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2 Year Old Still Has No Hair

my daughter turned 2 in april and she still doesn't have any hair to speak of. she does have some, but it's very fine and light. it has been coming in extremely slowly. most people tell me that it's not something to worry about, that at around 2 years or soon after it will start coming in more. is it true that i don't need to be concerned?i was also wondering if anyone knows natural ways to stimulate hair growth for a toddler. i've heard massaging her scalp with coconut oil can help. anyone have any other suggestions? thanks!

R.

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My SIL had no hair until she was almost 4 years old...and I mean NONE. She now has a FULL head of hair.

Using a soft bristled brush can help stimulate hair growth, but you probably have nothing to worry about.

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Same here...My daughter's hair didn't really start growing till 2 1/2. Her first hair cut was at age 5! At age 8 it is thick and long, just be patient.

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My mother says I was almost three before I got any good hair. It is still very fine, but really soft and has a lot of body.

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R.,

You may think this is strange, but shave her head. I had as much as a new born when I was 5 years old. My dad shaved my head and it started to grow. My hair is still babyfine, but I have a lot of it.

My hair did not fall out or rub off. If this is the case, shaving her hair will be great for her.

J.

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She must be a little blondie. Don't worry that is normal for
fair headed babies. She will be fine. I remember my friends
having to tape bows to their kids heads.
N.

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I am in the same boat as you. My daughter's hair was growing slowly and it was fine. A friend of mine told me about their tradition about shaving their child's hair at about 18 months to 2 years old. It is suppose to make it come back thicker. So that is what we decided to do. A week after her 2nd birthday, I used a #2 shaver and clipped off her hair. well, the little she had. It didn't bother her at all. She doesn't know the difference if she has hair or not. Now, I noticed it is coming back thicker but still slowly. But at least it is thicker. It was so fine before. I was the same way growing up. I didn't get hair until about 3 years and it was fine and wavy. I always wanted thicker hair so I thought I could help her have nice thick hair by shaving it off at a earlier age, which I wished they would have done to me when I was at her age. Some people say that it works and some say it doesn't. I thought it wouldn't hurt to try. I just put lots of hats on her until she grows her hair :)

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It's not uncommon for it to take a long time for hair to grow in on little ones. I would expect you to start seeing growth soon.

As a hairstylist I get questions from clients and friends all the time about hair growth so I try to find research on it all the time. It's to my understanding that protein will encourage hair growth and vitamin B will help the protein absorb better. What I just found recently also is that eating beef is a good hair rejuvenator because the iron in the meat stimulates hair turnover and replenishment. It's also high in zinc and that helps protect against hair loss.
So it may be just as easy (and challenging) as making sure she has a well balanced diet.

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You don't need to be concerned at all. I was a bald baby with just a little light blonde fuzz until I was 2. Now I have a thick head of hair. My son was also a bald baby and got hair (also light blonde) late. He has a nice, thick head of hair now. Let nature take its course and before you know it, your daughter will have plenty of hair.

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No worries R.,
I was born with no hair and only had a small amount of hair until I was 2 1/2. That is when my hair started to grow and now I have thick beautiful hair (so I'm told). It will grow don't worry. My daughter is 1 years old and is following in her mommies footprints. She too has very little hair. I think is adorable and I can't wait to see what her hair will look like in the future!
Take care!

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Hi R. - My son did not have hair until after 2 years old -- now he has a lot (he's now 7). One thing I know is I can always ask my son's doctor for what's normal and when to be concerned. The pediatrician told me not to be too concerned -- just keep an eye on it. And then boom -- he started growing hair after 2. I was a lil concerned that I was going to have a bald headed kid. :)

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Dear R.,
I too, had almost no hair until I was about 3 1/2-4 years old!
My mom tied ribbons on my shoes, ribbons on whatever she could come up with. By the time I was 5-I had hair almost to
my waist. My dad did NOT allow me to have short hair.
I guess it was difficult for mom to deal with when I was that
young. But-it is absolutely nothing to be worried about!
Enjoy Your Daughter!!!
C. S.

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There is a photo of me when I was 2 and I was bald as a cue ball. I have curly dark hair, and lots of it.

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Don't worry about it. My teenage daughter has beautiful, thick, waist length hair, and she was bald as could be until she was about 2.5. Honestly, nothing is going to help. It'll grow when it's ready.

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My SIL had no hair until she was almost 4 years old...and I mean NONE. She now has a FULL head of hair.

Using a soft bristled brush can help stimulate hair growth, but you probably have nothing to worry about.

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Hi R.,
I am a hairdresser and the mother of a now five year old who did not get hair until he was 2 1/2. I too was a bald baby and did not get hair until I was older than two.
Please, don't be concerned. The hair will come and you don't want to make your daughter selfconscious about not having hair. I think kids really pick up on that. It will grow just be patient and let it happen naturally.

Enjoy this age it is really fun!

D.

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I am with the no panic advice you have recieved! My older two kids had to have haircuts by the time they were 6 months old! Then my little baby is about to turn three and I am thinking that he might just have enough to goet him his first cut soon. I was a bald baby, I have three older brothers who were all bald babies. My mom tells stories about scotch taping bows on my head so that everyone could tell I was a girl! Now I have enough hair to go around, I think I might be able to share with you little girl LOL. Her hair will come long before she is even aware that others have hair and she doesnt.

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Same here...My daughter's hair didn't really start growing till 2 1/2. Her first hair cut was at age 5! At age 8 it is thick and long, just be patient.

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Dear R., My son had very little hair as well, don't worry the blonds sometimes take longer. He now has hair to him waste and is the envy of all the girls.

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Hi R.. I wish I could send you a picture of my daughter. She is just the way you describe your daughter. At two she had very little and very fine hair. Even when I dressed her in pink people would ask, "How old is HE?" She had a little bit more at age three but wanted to be Thomas the Tank Engine for Halloween. Well you can guess how that went! But between 3 and 4 her hair came in and it grew pretty fast. Now at age 7 she has hair like every other girl. I wouldn't worry. It will come in. My son was the same way, only it wasn't such a big deal with him. Don't sweat it, it will happen!

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My daughter is 33 months old - aka 2 and a half - and just got her first hair cut last Thursday. If you didn't know her, you wouldn't even know she had a hair cut. There were just parts that were longer and wispy that need to be taken care of - the whole process was five minutes tops. You have nothing to worry about. Her brothers both had their first cuts after age two as well. I just have bald babies. My ten year old now has thick gorgeous hair. It will come. Don't worry at all.

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It's almost all heredity! I had no hair, not even peach fuzz, until I was 3. Then it came in long and thick and curly. (But, it's been falling out since my late teens - heredity again - so I'm thankful for minoxidil.) Don't worry. It'll do what it wants, when it wants.

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My mother says I was almost three before I got any good hair. It is still very fine, but really soft and has a lot of body.

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hi...everyone in my family was still bald at that age!!! it just happens like that but we all have a good head of hair now. i have a 3 year old grandaughter & her mom is from honduras & full of hair past her butt...thank goodness my grandaughter took after her mom. her hair is already to her waist! this is very unusual to me since i am used to bald babies. she will be fine!

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I can totally relate to this! My first born daughter was born with a full head of thick curly black hair and it gradually all fell out and did not come back until she was about 2 1/2. I have a pic of her on her 2nd b-day and her hair barely covered her scalp. But between age 3 and 4 her hair grew several inches, practically overnight it seemed. Now she is 5 and her hair reaches all the way to her bottom!
My ten month old...same issue. this time i used a soft brush to stimulate her scalp every day. She has slightly more hair but really not much (still balder than most babies). I guess it's just genes (i was bald until 3). All i can say is be thankful that you do not have to mess with her hair everyday because soon enough you will have a screaming 5 year old with a round brush tangled in her hair!

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My daughter also had very little light blonde hair at this age-you could see her scalp until she was 5. I pasted ribbons on her head so people would not think she was a boy. She also had severe allergies and eczema, and I don’t know what part they may have played in her light, thin, slow growing hair. But by the time she started school, she had beautiful hair, and by age 7, it suddenly turned thick and curly. So don't give up. It will grow!!

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Hi R.,

My daughter was a little baldy. By the time she started school she had the long thick hair. I was amazed that she could have hardly any hair and end up with such long thick beautiful hair. I wouldn't worry:)

A.

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My daughter did not have her first haircut until she was about to turn 3. She just didn't enough to warrant it! Now she's 3 1/2, and her hair is growing and it's very pretty. I laugh when I look at pictures of her at around 18 months, she's the same kid but with no hair! Don't worry, it'll come. Everyone's hair is different.

Look at is this way: if she was a boy you probably wouldn't think twice about it.

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I wouldn't worry about it too much. Have you mentioned it to her pediatrician? I think if the doctor was worried, he/she would have said something by now.

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My in-laws always talk about my sister-in-law that was bald for a long time. She, herself even told me how she would put a kitchen towel on her head and pretend it was long hair. So she must have been about 3-4 years old to remember that! She now has lots of long black hair. Don't worry, I'm sure she doesn't mind. My first girl had so much hair I had to put it up at 6 months old. When I found out I was having another girl I hoped that she would be bald because dealing with hair is just another thing to do! Don't worry, it will grow in, in time for school. ;)

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I take it your girl is a toe-head. She probably won't have much hair till around four. At least I didn't until about four. Most toe-heads (very blond hair) have super fine hair and since it is so light in color what there is of it is hard to see. To this day if I don't have mascara on you can't see my eye lashes even though the hair on my head has darkened and is really more red than blond now. I wouldn't worry too much about it. she will get hair, for now you can put those bow headbands for babies on her so she looks more girly (my mom tells about putting honey and a pink bow on my head so i looked like a girl). and I wouldn't really put anything extra on her hair to grow cause I would worry about damaging the hair she does have, which is probably very fine and breaks easy (mine does). Just let nature take it's course.

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Definitely don't worry, and you don't need to bother with massaging scalp etc. My older daughter, now 3 1/2, didn't have any hair until after she turned 2. Now her hair is still fine, but it's down to the middle of her back. I was amazed at how many people thought she was a boy until she was 2, even if she was dressed in all pink! lol Anyway, best wishes to you!

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Dearest R.,

It unfortunately isn't something you can help or hinder for that matter. Some babies are born needing a haircut (non of mine though). I was a bald baby & so were all 3 of my children - well they were born with some, & it fell out & then, bald for a LONG time. It seemed to take forever. With lighter hair, it seems even worse because it is soooo light, you can hardly see what is there. The light at the end of the tunnel is there....She will get it in - the old wives tale is that the later it comes, the thicker & more beautiful it will be. Keep those hair bands and sticky bows & hats coming until then. Sorry there isn't something out there to help - and really, do you want to change what will be her hair? If you were able to stimulate it, it might not be all that it would have been otherwise. Be patient. It will come! God Bless!

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My daughters were the same way. My oldest was bold until about 3. I didn't get her hair cut until she was 5. She has really thick wavy hair now and she's 10. My youngest was bold until about 2 and then she had a blonde afro. Don't be concerned. It will grow.

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It's nothing to be concerned about. My sister-in-law didn't get hair until she was three and she has enough hair for three people!
Brushing and massage I hear helps for adults so I don't know why it wouldn't work on a toddler.
S. G

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