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Old 12-07-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy Permanent Hair Loss after chemical straightening


I'm a 23, almost 24 year old woman. In 2010 I decided to get a perm, then only 4 months later got my hair chemically straightened. I loved it and was so happy to have my long, straight, thick hair back. But, gradually, a little at a time I noticed my hair falling out. Then one day in a photo I noticed that I could see my scalp through my hair. It has been 4 years and my hair has not came back. I have lost over half of my hair volume. My scalp in sensitive, especially at the crown, and hurts more some days than others. I have gone to the dermatologist and have gotten blood work done and I am perfectly healthy. The dermo's only suggestion was Rogaine. I tried that, nothing works. I've tried shampoos (Nioxin, Keranique, Ovation) and currently I am trying Viviscal hair tablet. (I'm almost done with my 3rd month) I haven't noticed a difference yet. But I need help. I am so self conscious about my hair, I think about it almost all day every day. I've had emotional break downs over it. All I do when I wear it down is run my fingers through it and obsess over how thin it is. I look at old pictures and my heart breaks. I wish I never got a stupid perm. I eat very healthy and work out at least 5 days a week also. Thank you for reading and for any helpful information.

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Old 04-27-2014, 07:39 AM   #2
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Re: Permanent Hair Loss after chemical straightening

I know how you feel I'm 68 but when I was in my early 50's my hair began to thin out all over reached a stage where I had to make a decision to let it grow and pull in back and up and secure it with a barrette .or cut it real short and use hair gel but the short version was to much i decided to let it grow even though it is very thin and it is all be the same length it makes it look thicker and I never wear it down. ever..
I look at it this way my hair loss is genetic and I can't do anything about it..I'm athletic and keep my body in shape I hike, ski ,kayaking and bike ride..I know it is hard but try not to make your hair who you are.. like you I would love to have beautiful flowing hair like I used to but it is not going to happen.
hope this helps you somewhat

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Old 07-24-2014, 08:21 AM   #3
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Re: Permanent Hair Loss after chemical straightening

Were there any warranties or guarantees? Were you made aware that this was a possible risk or side effect? If you require medical treatment, and if it can be proved that your balding is a result of this treatment, perhaps you need a lawyer.

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