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I have been getting my hair professionally highlighted for the past 10+ years. She does NOT color or bleach the hair. Within the last 6mo. my hairdresser recently noticed that my hair was breaking when it came in contact with the highlighting solution and that when she washed it I was having further hair loss (more then average). I have not noticed any lifestyle changes that could be contributing to this issue. What could be causing this hair loss? What can I do differently, so that I can continue to get my hair highlighted without losing an abnormal amount of hair?

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The main cause of hair breakage is due to over-processing with chemicals, heat, etc. Because your hair broke off when it came into contact with solution, this would be the most probable cause--whether this is the same solution you've been using for the past ten years or not. You did not mention what type of solution she is using to highlight your hair (just that it is NOT bleach or dye?) so I can't comment on that.
If you are experiencing actual hair loss in addition to breakage, there may be something else going on. Other causes of hair breakage include fungal infection of scalp and/or hair, thyroid disorder, medications, autoimmune disorders, severe nutritional deficiency, etc. These conditions can cause hair to become dry, brittle and fragile, making them more prone to breakage. Dry, brittle, fragile hair due to these conditions will not be able to withstand chemical treatments.
Feel free to reply back with more information such as if you are also experiencing hair loss from roots, etc.
Sincerely, Melanie Vonzabuesnig
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Melanie Vonzabuesnig

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Female hair loss is my main focus. Women today are very susceptible to several types of hair loss including telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, and androgenetic alopecia. I can answer questions about the causes and types of female hair loss. I can share information about natural holistic remedies to improve female hair loss conditions.

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My interest in female hair loss sprung from my own experience with extensive hair loss. Determined to grow my hair back, I diligently studied every piece of information I could find on the biology of hair growth. After successfully re-growing my hair with safe and effective natural products, I felt compelled to learn more and to share this information with other women. I am experienced in blending custom hair loss formulas. I am also experienced in writing about female hair loss issues.

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My hair loss information has been included in The Truth about Womens Hair Loss by Spencer Kobren, Naturally Healthy Skin by Stephanie Tourles, Alternative Healing by Bill Gottleib and Natural Health Magazine. I am the author of several books on hair loss.

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I am a certified aromatherapist specializing in formulas for scalp and hair conditions.

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