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    I m not sure what causes this but my hair is shedding like never before !anytime i touch my hair some will come out! I have this bad habit to pull out the "dead hair" from my head ..I hope i wont go bald or something ,I partly blame my work life cuz I have to travel alot and work crazy hours which is extremely stressful ,and also the fact i recently braided my hair ,(i wear it loose now).I religiously take vitamins and supplements ,drink alot of coffee (that might be another cause?)drink water and green tea ,eat nuts and cereals ,fish,(No meat ), green leaf veggies ...
    I try to stick to a healthy diet also becuz i want to lose 4 pounds ,do u ladies know what i should do about this ?Its getting scary ...the shedding seem abnormal...
    Thank u in advance for your help.

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    My hairs sheds when my scalp isn't doing well, my scalp acts up when I am under stress. People tell me its normal, several dermatologists have told me its normal but I know when it is not normal. One dermatologist even had me collest all the hair I lost in a day. She checked the ends for the white bulb and counted every strand and told me it was normal. I went back to see her 6 months later to show her I wasnt crazy when I thought something was wrong. My hair was noticably thinner and I had no choice but to cut it all off. Six times in my life I have seen my thick healthy head of hair disappear (both relaxed and natural). I have to make a concious effort to keep my scalp in check. I always use a medicated shampoo and exercise and relax as much as possible....

    A year and a half ago I had to chop everything off because I was left with mainly strings. Odly this happened shortly after a failed relationship. Last year round about this time I went through another rough period in my life and I noticed the front started to shed again. I have been nursing it ever since. The key for me is to nip it in the bud and like I said before I have to use a medicated shampoo. I have tried ACV, also tried olive oil but they didnt deliver any good results.

    Dont mean to scare you but if you think its abnormal, insist that they find what is happening.....

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    Have you started any new prescription medicine?

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    Nope and I m not on birth control pill either.

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    It may be the braids and the other factors you mentioned ( I am not a Doctor)....How long ago did you take the braids out? How long did you have the braids in?

    If it wasn't that long ago, it may just take some time for your hair to bounce back.

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    I try to stick to a healthy diet also becuz...

    stress can cause it as well

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    Seasonal shedding. That's what it sounds like to me. Since there's been sooooo many posts about this lately I decided to see what I could find. While I couldn't find a whole lot about it, here and there, various sources say that people see more shedding in October/November than any time of year.

    So, that could be all you're experiencing. As always, if your hair isn't getting obviously thinner...it's more than likely just shedding.

    Oh something else I read. Ok... I know you know that your hair growth cycle goes through three phases,

    Anagen...actively growing

    Catagen...shedding

    Telagen...rest, not actively growing

    During the Catagen phase, the bulb or the root is no longer being fed and it begins to shrink. It either falls out on its own or you can comb or brush it out very easily. Shed hair, when it falls or is yanked out doesn't hurt. But if you pull a hair out before it's ready, you'll definitely feel it.

    Anyway, when we wear our hair weeks on end in protective styles or we don't comb or manipulate our hair very much, those shed hairs may not be falling out on their own or even being manipulated enough to make them come out of the follicle.

    So what we have is a whole lot of shed hair that is ready to come out but is still sitting in the follicle on our heads. Now, if we go through seasonal cycles of shedding, just think, we have waaaaaay more hair that is ready to shed than normal. So all of a sudden, we wash our hair, or brush our hair or do something to pull all of the shed hair out at once. Now it looks like we're losing more hair than normal. But actually, it is quite normal. I hope I'm explaining this so that it makes sense.

    Ok...so what does all this mean? As usually, probably nothing to worry about at all.

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    ^^^^^ Exactly. I know when I wore braids in the past, combing my hair after taking the braids out would make me scream, but I knew it was untouched hair for 2 months. As long as I could see that my hair had gotten longer and not thinner I was kool with that.

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    oh yay...im glad I found this post...ME MYSELF AND I love when my hair goes through seasonal shedding, because during the spring my hair grows like wildfire, and plus I can try out different protective styles during the winter, its like my hair's message to me to "switch it UP"...don't worry too much about it though, as long as your scalp is not painful, if it is see a dermatologist ASAP!

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    Thank U ladies ,what should I do to make it stop though?I had this problem since septemberbut now it started getting heavier.Should I have a protein treatment ?is there something that I could do to improve the situation ?

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    Relax as much as possible, your stress could be a factor also. I would also say check your vitamins. Certain ones cause alot of shedding, I was taking too much Biotin myself. Once I cut back I noticed my hair didn't shed as much. If you don't take that check the levels in a multi-vitamin that may contain Biotin or B type.

    I agree with the seasonal shedding so if you think its more then that I suggest you get it checked out.

    Hopefully its just nature doing it thang, and everything will work it for you and your hair!

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    Thank U Chyna Black ! i am indeed taking two pills of biotin and folic acid a day ....I m going to stop takin em and see what happen...

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    be sure to make sure its shedding and not breakage as well, if youre sleeping with your hair not protected during the night this may cause some damage, how often are you mositurizing and with what cause the drier colder weather could signal you need a different conditioner/mosturizer for your hair...I actually have to use a thicker conditioner with more vitamin E during the winter months myselfso my hair feels properly mosturized and remains strong against the harsh elements during my "shedding" time

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    Regina, is your hair shedding or breaking. You know the difference right? Hair snapping midshaft is breakage. Hair coming out at the roots with the rootball attached is shedding.

    I'm assuming you're not wearing the braids we're seeing in the avatar...correct? If not,

    How long did you wear braids?

    How long has it been since you took them out?

    Is that when you first noticed the shedding?

    How are you wearing your hair these days? Protective styles, twists, flat twists, shrunken fro etc? Out styles eg. puffs, twistouts, braidouts etc?

    How often are you combing your hair? Are you combing/brushing every day, twice a week, every two weeks, once a month?

    Assuming you know that scalp sheds on average of 50 to 100 hairs per day, you can see that if you left your braids in for a really long time, you'd see a lot of shed hair. If you recently took them down, you'd see all that plus seasonal shedding which starts in the fall and can go all the way through Novemeber. Regina, if you're shedding and there's no medical or health reason for it, it's natural and there's nothing you can do to stop it. If you're noticing thinning then you're shedding faster than your scalp is producing new hair and THAT is a problem that you need to go see a doctor about.

    I say monitor it. If you see thinning, you know what you need to do. Otherwise, stop stressing about it! Easier said than done...I know.

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