I am a 38 year old African American female. My hair started to thin after a tradgedy in the family. Now I am balding quickly. My hair has taken on a totally different texture. I’ve had the blood work down for my thyroids, which was normal. I have now noticed that I have dark spots on my scalp. What else can I do?
Stress can accelerate what your genes are destined to do. If thinning is in your future (genetically) then losing hair mass with stress can be expected. Reversing such changes is difficult, but Minoxidil has been shown to help in these situations. Learning to manage stress is more important that anyone wants to admit. The impact of hormones and general stress can be seen in the way the body handles wound healing, for example. See these articles for more about stress:
No surprise that the toll we pay for stress in other situations such as heart disease, diabetic management, and certainly hair loss is important to understand. The key here is to learn stress management. For those who master stress management, life is better and the individual looks and feels healthier.