Is Thinning Hair Caused by History of Relaxing Hair?'

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Name: Ty

Question: Hi, I’m a 21 years old black male. When I was 15 I relaxed my hair for a few months. Since then, around the crown of my head has gradually began to get thinner and thinner over the years. Similarly my hair is pretty weak and doesn’t hold its shape. I could get a haircut today and tomorrow it’d look a week old. I feel as if it’s getting worse now as it’s now much easier to see my scalp and it’s not just at the crown of my head but also closer towards my forehead hairline. Any help or recommendations? Thank you

Answer: Hi, Ty. Relaxing your hair six years ago is unlikely to be the cause of any hair loss you are experiencing now.

We would need to assess you properly in order to provide you with a confirmed diagnosis, however, the pattern of hair thinning you describe is consistent with a diagnosis of Male Pattern Baldness.

This hereditary condition can start any time following puberty and causes thinning hair along the top of the scalp, anywhere from the crown to the hairline and temples. It also causes a drop in hair density and means the hairs in the affected areas become weaker and thinner. This is possibly the reason you find your hair isn't holding its shape as well any more. Continues below...

If this is the case, there are two clinically-proven treatments for Male Pattern Hair Loss that are both MHRA licensed and FDA approved. Once a man has been confirmed as suitable to use these, they can be used singularly or together, and can also be used alongside non-pharmaceutical hair growth supporting products, based on the person's individual requirements.

The best thing to do as a first step is to have a consultation with a hair specialist who can give you a confirmed diagnosis as to your condition. From there, the appropriate hair loss treatment recommendations can be made, based upon your pattern and level of shedding, as well as your medical and lifestyle needs.
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