What causes thin, slow-growing hair?
August 16, 2011 1:09 PM Subscribe
Is there a medical condition that could be causing extremely slow growth and thinning of the hair?
posted by Spamfactor to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a male and over the past few years I've noticed some unusual things about my hair. Firstly, it is very thin and has been noticeably thin since I was 17 (I'm 20 now). When a hairdresser first mentioned it was unusually thin (especially for someone my age) I thought perhaps it was just very early developing male pattern baldness, which would be quite unusual in itself considering I have no family history of baldness at such an early age. But since then my hair hasn't been steadily getting thinner, rather I go through fluctuations of varying degrees of thickness. Right now my hair is probably thicker than it was 3 years ago, but still very thin for someone my age.
Also, I've noticed my hair seems to grow extremely slowly. I might get my hair cut 2 or 3 times a year and it will never even reach my shoulders. I can barely remember the last time I had my hair cut, as it was many months ago, but there hasn't been much growth at all in that time.
Is there any common medical conditions that might be causing my hair to grow very slowly and go through periods of thinning? As far as I'm aware I have a balanced and healthy diet.