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5 Things You Should Do If You Notice A Bald Spot

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A bald spot is a sign of hair loss or alopecia. If untreated or ignored chances of regrowth are drastically decreased. Here are 5 Things You Should Do If You Notice A Bald Spot.

 A variety of factors can contribute to alopecia from diet, hormonal changes, age, stress, and the list goes on. In most cases, alopecia is completely preventable and treatable but should be diagnosed at the first sign by a professional. A bald patch the size of a dime can easily grow to the size of a quarter and larger in a period months or even years. Once you notice a bald spot:

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Schedule an appointment with a professional

First, it is important to visit a hair care professional and in some cases a dermatologist to diagnose these issues. If you notice hair loss (bald spots or thinning edges), see a dermatologist sooner than later. A good hair professional will be able to distinguish between traction or traumatic alopecia that is cause by over-manipulation or other more serious types of alopecia that require a dermatologist.

Assess your hair routine

There are many cause of breakage or trauma alopecia. But most causes of hair breakage are self-inflicted by improper detangling or other hair breaking practices. And if you don’t determine the cause you will continue to see more and more hair loss.

Implement a Healthy Hair Care Regimen

Regardless of what you’ve read or seen online all hair care professionals agree, a healthy hair regimen consist of shampooing and conditioning frequently and moisturizing as needed. Shampooing with a sulfate-free shampoo at least every two weeks remove dirt and product residue this create optimal conditions for hair growth.  Using protein deep conditioner can help to rebuild hair.

Limit Use of Direct Heat

If you are experiencing alopecia, your hair is in a very fragile state. Using direct heat can worsen the problem; limit or forego flat irons and blow dryers use.

 Wear Your Hair in Low Manipulation or Protective Styles

As previously mentioned the most common types of alopecia are a result of over-manipulation. Wear hairstyles that reduce the need of daily manipulation such as protective styles. I’m currently protective styling with Marley Twist.

After given the all clear that your hair loss is unscarred, you may begin to treat with castor oil or other natural remedies but only under the advisement of your hair care professional.

 

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  1. I just notice a bald spot in my hair I was so upset that I started crying I couldn’t understand why this was happening to me. I know it’s not genetic and I know is not stress. I honestly don’t know why this is happening to me I’m 27 years old and this had never happen to me before. I would like to know what is causing this and if my hair will grow back

    • fruitbowlk says:

      It might grow back it might not. I have one and mine will never grow back. Go check with your doctor for blood work and Go check with a dermatologist before you work yourself into a frizzy. It’s not the end of the world.

    • Rachel,

      The best way to diagnosis the cause and get treatment is to make an appointment with your dermatologist.

  2. Duyania says:

    I do wear my hair in weaves often but my braids are never that tight to me but now I have random bald spots throughout my head. I made an appointment with a dermatologist but it’s not for another 2 months. Should I continue to braid my hair until then? I have no idea what else to do to my hair besides braids

  3. Hello, I noticed a small bald patch a few weeks ago and didn’t think much of it. This week the spot seemed a bit larger (dime sized). My hair is very thick, so my eyes were quickly drawn to this spacey area near my hairline. I saw a dermatologist today, that took a quick glance and said oh you have alopecia areata. She offered a scalp injection, I passed. She provided a steroid cream that I haven’t used yet. She seemed very carefree about it, stating the hair may or may not grow back and that more spots may/may not occur. My mom passed recently, so I’m guessing it’s stress but the dr has made me extremely nervous. She suggested I see my primary to rule out autoimmune diseases like thyroid, etc. I was planning on braids for the summer, but now I’m nervous to do a protective style and want to avoid the flat irons. Any suggestions? I know this was a lengthy read, but I’m freaking out. Does regular castor oil help or does it have to be Jamaican Black? If this is stress, losing hair definitely does not ease it any. O_o

    • CJ, I’m sorry to hear about your hair loss and your experience with the dermatologist. Sounds like that is not the right dermatologist for you. But if left untreated the small bald patch can grow to a nickel size and then a quarter size and maybe bigger until you now have alopecia totalis. Not to scare you but a scalp injection may sound scary but its best to act before its too late. Steroid injections treat the inflammation under the scalp to encourage hair growth and in most cases are successful. You may need more than one treatment. But you will want to at least keep the spot from growing and the treatment will do that.

      It doesn’t matter what type of castor oil you use but don’t total count out steroid treatment.

  4. fruitbowlk says:

    I have a bald spot this is my second one in two years. I think it might be due to stress but my sister also get bald spots so it might be genetics. I’m so embarrassed I haven’t share this with anyone.

  5. I’ve been diagnosed with non scarring alopecia….I was told my hair would grow back…ive had shots which were painful and began to see results…..I stopped getting the shots and my hair fell right back out and the bald spot is bigger….my hair covers my bald spot but im not sure for how long…this is horrible

  6. How do I use the Jamacian Black Castor Oil??

  7. Where can I find Jamacian Black Castor Oil?

  8. I’ve been suffering from hair loss for quite some time. I’ve seen several dermatologists and they’ve not been able to determine or rectify the cause of it or get it to fill in. It’s become very uncomfortable and frustrating to deal with. I’ve tried so many different regimens I wish that I could find one hair care specialist that will work their magic and get to the root of the problem.

    • It sounds like you need a scalp biopsy, if you have not already had one. This helps dermatologists to determine the specific type of hair loss (there are over 10 different types) and determine the appropriate treatment. There are dermatologists who specialize in scalp disorders and ethnic hair, like myself. If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at http://www.YolandaLenzyMD.com

  9. im 14 and i lived with a ballspot the size of a quater n the back of my head my whole life it just makes me not self confident about my self could you please help me figure out a way to regrow it

    • If you haven’t seen a dermatologist that specializes in hair loss do that first. They should be able to inform you on what the cause is and how to treat the problem. If you wanted to try something that many people do and use, I would buy Jamaican Black Castor Oil. It’s a thick oil so I would mix it with coconut oil and massage that into your affected area. Do that a few times a week for a few months and see if you see any results. I believe the JCBO helps eliminate any bacteria on the scalp, giving the hair an opportunity to grow. I don’t know much but I hope by reading blogs and going to a doctor you can find the information that you need. Good luck to you!

  10. Yvonne Rollins says:

    Can anything be done about traction alopecia for regrowth.

    • Try massaging your edges with castor oil.

    • Steroid injections by a dermatologist with expertise in treating scalp disorders, like myself, is one of the most effective treatments for traction alopecia. Once there is regrowth, I often add in topical minoxidil. The most important determinant of whether there will be regrowth is how early in the process treatment is started. Traction Alopecia causes permanent, scarring hair loss over time and regrowth is not possible once the follicles are destroyed by scar tissue. This is why it is so important to find the right professional sooner vs later. Time is hair! Hope that helps. If you would like to contact me can be reached in my website at http://www.YolandaLenzyMD.com

  11. My bald spot is due to genetics. I have male pattern baldness meaning that I have a bald spot in my crown and my temples have started to thin. The back of my hair is just as super thick as ever. Dermatologists have said that there is nothing that can be done. We’ve tried biotin, castor oil, men’s Rogaine, and vitamin E. I have another appointment in a couple of weeks; the derm had to do some research to see if I could take Propecia (I’m past childbearing). But I know that my head is going to eventually look like all of the women in my family – totally slick on top.

    • Sorry to hear that. Be encourage. You are beautiful!

    • I had a hereditary problem with hair loss on the top side of my scalp. I went to a dermatologist by the name of Dr. Milton Moore who gave me steroid shots. And my hair grew! He also has a line of hair and skin products that I believe can be ordered online. I was in high school when I met with him and I still watch and keep and eye out on that part of my hair. I use castor oil and ORS hair products to help with the growth. I’m not sure if this will help you but with my experience most dermatologists are totally clueless. Good luck to you!

  12. Chenell says:

    actually, alopecia has nothing to do with the method in which you style your hair. It’s hereditary or due to stress and you will have to get steroid injections in order for the hair to regrow.

    • Yes, alopecia is caused by genetics and stress but also styling methods. This form of alopecia as mentioned is called traction alopecia and traumatic alopecia according to Dermatologist, Dr. Susan Taylor.

      • Im sixteen an have some blald spots bigger then quarters…I DONT DO ANYTHING TO MY HAIR AN ITS DOING THIS!?!?!? its been really thin for almost a year but just a few weeks ago got really bad!!! OHHH please please please tell me theres a cure for me.

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