Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

Spot without Hair Growth

Q: In the back of my head I have a spot where the hair doesn't grow. It grows on the sides but not in the middle. I have had this problem since I was 9 years old; now I'm 22. Is there anything I can do to make my hair grow?
A: It is possible that there is a solution to your problem, but the first thing that will have to be done is to determine what exactly the problem is. To do this, you will need to speak to your doctor or dermatologist about the spot in question and have him or her help you diagnose the cause of the lack of hair growth.
Depending on the diagnoses, you may find success in using a minoxidil or finasteride cream to grow the hair in that location. If the problem has a different medical cause, your doctor can likely prescribe something that will result in the hair growing once the underlying cause has been dealt with.
It's difficult to advise you more than referring you to your doctor without knowing more about the area in question. I do have some questions about this "spot" and precisely what the situation is with the hair there:
Is the spot completely devoid of hair? Is there the fine, soft downy hairs that you find on other parts of the upper face (such as the forehead)? Does the hair seem to grow to a certain length and stop, or is it perhaps a matter of the hair in the spot lying close to the scalp and only growing out from the scalp around the edges of the spot?
The answers to these questions can clarify the situation dramatically, and would be readily apparent on a physical examination. This is why I have to recommend that you see your physician, in addition to the fact that as a cosmetologist, I am only qualified to address issues with the hair that has emerged past the surface of the scalp.
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