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Old 04-01-2008, 04:53 PM   #1
 
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I am 41 and my hair is very white (although I put some color in it, now regretting it) and now that my curls are getting healthier, I can see more of my scalp. Now, I am not sure if it is because my hair is getting heavier as it gets longer and as it twists from my scalp, I just see more of my pale scalp...or if I am seeing my white roots and thinking I am seeing scalp....or if, as my SO said, my hair is thinning.
Anyone else have this problem? I see a Deva specialist in a couple weeks, so I can ask her what she thinks then. But wanted some reassurance now, I guess.
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Old 04-01-2008, 04:58 PM   #2
 
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Like you say it might be the white showing, or it might be that clumping is showing more skin.

What is your shedding like? If you don't shed much hair when you detangle (or on your clothes and chair during the day or pillow during the night) then it's probably one of the above.
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:16 PM   #3
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My hair has thinned a bit and it's more noticeable when my hair is longer!

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Old 04-01-2008, 05:41 PM   #4
 
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I don't seem to be shedding more than normal. I have fine hair but there is alot of it. Or there was......
my SO mentioned that when I walked away from him today, he thought I was "balding." I think I shrieked or something because he immediately started to backtrack and said " Well, you know, I can see your scalp at the top of your head in the back. Just a bit though."
It is kind of pitiful that I have been feeling pretty good about my hair now that I am figuring out how to manage it and it is getting longer and curlier, but now I am wondering if I should cut it off to cover my scalp.
To be honest, I was going to go back to my white hair since I thought I had the curls under control and was feeling pretty confident.
(sigh) I am getting way too upset about this....
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:55 PM   #5
 
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When you get further back to your white hair, it will probably not look so strange. I think it is the illusion of pigmented length vs. white roots that is causing it.

Maybe a semi-permanent color can help with the transition? If you test it and find that it does not permanently stain hair. It can on some.
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:39 AM   #6
 
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I could have written your post. My hair has thinned somewhat (on the top/crown area) over the last couple of years, but it always looks worse when my colour's due to be done. I have very dark hair and very pale skin so when the roots start showing it makes my hair look even thinner than it is. It's particularly annoying that the thinner area is the only part that is grey - I have no grey on the underneath and sides of my hair and no obvious thinning there either. Sigh.
The clumpier my curls are the worse it appears too - like you say as the curls twist away from my head it leaves "gaps". I flat-ironed a couple of days ago and hey presto, no gaps (still thin crown but easier to disguise).
So really, no help, or reassurance, but you're not alone and I'd be interested to see what the Deva specialist says. I keep meaning to get my backside into gear and go to a trichologist but keep forgetting!
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:45 PM   #7
 
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Thanks for the reply. It does help to have others commiserate. I am hoping that if I go back to white/grey that I won't notice it anymore. I would like to figure out my hair color without having to go to a pro. I wonder how stupid it would be to do an UltraBlonde at home and then hope for the best.
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In searching for a discussion on this topic, I found this. Pigreyhound and Starmie, we are in the same boat.

Pigreyhound, have you decided to let your gray just grow out? Did Deva tell you anything enlightening?

Seems like every day, I notice some little spot at the top/back of my head where scalp shows. I'm hating it!
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If you are not shedding more, it's the white roots. I'm growing out my gray hair and same effect is happening with me. My hair sometimes looks like it's floating
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Yeah, I'm not even transitioning but I get the floating hair with even just a couple weeks of regrowth. I think this is the one downside of being dark red instead of blonde.
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My mom's hair has gotten thinner as she has gotten older. Women can have some hair loss as they age. There is a medical term for this, but I don't know it off the top of my head. Anyway, I wonder if taking Biotin would help with regrowth?
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Unfortunately, I am in this group, too. My thinning hair is a combination of medication and thyroid issues. I think the better clumping near the root makes more scalp show. I mentioned it to my hairdresser, who is a good friend. It's a real catch 22, great curls that show scalp or not as good curls. He couldn't understand why I might go for the great curls.
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Old 06-24-2008, 04:35 PM   #13
 
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My mom's hair has gotten thinner as she has gotten older. Women can have some hair loss as they age. There is a medical term for this, but I don't know it off the top of my head. Anyway, I wonder if taking Biotin would help with regrowth?
I'm really skeptical about vitamins or herbs and hair growth. I mean, if they worked, wouldn't everybody be taking them? Plus, I really do think it's just another lovely facet of aging. But man, is it irritating. I finally get my hair to look good most days and now I got this damn scalp problem showing through....
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My Mom & all the women in her family have thinning hair as they get older. I think it's inherited. I wish I could inherit money instead. I also don't think there is a pill that will help this. I'm really tired of all the BS advertising. I work hard for my money & I'm tired of throwing it away on false advertising. I think all you can do is eat right, exercise, & meditate to relieve stress.
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:50 PM   #15
 
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Hi, would anyone offer advice about natural hair products that won't weigh down thinning hair? I'm trying to find find a product to order for my mother - her hair is thinning a little bit. If she puts too heavy a product in, her hair looks thin; if she puts too light a product in, it doesn't help with frizz.

I'm 3b/3c, but her hair is more 3a/3b. She's been using my products lately, but they're weighing down her hair a bit too much. Because of that, she's not using enough product.

I really want to order her something all natural from MHC or a place like that, but I'm not sure what to get. She colors her hair, it's fine, about 3a/3b, and thinning a little bit on top.

Has anyone found a good product that reduces frizz but keeps volume on top (esp. all natural)? Thanks!
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mine is thin on top too (hereditary, an issue for years) and I have found a few "tricks" that work to disguise it:

I use a diffuser at the roots after I've scrunched with a soft cotton tshirt. I push the roots up and hold it there, then shoot it with some cold air. I do this all over--near the part I push it in the opposite direction of how it is going to lay. I diffuse the rest of my hair sometimes after this or just leave it to air dry. This works much better for me than the clipping some do to get their hair up and off their scalp... my hair is so thin that clipping just makes more bald spots

When my hair is totally dry and I'm scrunching out the crunch, I slide my fingers in at the roots and "fluff" them a little by rubbing my hand gently back and forth along my scalp. I've done this enough that I can do this now without disturbing the curl, as long as I'm waiting until it is completely dry. When I first started doing this though, yeah.... it made a mess LOL took lots of practice to get it right.

I get highlights, which draw the eye away from my scalp and also make any scalpy patches less noticeable than they would be if I had just brown hair.

I used Rogaine. It really did make a difference in the number of hairs on my head. But I didn't like the way it felt, so I stopped using it. I can tell I've stopped.

I'm taking Biotin to see if it makes a difference (I lose a LOT of hair every day). I know overall my nutrition is poor so for me I'm wondering if that along with my B vitamins and multi will help. I don't agree with the person who thinks a pill won't help.... I think if you are lacking in some nutrients it really doesn't hurt to supplement your diet with them.
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Old 08-30-2008, 05:19 PM   #17
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The body requires certain vitamins and minerals to grow hair. Biotin with B12, B 6, and several others can help your hair grow faster because it gives your body what it needs. Your hair can grow back if you take these provided you were deficient and that's what made your hair thin or fall out.
I know because not only am I saying this but I'm living it too.

A lot of the vitamins that are sold are synthetic and the body can't do anything with them because they're not digestable. Whole food source vitamins are better. Not as good as fresh foods, but better than synthetic.
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