I used to have nightmares about this
August 17, 2012 6:56 AM Subscribe
Assuming I'm not crazy, how do I stop my hair from thinning?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (17 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Yay! Embarrassing health/hygiene/beauty question time!
I've put off thinking about this until I would have time to do something about it, but over the past year I've been noticing something really disturbing. My hair has gotten increasingly tangly, and just doesn't seem to be filling out anymore. The last time I got a trim, I didn't have enough thickness for full bangs, so I've been parting my hair to make side bangs. I told myself that, y'know, it'll all grow back; my previous haircut had been really short, and it just hadn't come back enough yet. But that was months ago and it hasn't thickened at all; it's just gotten longer. This is freaking me out. I'm a 27 year old female. I should not be getting thin, brittle old lady hair yet, should I?
A few other factors:
I've been incredibly stressed and often depressed this year. I'm sure that's contributed, but I'd be shocked if it were the sole cause.
I live in a very hot, very dry, very windy region. I'd thought the tangling was mostly due to this, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is the major factor.
I shampoo and condition my hair more or less daily. It gets a bit too unmanageable if I don't.
I do frequently (not every day) use a flat iron. While I'm sure this contributes to my hair's poor health, it's necessary to keep my hair from sticking out in every direction.
What can I do? What kind of hair products should I use? What should I eat? How do I not freak out? I miss my thick, shaggy mane.