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Receding Hairline

Published: October 29, 2002
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I'm 18 years old and since about 12, 14 I've had a receding hair line. The thing is is it's embaracing because I always have to comb all my hair forward to hide it. MY question is is there anything I can do naturally to grow my hair back without suppliments or a bogas offer. Thanks.
Signed: Receding Hairline

Dear Receding Hairline,

 

There are a few things you can do to slow down hair loss but there is no way to stop hair loss. However, TeenHealthFX is concerned that there may be something causing your hair loss other than a genetic predisposition. TeenHealthFX recommends that you talk to your doctor about your hair loss. He/She will be able to tell you if there is a reason to be concerned and how to address the problem.

In the meantime, it may help to take out the family photo album and check out the pictures. If you see a pattern of balding men around your age then you may have a clue. Hereditary balding or thinning is the most common cause of hair loss. The tendency can be inherited from either the mother's or father's side of the family. Women can also inherit this trait but rarely become completely bald. The condition is called androgenetic alopecia and it can start in the teens, twenties, or thirties. There is no cure but there is a treatment that may help.

 

Shampooing, combing and brushing too often can also damage hair, causing it to break. Using a cream rinse or conditioner after shampooing will make it easier to comb. When hair is wet it is more fragile, so rough rubbing with a towel should be avoided. Ignore the old rule of 100 brush strokes a night; it damages hair. Use wide toothed combs and brushes with smooth tips.

 

Many people who are lose their hair are happy with their appearance and do not seek treatment. Those who do seek treatment may be treated with the topical drug that works for one out of ten people. Wigs and implants are other ways to treat baldness.

 

Again, TeenHealthFX thinks it would be a good idea to consult a dermatologist about your hair loss. A dermatologist can examine your hair loss and can recommend a course of treatment.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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