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A Colorado child’s act of compassion got her kicked out of school. But she was allowed back in Tuesday after stories about her dismissal appeared around the country.

Kamryn Renfro, a 9-year-old whose dear friend is battling a rare childhood cancer, wanted to show support by shaving her own head to match her pal’s bald pate.

Renfro’s parents gave their approval and the young girl headed proudly to school Monday to show her classmates what she’d done. But once there, she was told she was in violation of the Caprock Academy dress code and that she would not be allowed in class.

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Read the rest — Colo. girl banned from school after shaving head to support cancer-suffering pal allowed back in class

Wow, so this 9 year old girl tried to support her friend and the adults at her public charter school miss the point completely by enforcing their dress code that prevents a shaved head to be seen in school. Amazingly disappointing.

Tags: cancer, support, child


My 2 year old daughter hair is very very thin and will not grow it has been the same length for a year. I am very concerned for her hair what should I do? Is this a medical problem or is there something I can do to make it thicker?

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If you are correct, you need to start with her pediatrician. I can not make any suggestions without appropriate testing.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, child hair loss, pediatrician


Hello, I am an African American teen and I was wondering if there is anything I could do to change my hair texture. Right now I have really coily hair. Type 4: Kinky. When you comb out the curls my hair is pretty rough and dry. I was wondering if a hair transplant of some kind would be able to change the texture to something more like Type 3A or 3B?

Thank you for your time.

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No, a hair transplant should not change the texture of your hair. Sometimes as you get older, the character of your hair may change; it could become thinner, but it is not something I would count on.

You could also use chemical treatment to straighten your hair, but you should be very careful not to damage your hair or scalp this way. If you decide to go this route, find an experienced professional that can straighten the hair.

Tags: hair transplant, hair texture


At the age of twelve my barber first noticed that I was starting to get small bald spots and that I should see a doctor about it being Alopecia. I went to a dermatologist and they confirmed it was Alopecia.

The spots progressively got bigger and not one treatment had any effect. My hair was tolerable through Junior High School because the spots were hardly noticeable, but my Sophomore year in high school I suddenly went completely bald. I have worn a hat everyday of my life for the last two to two and a half years and simply cannot get over it.

I am afraid that I am missing out on all the perks of a normal childhood. I am now a senior in high school and I have absolutely no signs of anything changing. Any input on a solution, even though that seems completely out of the question considering what I’ve tried, please feel free to respond. Thank You.

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The term “alopecia” just means hair loss, so if you went completely bald, I am going to assume your doctor diagnosed you with alopecia totalis (total scalp hair loss) or alopecia universalis (total scalp and body hair loss). I wish I had better news to give you, but unfortunately the treatments available for these types of alopecias are extremely limited — essentially just wigs and Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP). You can learn more about treatments at the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

We’ve performed SMP on alopecia totalis patients in the past, with one such example found here.

Tags: alopecia, alopecia totalis, smp, pigment, hairloss, hair loss


My 2 1/2 year old son had his hair pulled out by a toy. He has now turned 3 and his hair has not grown back. The scalp appears to have extremely fine hair that is growing and a maybe five strains of normal hair. Does this mean his follicles are damaged and the hair will never return?

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I do not know. Your son may have had a traumatic traction hair loss and it may never return, but you really cannot tell if the hairs will grow back until one full year has passed. Give it a bit more time to regrow.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, child


Hey I’m sixteen years old (male) and I have extremely abnormally thin hair. My hairline is normal with no receding at all. The top is thin enough where I can see my scalp. The only way to describe it is that it looks more or less like skinny strips of no hair. That is not terrible but on the back of my head, it is as if I am balding because I have a gigantic strip of scalp going horizontally on my crown. I’ve been like this for about 8-9 years and I haven’t noticed any hairloss in that time because my hair has stayed the same. I had normal hair when I was a child though. My dermatologist prescribed olux-e, but it doesn’t do anything. Any help please?

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Very fine-haired individuals always have a see-through look and the scalp can be easily visualized, especially under certain lighting. That is not a disease, it is just the way you were born.

If you think that this is not normal, see a good doctor who will judge what you have and make a diagnosis if there is something wrong with you. Perhaps the dermatologist you saw didn’t fully understand the issue you were having, as I don’t know why you were prescribed Olux-E unless you had psoriasis or some other skin condition.

Tags: thin hair, hair character, hairloss, hair loss


I’m 17 and I’ve noticed that the hair on the top of my head has been thinning and falling out alot in the past two years. I strongly think that the problem was caused when I bleached my hair unprofessionally two years ago. After I bleached it and washed it off, I felt irritation and burning sensations on the scalp for about half an hour to an hour or so. What has happened to me and what can I do to prevent my hair loss? Also what products can I use to help?

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Maybe the bleaching was coincidental to the natural genetic male pattern balding. Do you have a pattern to the thinning? In general, bleaching your hair doesn’t cause hair loss. If it did cause your hair loss, I wouldn’t expect it to reverse now that it has been 2 years since the insult happened. I don’t know of any products that will regrow hair that fell out from chemical damage.

I also can’t advise you without seeing you, or at least a set of good pictures.

Tags: bleach, chemical burn, chemical damage, hairloss, hair loss


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A Salt Lake City woman is preparing for the next round of a beauty pageant, after winning a crown in a competition last weekend. The catch, she has no hair.

19-year-old Angelica Galindez was diagnosed with a condition called Alopecia, when she was 12. “The hard part was just looking at myself in the mirror,” says Angelica, who is now completely bald.

Alopecia is a type of hair loss that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles. Angelica lost nearly all her hair by the time she was in high school. “It was very challenging, I cried a lot, I slept a lot, just to sleep away the pain,” says Angelica.

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Read the rest (and see the video) — Bald SLC Woman Crowned Beauty Queen

This young lady proves that beauty shows through even without hair. I applaud her for her courage.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, alopecia, beauty queen, pageant


I started losing my hair when I was only 13 years old and now at 21, I’m a very diffused NW 6/7. My permanent zone is also not as thick what it was used to be. My father and grandfather both have good density in their permanent zone but they both started losing their hair after mid twenties.

Does permanent zone of young MPB sufferer thin out too?

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You need to see a doctor and get a good diagnosis of your hair loss and its cause. You may have diffuse thinning (including your donor area) or you may just be a Norwood 6/7 with fine hair. I do not know this. Permanent zones do not undergo thinning with typical male pattern baldness.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss


I am 16 years old and I started to lose hair a year ago. I know its quite unusual to lose hair so young, but my father also started to lose at this age, so I know it is genetic (lucky me). I went to a dermatologist and he gave me a shampoo, a couple of vitamins and minoxidil. And I have been using it since then, but the hairs keeps falling and I have lost a lot since then. I have asked him for propecia, but he says I am too young for it.

I dont know what to do. Is there any other alternative for me? And also what would be the so severe problems that I would have if I took Propecia?

Thank you

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Assuming that you are fully grown, the drug Propecia can be used and I would prescribe it; however, there is more here that I would want to know —

  1. How bald did your father get by 20, 25, and 30 years old?
  2. How bald is he now?
  3. How do your parents feel about your desire to go on Propecia?

You may wish to get a second opinion. If you are still undergoing puberty, Propecia is not advisable.

Tags: propecia, finasteride, hairloss, hair loss, teenager


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