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What Causes Hair Loss

Can Chemically Straightening Your Hair Cause Hair Loss?

Question:

Recently I've noticed that my front hairline was thinning a bit and I believe it's possibly due to using hair relaxers or straightening my hair with a hair straightener.

I wanted to know if using minoxidil would help regrow hair in this section. I'm young, healthy and honestly have always had a thick head full of hair. I don't believe I was destined to lose hair just yet as my father has a head full of hair still in his 50s. Am I being nave to think that these hair follicles are not completely damaged by the hair relaxer? Or is there a way for me to tell whether this was meant to happen and I am supposed to be balding in my 20s?

Answer:

Overuse of harsh chemicals can certainly damage follicles and cause hair loss. This loss can be temporary or permanent if scarring occurs. However, in the vast majority of male cases, hair loss is, in fact, genetic.

There is no way to tell if Rogaine (minoxidil) will work for you but, in generic form, it’s quite inexpensive and worth a try. I recommend applying it twice daily for at least 6 months.

I also suggest that you visit a dermatologist or hair restoration physician. They will likely be able to tell you if you’re experiencing genetic hair loss.