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simbaxo 10-22-2012 09:32 PM

Why has my hair become so weak?
Hello everyone! Before I start, I just want to add that this might be a little long...

Anyways, I will begin by saying that I am 14 years old, in good shape, and mostly healthy. However, I find that my hair is much more weaker and thinner than it used to be. I remember having a thicker pony tail (this was before I started wearing my hair curly) and when I straightened it, it looked just like my sister's (who has straight hair with normal thickness). My hair falls out a lot more and sometimes I find my roots hurt from leaving my hair up. I think my hair loss/hair thinning may have been caused by these things, but I am not completely sure.

- headbands? I know it sounds weird but I have read that the strain of headbands can cause hair loss? I wore headbands and my hair done up in a bun for most of grade 6 & 7, so about 2 school years?

- worry ; I have never been diagnosed with anxiety or anything, but my mum complains that I worry a lot (I admit that sometimes I do) and I know that that is a major cause of hair thinning/hair loss?

- shampoos/not caring for my hair ; I was never gentle with my hair when I was younger and did not care for it because I could never tame it.

- low vitamin/iron intake... I don't know if iron/protein intake has to do with hair growth, but I thought it might be helpful to add that for the majority of 2-3 years, I did not have meat/seafood/etc products! I did have eggs, but not very often because I didn't enjoy them. I have recently started to include meat products in my diet again.

That's mainly what I can think of right now. If you have any help, I would really appreciate it. I'm thinking of taking vitamins and changing my diet if that would help? Or am I being completely crazy and over thinking it all? ^ _ ^

simbaxo 10-22-2012 10:04 PM

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I see bald spots when I pull it back sometimes?
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jdutch 10-23-2012 08:04 PM

Do you blow dry your hair a lot? I've heard that it could be damaging. I try to towel dry my hair as much as possible..

simbaxo 10-24-2012 06:59 PM

@jdutch: Thanks so much for replying!!! The odd thing is that I don't ever use heat on my hair! I have probably straightened it three times this year, but that's it. I don't use blowdryers whatsoever. :)

melissa.pett 10-24-2012 07:11 PM

Hormones? Not that you have this problem, but when I had a baby, my hair had spots just like your picture. You may want to see if your mom had issues like that too. I've heard about hormones being out of whack and that can cause all sorts of hair changes.

simbaxo 10-25-2012 08:25 AM

@meliassa.pett: I will ask my mum about that because she does get anxious and worried much more than me… I guess I will look into it, thanks for the suggestion! :)

curlylifestyle 05-06-2013 05:26 PM

How long is it? I also used headbands alot and u would often feeling the roots around my hair line feeling strained

So_Jane 05-06-2013 07:38 PM

It doesn't sound like you put a lot of stress on the hair.

So maybe, as another poster suggested, it could be because of changes in your body as a result of puberty/hormonal, which is perfectly natural at that age. And a multi-vitamin is a good idea.

Try more deep conditioning and think about protective styling (I think they say buns are also protective). Hopefully, it will help.

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