years, but lately it seems to be getting worse.

My boyfriend even made a comment to me last night..."your hair seems so much thicker in old pictures and your sisters have much thicker hair than you do." **Suffice it to say..I wanted to strangle him!! He should know better than that!

Anyway, I am really at a loss for what could be the problem and also, what can be done to remedy this situation.

Again, my hair is especially thin on the sides and on the very top of my head. When wet, almost looks like bald spots (where the hair clumps together and leaves parts that look "bald") that can get covered with my hair drys and "thickens" up a bit.

I am really worried...any ideas?

Thank you kindly!
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Rose
BiRacial Curly Girl
Mostly 3B...with one or two 3C ringlets!
Currently Loving: SheaMoisture Leave-in, CK, re:coil (only 1-2x per week), Hypo Allergenic Gel. Still Looking for that HG Conditioner though....
Have you been to a doctor or a trichologist (hair doctor)? You could have a thyroid problem. Are you under a lot of stress? If not stress or thyroid issue, then you could be allergic to a product you're using. In the meanwhile, I would begin eating healthier, massaging your scalp with rosemary essential oil mixed with almond oil and try to be as healthy as you possibly can. You should definitely get medical help and educate yourself about hair loss. This is probably reversible, but usually thinning hair in women is indicative of a health-related issue.
3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
Here is a really good article on women's hairloss that I found a while back. I hope it helps

http://www.hairlosstalk.com/research/women/
Thank you both for the information.

I have not spoken to a doctor about this...but I think that should be my first step. I have been in "hair denial" with the possibility of having any sort of problem with this. I just figured that is the way my hair was.

But because it has become more noticeable (particularly when my hair is wet), I can't ignore the issue any longer.

I hope it is something that is easy to remedy.
Rose
BiRacial Curly Girl
Mostly 3B...with one or two 3C ringlets!
Currently Loving: SheaMoisture Leave-in, CK, re:coil (only 1-2x per week), Hypo Allergenic Gel. Still Looking for that HG Conditioner though....
I notice in female clients that hair thinning is usually caused by either stress or other health related circumstances. If they are thinning spots (like actually round spots) it could be a form of Alopecia. If this is the issue, you can usually get some steroid injections which will solve the problem. It might also be that your iron levels are low, in which case alot of times iron pills can make a huge difference. I would say that you should talk to a doctor. I am sure that whatever it is, you have a good chance that it can be reversed. I hope this helps a little, and keep us posted on the results.
I notice in female clients that hair thinning is usually caused by either stress or other health related circumstances. If they are thinning spots (like actually round spots) it could be a form of Alopecia. If this is the issue, you can usually get some steroid injections which will solve the problem. It might also be that your iron levels are low, in which case alot of times iron pills can make a huge difference. I would say that you should talk to a doctor. I am sure that whatever it is, you have a good chance that it can be reversed. I hope this helps a little, and keep us posted on the results.
All types of hair loss are called "alopecia". I think the type you're referring to, with the round bald spots, is called "alopecia areata". From Latin, that translates to something like "coin shaped bald spots". You're absolutely right about the steroid injections being a popular treatment for this, though, as the current popular theory is that it's an autoimmune thing.

It doesn't sound like you have alopecia areata to me, rose. It sounds like classic androgenetic hair loss to me. Androgenetic hair loss usually responds really well to topical minoxidil treatments. Go talk to a dermatologist or even to your general practitioner. They'll probably recommend some form of topical minoxidil treatments, i.e. Rogaine.

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