A hair question!

Hi Dr. I, What would or lack of, make hair brake off around my face? My stylist told me she normally sees braking hairs after pregnancy. I'm 54 yrs old and going through menopause. I take 1 mg prescription folic acid, but my hair is still very weak. I don't need iron and I know its not a tyroid problem. Any thing I missed? Thanks :)

So it sounds like you’ve seen your doctor for a basic evaluation of internal causes of hair falling out or breaking!  Always the right thing to do.  Still, by a long shot, the most common cause of hair breakage in women is over processing.   Think about these questions.  Are you coloring your hair? Salon or home (home solutions may be more damaging)?  Is your hair pretty gray (gray hair is weaker)?  Perms or hair straightening solutions?  Do you use heat appliances like rollers, flat irons or curling irons?  Do you swim in chlorinated pools?  Even the toughest hair won’t hold up to too many of these!  Dr. I

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