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    Posted: Nov 16 2008 at 12:58pm
okay girls
 
I have noticed that a lot of my clients are going thining by the age of 35.  These relaxers are so harsh on our scalp what are we going to do?  I think the companies are seeing that we are just concerned with the texture of our hair than the condition of our scalp and it is killing our follicles slowly. 
 
These relaxers are just too strong!!!
 
I have thin hair but my curl pattern is tight.  last year i tried affirm for the first time and my hair fell out and has been paper thin on the sides ever since. Currently i am using mizani butter blend medium and I hate when i get a relaxer because my hair is so thin you can see what i am thinking.
 
 
Maybe i should swith to mizani sensitive scalp.  It may be sodium hydroxide that doing it
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 16 2008 at 4:07pm
why not take a relaxer break and allow your sides to grow back in?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 17 2008 at 11:17am
^^ I agree, also, thinning could be happening due to how you take care of your relaxed hair.  You may need some protien, try the aphogee Line it's great on my hair and I have affirm regular now, switched from Hawiian Silky last week.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 17 2008 at 8:22pm

It could be the relaxers, but it could also be that nature is taking its course.  Another reason for thinning could be that you are leaving the relaxer in longer than what is necessary for your hair, and it is breaking down the cuticle of your hair more than it should.  The edges of a person's head is the most delicate hair.  I have sensitive edges and I apply the relaxer to my edges LAST in order to avoid overprocessing. 

Are you wearing ponytails?  Do you apply gel to your edges often?  All of these things could also be contributing factors to the thinning.  When in doubt, space out the times that you are doing your re-touches and be sure to start a regimen with something like Nioxin (they have a line specifically for chemically treated hair) and see if that helps. 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 17 2008 at 11:39pm
i put the relaxer on my edges last but i also see thinning at the crown. when hair grows it looks thick but when i relax i can see straight through.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 19 2008 at 10:11am
same. people say my hair is thick when i go months without a relaxer but when my hair is finally straightened (and left on for too long), it's obvious i have thin to medium hair. but if you can see straight through you might be relaxing your hair for too long. hair should only be relaxed to release ~80% of the curl pattern. go over that and the hair becomes more damaged and bone straight. try cutting back the time you leave the relaxer on your hair and see if it helps with your hair looking thin and your edges. if you do have thin hair try only putting the relaxer on for 10-15 minutes.

and definitely take a break from touch ups for a couple of months in order for you edges to fill again.

i know i know, tl;dr
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 20 2008 at 9:45pm
IA ^, maybe u should give your hair a break
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 28 2008 at 10:44am
I used to use Affirm on my clients and I noticed that their hair would shed. Everyone raves on Affirm but I like Nu Expressions better. Their relaxer has conditioner in it and I tell you from personal experience that is the only relaxer I used that actually straightened my hair and it made it grow!. I am considering putting a relaxer in my head because my hair is so coarse I barely can get  comb through it!

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