To get an understanding of why this happens (and keep myself from freaking out for no reason), I consulted the folks over at Nioxin. It turns out that there are many causes of hair loss, from genetics and diet to severe stress and changes in our environment. While it's normal to lose 50 to 100 individual strands of hair a day, or to lose hair after pregnancy, it's worth seeing a doctor if you experience the following: excessive dryness, flakiness or oiliness of the scalp, patchy spots of hair loss, or excessive facial or body hair. You may also, as was the case with my friend, notice a wider part, thinning on the side of the head, or a smaller ponytail than usual.
Even once you've diagnosed the problem, it can take a very long time for your hair to return to its fuller state -- and for some, it never will. So what's a girl to do about styling her thinning strands? Here are some great tips from Nioxin Stylist Design Team member Diane Stevens, owner of Cole Stevens salon in Washington, D.C., and celebrity stylist Anthony Morrison from TLC's "Glam Squad: 10 Years Younger. See the best ways to cut and style thinning hair now.
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