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Hair Shaft Problem

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I had really thick and long hair as a child...so much that a band could never hold my hair, and would always break. Right know all the strand in my hair have become very brittle...I can tear a strand with the least bit of pressure. The strand is not smooth, but very bumpy. I need a treatment plan and I am willing to consider anything.

You may have a hair shaft problem. These are best diagnosed by a hair specialist (dermatologist) who can examine the strands under a microscope, or even take a biopsy and send it for examination. There may also be a problem with nutrition or something else affecting the hair shafts. We recommend you have it checked soon.
Hair shaft disorders may lead to brittleness and uncombable hair. In general, the hair feels dry and lusterless. Hair shaft abnormalities may occur as a genetic predisposition or certain things you do to your hair such as blow-drying, over-brushing, permanents, or excessive chemical use appear to trigger the condition. Therapy of hair shaft disorders should focus on the cause.

Traction Alopecia, Will my Hair Grow Back?

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I am a female of 15 years of age and have traction alopecia because I tie my hair back too tightly and have been doing it for 4-5 years-if I change my hairstyle, will my hair grow back

Traction alopecia is hair loss that is caused by long-term hair pulling and breakage due to very tight ponytails, hair weaves, and cornrows. Depending on the stage that the hair loss caused by Traction Alopecia has reached, it is possible to grow some hair back and stop any further hair loss as long as no further tension is applied to the areas. Very often traction alopecia is not reversible because the follicle is destroyed. However, at your young age, this may not be the case. The doctor recommended seeing a hair specialist who may want to put you on 2% Minoxidil to try to help the hair grow back. If all else fails, transplantation will be the next option. Good luck and please don't go back to the tightly pulled hairstyles!

Hair straightening, chemicals and hair loss

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I am experiencing falling of hair of head in increasing rate after straighting the hair with chemicals. i need to make my hair thicker, stronger and denser again.

First of all, stop the use of chemicals on the hair. If this coincided with the hair loss, then it is obvious it has to stop. The hair may return in time. It may have been a telogen effluvium. A considerable number of different causes for telogen effluvium exist. Among the common causes are high fevers, severe infections, severe chronic illness, severe psychological stress, major surgery or illnesses, over or under-active thyroid gland, crash diets with inadequate protein, and a variety of medications. Most hair loss from medications is this type and causes include retinoids, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, antidepressants, and NSAIDS (including ibuprofen).

No treatment is needed for most cases of telogen effluvium. Remember that the hairs fall out when a new hair growing beneath it pushes it out. Thus with this type of hair loss, hair falling out is a sign of hair regrowth. As the new hair first comes up through the scalp and pushes out the dead hair a fine fringe of new hair is often evident along the forehead hairline.

The most important issue in telogen effluvium is to determine if an underlying cause for the problem is present. Blood tests may need to be done if the cause is not obvious, such as mild iron deficiency. If the telogen effluvium is caused by a medication, the medication needs to be stopped. When the cause of the hair loss is something like giving birth, a transient illness, or other self-limited problem the induced telogen effluvium is also usually self-limited and requires no treatment.

Can a swirl be removed from the hairline?

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Before I grew out my hair, I had a swirl at the front of my hairline, I was wondering if there was anything that can done to prevent the swirl from being there when I cut my hair. Can you please let me know? I will get surgery if it will fix this problem?

A Hair whorl or swirl is a patch of hair growing in the opposite direction of the rest of the hair. The swirls are part of each individual's genetics. It is not anything to prevent the swirl because hair whorl is established before birth. The facts suggest that this set of traits is genetic and not environmentally influenced. Surgery would not be a good idea, because nature is always obviously the most natural.

Recent researches show a correlation between handedness and the orientation of hair whorls on the scalp, suggesting the possibility that the same system that patterns hair may also play a role in left-right asymmetry in the brain. Left-handedness is genetic or at least has a genetic component, but the genetic basis is still not clear. Left-handed people have a 50% chance of having a counterclockwise hair whorl and vice versa. In families with no left-handedness at all, there are no counterclockwise hair whorls.

Tight Pony Tails Hair Loss - Can it Regrow?

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I wore my pony tails too tight without realizing my hair was thinning because of it not growing. Can I rejuvenate or stimulate new hair growth in areas that seem bald?

In fact, ponytails can cause permanent hair loss. Any hairstyle that pulls on the scalp for a long period of time can cause hair loss. The hair loss can be reversed if the hairstyle is changed in time... but prolonged wear can lead to permanent loss. Styles to be careful with include tight ponytails & braids, cornrows, buns, chignons, and twists. You should also be careful with hair extensions that are glued or sewn into the hair, as well as with hairpins that secure hats for hours at a time. Women who wear ponytails report that their hair is no longer growing, when in fact it is repeatedly broken at the same distance from the scalp due to the trauma caused by the tight rubber band. Signs to watch out for include an itchy red scalp, tension headaches, hair breakage around the scalp, and random bald patches.

If you have noticed any of these symptoms of traction alopecia, you must stop wearing the offending hairstyle immediately. You should try Minoxidil (Rogaine) first for at least 6 months, and then see a doctor about a possible hair transplant.

Isolated Hair Loss Spot, Can it Regrow Hair?

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I have this bald spot that grows then falls out I had a ringworm when I was a child and where the ringworm was that's where the bald spot is. I've tried almost every hair growing product and nothing. Some of them worked and my hair still fell out like a few months after it grew. Now there's a spot in the back of my head that does the same thing (more like my hair line in the back).I just don't know what to do anymore my hair has been short ever since the ringworm. I want it to grow. I don't want anymore weaves or hair extensions so if you can help I'd appreciate it

It may not be ringworm, may possibly be something like alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is the name for a condition in which round patches of hair loss appear suddenly. The hair-growing tissue is attacked by the patient's own immune cells for unknown reasons.

There are three stages: first, there is sudden hair loss, then the patches of hair loss enlarge, and last, new hair grows back. This process takes months; sometimes more than a year, but rarely does the hair ever grow back. There is every chance that your hair will re-grow, but it may also fall out again. No one can predict when it might re-grow or fall out.

The course of the disease varies from person to person. Some people lose just a few patches of hair, then the hair re-grows, and the condition never recurs. Other people continue to lose and re-grow hair for many years. You may need a scalp biopsy performed by a competent hair replacement doctor.

Restoring the natural color of Gray Hair?

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I'm 52 years old and my hair is turning grey. Is there any way of restoring my natural color besides hair coloring?

Whatever the stage of your life, going gray is an inevitable part of getting older. There are many causes for gray hair such as genes, age, and medical conditions…factors completely beyond your control. The most common reason is age. As we age the cells that generate the color for our hair called Melanocytes degenerates and isn't able to feed the hair follicles as well as they use to. This will result in the pigment in the hair follicle losing its color properties. The hair will end up losing all its color and become transparent.
The science behind our hair going gray is down to the cells in our hair follicles called Melanocytes. These little cells generate the pigment in our hair and they are usually healthy and generous in our youth. As we get older these Melanocytes start generating less pigment in the hair follicle giving the hair strand a slightly transparent appearance.
There are medical conditions that can cause our hair to go gray as well. These can be due to a B12 deficiency or a thyroid condition. In this case, we can help these cells from breaking down by following a healthy diet. Being deficient in B12 can also be a reason for your Gray hair. To prevent this you need to ensure you take regular dosages of B12 as well as folic acid and biotin. Some of us may be lucky enough to keep our natural hair color for a lot longer and will only end up with gray hair in our 50s and 60s. Whatever the stage of your life, going gray is an inevitable part of getting older.
Your hair will go gray and will increase in appearance over the next few years. Gray hair, in reality, is not a bad thing. It is part of a normal process.

Dandruff and Hair Loss?

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for the past 8 years i am having dandruff. i am losing my hairs slowly. more than half gone. i feel shy to go out. my friends teasing. Will new hair grow for me ? please give me a solution...

Sounds like two issues.

Dandruff:

Although regular washing of the hair may wash away the flakes and limit the signs of dandruff, it does not treat the cause. Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo works by restoring the natural balance of the yeast on the scalp, which is the main cause of the dry, flaky, red, itchy symptoms of dandruff, and prevents them from coming back. Not all dandruff treatments work this way, which means they are less likely to be as effective

We suggest that you use a shampoo such as Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo for moderate to severe dandruff. Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo should be used twice weekly (every 3 or 4 days) for the first 2-4 weeks to clear dandruff. Then it only has to be used once every 1-2 weeks to prevent dandruff from coming back. Apply enough shampoo to wash your scalp and hair. Gently massage the entire scalp, leaving the shampoo on for about 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, then dry your hair as you normally do.

What Ingredients Spironolactone contains?

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I am a 38 yr old male with male pattern baldness. last 3 months i am rapidly losing hair even from the so called permanent hair ie the back of the head and even from just above the side-locks, apart from the top and the vertex. I lose almost 15-20 hair every time i comb or wash my hair. the hair have also become dry and lusterless.and even started greying rapidly. i had taken saw-palmetto for 7-9 months with no good results. nowadays i am on serenoa capsules twice a day for the last one and a half months. i am also using a homeopathic medicine which has selenium,lycopodium, jaborandi(indian name) and Phos. acid as its ingredients. What should i do? I have been advised to use minoxydil 05% twice daily and also use spironlactone. please tell me what are the ingredients of this spironolactone?

Spironolactone is a chemical that has been around for some time. It is an androgen blocker, currently used by some for hair loss, in a topical reparation applied directly to the hair.

My hair has completely stopped growing!

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I am not losing my hair but for about a year now, my hair has completely stopped growing. It literally has not grown an inch. My last haircut was in October of 2005. I asked my pediatrician because it's starting to worry me. She ordered some thyroid tests but they were all normal. I am 17 and a very athletic person. I play tennis about 4 hours every day. I don't damage my hair. I don't blowdry it or anything. I am on Prozac for Depression and last September through March I was on Atenolol and Verapamil for my heart condition. I'll admit that I don't eat very much but as a petite person, my doctor doesn't see any problem with my weight. I really just want to know why this is happening.

there are many factors that can control hair growth and hair loss. The thyroid gland is just one of them.
This is very unusual to have the hair just stop growing. Is there a pattern to it? In other words, is it ALL of the hair that's not growing or just some areas? Has any of the non-growing hair shed, or is it all intact?

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