extremely thin hair for a teenage girl

by Marie
(Fly, Denmark)



Hello, I'm a 17 year old girl and I've always had very long fine straight thin hair. Recently my hair has been getting thinner and thinner. I cut it because it was just too thin to be long.

The growth of my hair has not changed. It always grown very fast and still does but the hair that grows out is very thin as well. By now my hair is so thin you can see my scalp very clearly on top and its getting worse very fast. Its not falling out, just getting thinner and less. My whole family has very very thick curly hair, and never experienced their hair getting thinner.

Forgive my horrible explanation and poor English but I am really worried and I need to know what is happening. Thanks in advance. Marie

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First, let me say how sorry I am that this is happening to you. At that age especially, hair is so important!

There are a few things that influence your hair. Your diet is very important. Be sure to eat a balanced diet You may also need to take vitamins to ensure your hair problems don't get worse.

High stress (from the demands of high school) can also influence hair health. Peer pressure is also another stressful factor.

If you're not taking them, you may want to consider some form of hormone replacement, like birth control pills. (With your parents permission of course.) At your age, they can have a positive effect on these kind of issues. Many women use them for example, to help regulate their periods. In other words, just because you're taking them, doesn't mean you're being promiscuous.

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