I am a 23 year old female. No hair loss runs in the family. I have naturally curly hair, fine textured but had a nice amount of it. I noticed my hair starting to fall out when I was around 20. A lot fell out in the shower and when I combed my hair. I feel like it has thinned all over my head but especially the hair to the top (bangs area) and side of my forehead. I've always had little baby hairs on the side of my head just beyond my forehead but so much has fallen out you can see my scalp. When I run my fingers through my hair, strands come out by the root. I have healthy hair otherwise, no split ends and it's manageable. At first I thought I lost it due to the stress of college. But I have been done with college for almost 2 years and it continues to fall out pretty steadily.
My nails are as hard as a rock. They grow fast and so many people ask me if they are fake because they look so nice and the tips are naturally white. So I don't feel like it's a thyroid issue that is making my hair fall out but I don't know, I am not a doctor. I'm trying to figure out why I am losing so much hair on my head. I have some hair on my forearms and that hasnt seemed to fall out at all. I have always been muscular, I am built like a gymnast. So I don't think irregular testosterone levels are an issue? I went to a dermatologist a couple of years ago and he had no answers for me because unfortunately I don't think he knew much about hair loss. Blood tests were 'normal,' whatever that means. Since it's been almost 4 years should I get another set of blood tests done. What kind of things should I request be tested? Can anyone out there point me in the right direction for a cause of this hair loss? Does anyone have any dermatologist hairloss specialists in Chicago or surrounding suburbs that they can recommend. I am getting ready to resort to buzzing my shoulder length hair and wearing a wig. Hair transplants are not an option because my hair is thinning all over and I wouldn't have the funding for it. I just want to find out why I am losing hair and whether I can do something for it to grow back. I have seen lists of things lab should test blood for for hair loss but can't seem to find where I saw them online. If people could direct me to a site that has that too that would be wonderful.