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F1Hair emergency? SBH has your back! Check out our coif question of the week. In every issue, SBH Hair Advice columnist Jacqueline Tarrant answers your questions and helps solve some of your biggest hair concerns. Have a question you need answered? Post in the comment section below or in the “Ask A Stylist” section of our website: SBH ASK A STYLIST.

My hair has become naturally straight after years of getting it pressed and flat-ironed weekly by my hairstylist. I’ve also noticed that my edges are broken off badly. Alopecia runs in my family. Does the current condition off my hair indicate that I, too, have alopecia? I’d like to change my hairstyle to a naturally curly look. Any suggestions how I can do that?

It is possible that after years of high temperatures your has become naturally straight because the proteins within your hair has shifted into a straight position. That being said, it will be difficult to get the hair to reverse itself back to a curly texture.

Regarding your edges and your concern about alopecia, genetic predisposition is the most common cause of thinning and balding patterns, but let’s not jump to conclusions. See a professional and get the facts about your current hair condition. Reducing excessive heat, a change in styling practices and nurturing treatments could be enough to improve the state of your hairline.



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