thinning in the top of my head and I'm only 17!!

Hey guys!

I noticed that my hair started thinning in the top of my head a few months ago. A friend recommended Fermodyl? Its a leave-on treatment and it stopped the hair loss but now it started again.
I'm only 17 and worrying about hair loss is not a good thing right now.

I started going to a new hair stylist and he recommended Biotin? Would that help? Is there something else I can do?

I use Suave products and an aloe based hair gel; with a keratin mask 20mins/once a week to make my curls a bit more manageable.

**Edit: After checking out other threads here, I'm suspecting I may have traction alopecia from wearing my hair in a tight ponytail for a few months and too sleep earlier in the year**

What can I do??
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Update!
hey guys, thanks for all your advice
I've started drinking biotin pills and a multivitamin, because it turns out I'm anemic, and my doctor said I should have regular blood tests to see my hemoglobin levels. I'm not wearing tight buns anymore and I bought the loosest and softest scrunchies I could find.
Hopefully in a month or so I'll see more progress.
Any advice on the castor oil? Is it safe to use with the vitamins?
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Last edited by acydrose; 08-15-2010 at 02:42 PM. Reason: Update
I was gonna ask if you wore tight ponytails/accessories AS I was reading, then saw your edit.

1st: Stop using stuff in your hair that's tight. If you need to put hair up for some reason (shower/bath, sport) find gentler means (caps, large octopus clips, loose braids, looser satin scrunchies).

Eat well. Getting proper nutrition (including adequate protein and nutrients) help the body produce healthy hair.

Use gentle hair handling techniques when washing and styling.

Make sure you check with your parents before taking hair growth supplements--you are underaged and they need to know in case there is a reaction, which is not impossibe, as I had to go to the doctor with an allergic reation to NourishHair and MSM after taking it for my thinning hair,and I"m 50!

You can easily find out what is good for hair in terms of supplements by googling it or reading the threads here, so I won't rehash. But you MUST inform you mom or dad (whoever is your primary health caretaker/monitor), particularly if you have any pre-existing health conditions. That way, if you do have a reaction to something, they are informed and don't freak.

So, just be sensible in hair caretaking, sensible in eating and keeping stress down, take a sensible multivitamin (with parental approval), and since you are young, your hair will fill in.

But hair that got torn out will take time to grow in. Will not happen overnight. But within a month, you'll notice if there is new hair filling in the thinness, and that will reassure you.

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Please let your parents know since hair thinning can be caused by medical problems like anemia (especially with menses) and hypothyroidism. Make sure you have a balanced diet and take a multivitamin if needed. You're right - traction alopecia (especially if you have been parting your hair for pony tails) could be the culprit.
Are you on birth control? Some of the newer kinds of BCP cause serious hairloss in some women.
I had the same issues as you when I was 16. I wasn't wearing tight things in my hair all the time but I had no concept of doing what was healthy for my scalp.

After you try wearing your hair in looser styles and things don't grow back then I suggest going to a dermatologist. Sometimes they do a scalp biopsy to see what you have if it isn't apparent and there are no related factors such as tight hair styles, stress, etc. I have an inflammatory alopecia in which I use prescription shampoo and Rogaine to maintain what hair I have, but a derm will determine what is best as you don't want to go by other's medicinal remedies and damage the your scalp even more.
if your hair is thinning use henna it thickens your hair also castor oil as well they both thicken the and get you some boitin pills and also a hair and nail vitamin and o.d on them you will see results i been there i also use emu oil
4b thick kinky coily hair
shampoo/ swastika shikakia shampoo bar / and organic sulfate free moisture shampoo
conditioner/ henna , amla , brahami , tresse anti breakage conditioner, as a cream rinse/ honey egg and mayo ass a deep treatment,
vo5 moisture milk conditoner

oils/ organic coconut oil, vatika oil, castor oil, shea butter ,ojon restorative treatment ,olive oil,emu oil, peppermint essential oil, rosemary essential oil
and get you a sulfate free shampoo
4b thick kinky coily hair
shampoo/ swastika shikakia shampoo bar / and organic sulfate free moisture shampoo
conditioner/ henna , amla , brahami , tresse anti breakage conditioner, as a cream rinse/ honey egg and mayo ass a deep treatment,
vo5 moisture milk conditoner

oils/ organic coconut oil, vatika oil, castor oil, shea butter ,ojon restorative treatment ,olive oil,emu oil, peppermint essential oil, rosemary essential oil
Sometimes hair thinning can be hormonal or other problems that can be going on in your body. You should really get that checked out in case it's serious.
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