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Doctor insights on: I Cut My Hair And It Won't Grow Back

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I have a cut on head. Will hair grow back?

I have a cut on head. Will hair grow back?

Probably: Superficial cuts on the scalp should not damage any of the hair follicles which would cause the hair to stop growing. If the cut is deep to the second layer of skin (dermis), it is possible that the hair follicle is damaged and will not generate hair growth. ...Read more

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I cut a part of the skin on my head due to which I lost hair in that part. Will any hair grow back in that area?

I cut a part of the skin on my head due to which I lost hair in that part. Will any hair grow back in that area?

Not on scars: Hi. Was the area shaved for stitches? Hair follicles don't grow out of scar tissue, but if the scar is narrow, and the surrounding skin is making hair normally, when it grows back, the scar may be barely noticeable. Your "topic tags" mention baldness and alopecia...those don't grow back normally! Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a 14 yr old take biotin pills 300 mcg? She really wants to take it because she recently cut her hair and wants it to grow back. Is it ok for her to take it?

Can a 14 yr old take biotin pills 300 mcg? She really wants to take it because she recently cut her hair and wants it to grow back. Is it ok for her to take it?

Hair growth: Hair growth is based on genes and your health. Normal good nutrition is sufficient, and you can not change the speed of regrowth. ...Read more

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Will hair grow back on the scar of a cut on the scalp?

Will hair grow back on the scar of a cut on the scalp?

Usually not: Scars occur between the follicles and can be of varying widths. If the scar is quite wide, sometimes it makes sense to cut out the scar and bring the scalp together to narrow the new scar so that the gap between the hairs is not as great. Unfortunately, if the scalp is pulled too tightly, tension can kill the hair follicles at the edge of the incision and result in a wide hairless area again. ...Read more

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Last time I cut a single long hair growing from my regularly looking mole (pencil eraser-size) it didn't grow back unlike previous times. Is this bad?

Last time I cut a single long hair growing from my regularly looking mole (pencil eraser-size) it didn't grow back unlike previous times. Is this bad?

No: Do not worry about the hair.
If the mole doubles in size, becomes irregular in size, shape or color, bleeds, ulcerates or develops a nodule, see a doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Got a braid/sewin in two years go and my hair fallout completely bald in one spot what should I do? It won't grow back.

Got a braid/sewin in two years go and my hair fallout completely bald in one spot what should I do? It won't grow back.

Get checked: Alopecia and bald spots can sometimes be due to the tension/braid. Sometimes physicians will check for infections or other causes. Perhaps your doctor can evaluate you for this and possibly prescribe minoxidil. Good luck ...Read more

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When hair falls out with little bulbs (follicles?) at the end does it mean the hair on that spot won't grow back anymore?

YES: Loss of the follicle means loss of that hair.....more hair, however will (in most cases) grow back (unless a part of male pattern baldness or alopecia (hair loosing diseases) ...Read more

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If I get hair loss as a side effect of taking Lithium, will my hair grow back if I stop taking it? I won't stop it without pdoc's permission of course

See a dermatologist: First you need to make an attempt to define the condition. Hair loss is not likely because of Lithium. There is probably another cause. How much hair loss? Where? How long? The longer you take Lithium the more likely you will have low thyroid which may result in hair loss but is easy to treat. You can begin to understand the condition only after you see an expert. ...Read more

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Why won't my hair grow back after radiation treatment? I had a brain tumor 15 years ago, with intense radiation following chemo. My hair has not grown back since. I'm very self conscious about it and really want it to grow back. Luckily, my hair grows ove

Why won't my hair grow back after radiation treatment? I had a brain tumor 15 years ago, with intense radiation following chemo. My hair has not grown back since. I'm very self conscious about it and really want it to grow back. Luckily, my hair grows ove

I: I am sorry to hear that you have permanent hair loss. This can occur after radiation therapy for brain tumors, although it is much more unusual today than it was 15 years ago due to better technology that focuses the radiation where it needs to go in the brain and avoids the scalp.

Most non-surgical hair growth treatments like rogaine (minoxidil) or low-level light therapy do not work well in this situation because the number of hair follicles in the area of hair loss is decreased.

There are some institutions and doctors that have performed surgical procedures to reverse the hair loss. If the skin is not scarred and is otherwise healthy, there has been some success with hair transplants like the ones men can get for male pattern baldness. If the skin is more significantly changed by the radiation or there is notable scaring, these types of procedures to transplant hair follicles are unlikely to work and more extensive reconstructive surgery using a tissue expander where they put a balloon under the skin and stretch out the normal skin nearby and then move the new skin over the bald patch has been tried.

It's a lot to go through for a cosmetic problem and insurance probably won't pay for it. The risks of a healing problem after the surgery might also be a bit higher from the prior radiation.

If you are really interested in pursuing this further, i'd try to find a plastic surgeon in your area with experience caring for burn patients as similar reconstructive techniques are used. ...Read more

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I recently cut my hair and it's shorter than the lady was supposed to cut it. Another lady said Biotin will cause my hair to grow longer. How long will that take? School is starting in about a month and I don't want to go back with the short hair

I recently cut my hair and it's shorter than the lady was supposed to cut it. Another lady said Biotin will cause my hair to grow longer. How long will that take? School is starting in about a month and I don't want to go back with the short hair

Worried about hair?: School is one of the most important aspects of a person's life. Her hair... well, that cannot be a big deal. That does not mean hair is not a big deal; it means hair length CANNOT be a big deal. It is mind over body. Hair length only becomes a big deal if one's brain fails to ignore all worries related to length. Biotin will make no difference. A student's hair can grow fine with no supplements. ...Read more

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How can I get my hair on mt templet to grow back?

How can I get my hair on mt templet to grow back?

Hair loss.: Hair loss at the temples in females can be due to several things--most common can be stress or tension on the terminal hair. Make sure you are not using extensions or braids in these areas which could be the cause. If left untreated, it can lead to scarring. You should see a dermatologist! ...Read more

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I lost a lot of hair from dying it. Will it grow back?

I lost a lot of hair from dying it. Will it grow back?

Most likely yes: Hair loss from dyes and bleaches usually does come back, unless you really damaged your scalp. ...Read more

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I pluck out my own hair on chin. Will it grow back thicker?

I pluck out my own hair on chin. Will it grow back thicker?

No: Repeated plucking will eventually thin hair. If it bothers you and hairs are dark laser is long term to permanent option. ...Read more

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When you wax does it make it so that not all hairs grow back?

When you wax does it make it so that not all hairs grow back?

Not Permanent: Waxing often will remove the hair at the level of the hair root. This will prevent hair from re-growing in that area for around 4 weeks, making it more effective than many other types of hair removal. You may notice some hair regrowth after 1-2 weeks due to different hairs being in different growth cycles. ...Read more

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Does shaving cause hair to grow back thicker and more quickly?

Does shaving cause hair to grow back thicker and more quickly?

No: Shaving hairs anywhere on the body is ok (as along as one does not create a skin rash by shaving too closely or getting too many ingrown hairs). Since the portion of the hair that is outside of the hair follicle is not alive, one's body does not know the hair has been cut (so cutting hair does not affect anything inside the body). The cut ends feel stiffer and sharper until they wear down again. ...Read more

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My hair that fell out is trying to grow back. How can I help it?

eat healthy: Eat a heathly diet with plenty or fruit vegetables and lean protein and a vitamin call biotin is good for the hair and nails and is available over the counter. ...Read more

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If you pull out your hair, will it grow back? If so how long will it take?

You may ruin it: Usually it grows back eventually, but some folks pull it compulsively and this can end up spoiling the look of your scalp for life. If you're asking because you're a compulsive hair-puller (i suspect this is largely genetic though some psychiatrists can treat it), a great strategy for a man is to buzz his hair with clippers daily "like the other super-tough guys". ...Read more