No one wants to lose their hair. Realizing that your mane is slowly thinning, or your hairline is receding can be a scary situation. This normally happens at a barely perceptible rate. You only realize because your hair looks different than it did a few months ago. However, you may have been unlucky enough to find large clumps coming out. Finding more than a few strands in your comb’s teeth is panic-inducing.
Fortunately, the condition causing this sudden hair loss is likely temporary. It is most likely telogen effluvium.
What Is Telogen Effluvium?
Hair growth is more complex than you likely realize. There are three phases to the growth of a hair strand:
Anagen: This is the growth phase. During this time, the hair follicle keeps producing more and more hair, making the strand longer.
Catagen: This is the transitional phase. In this phase, the hair growth slows, and the hair follicles regressed into the scalp. It also typically shrinks.
- Telogen: This is the resting phase. While in telogen, the hair follicle does not produce hair and the strand falls out.
In healthy hair, follicles cycles through these phases with the anagen phase being the longest by far. At any given time, about 5% to 10% of one’s total hairs should be in the telogen phase.
With telogen effluvium, a large number of hairs enter the telogen phase and then fall out. While an average person loses 100 hairs per day, someone with telogen effluvium may expect to lose around 300. However, the hairs don’t necessarily fall immediately after the telogen phase begins. So, the condition may only become apparent after a few months.
What Causes Telogen Effluvium?
This condition is associated with sudden and significant disturbances to the hair cycle. Typically, the cause is stress, trauma, anxiety, childbirth, sudden weight loss or a similar circumstance.
Some medications, recreational drugs and poisoning from toxic metals may also cause the condition. In some cases, it can be difficult to pinpoint the root cause of telogen effluvium. However, the good news is that it is often closely linked with the condition.
How To Recognize Telogen Effluvium
Telogen effluvium is easiest to recognize from increased hair shed. It isn’t necessarily as dramatic as the large clumps described above. While that situation may happen, in other cases the condition may present as a subtle increase in hair loss.
Look for a larger number of hairs on your pillow in the morning. More hair falling out in the shower is another common symptom. In more severe cases, you may notice a clump in your hair brush.
It can be difficult to differentiate between telogen effluvium and other types of hair loss. See a doctor for help with diagnosing the problem. This process usually involves discussing medical history and examining the scalp. A common test is to tug on some hair to see how many strands come out.
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The Recovery Process
The good news about telogen effluvium is that it is normally temporary. Most cases are acute, meaning that they last less than six months. Chronic cases may last significantly longer.
The hair should start growing again almost immediately after it falls out. However, it may take two to four months before the regrowth is noticeable and another few months before it is complete.
Additionally, it may be necessary to eliminate the root cause to achieve regrowth. For example, if the problem is continued stress, poor diet or a certain medication, those problems would need to be addressed before the recovery process can progress fully.
A doctor can help you with determining what the cause of your telogen effluvium is and what to expect from the recovery process. If you no longer appear to be losing hairs, that is a good sign that you have begun recovery.
What If It Isn’t Temporary?
Some cases of telogen effluvium are chronic and may not resolve on their own. In some other cases, another form of hair loss may be misidentified as telogen effluvium. The result may be that your hair does not start to grow back naturally.
Speaking with a doctor about the situation can help you to determine what the right course of action is. Medical professionals are well-equipped to determine what type of hair loss you are experiencing.
Nonetheless, if you are dissatisfied with your hair regrowth, you do not have to simply wait. Some lifestyle changes may help you with the recovery process. For example, improving your diet, avoiding trauma to your hair (harsh chemicals or tight hairstyles), removing split ends and quitting smoking can all aid in hair regrowth.
These changes may not be sufficient in severe cases or non-temporary hair loss. Fortunately, hair loss treatment has advanced significantly in recent years and there are options available to help.
How To Speed Up and Improve Recovery
Whether you are concerned that you may have a permanent form of hair loss or you simply want to support your recovery from telogen effluvium, you may want to try some of DS Laboratories’ hair health products. These can promote the health of your hair and extend the anagen phase, letting hair grow longer.
Revita Shampoo and Conditioner: These products help to promote healthy hair growth with clinically tested ingredients such as copper peptides, Procyanidin B2, biotin, caffeine and taurine. Using Revita Shampoo and Revita Conditioner, you can promote the health of your hair follicles, encouraging them to grow longer, healthier hairs.
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Revita Tablets: This supplement is a great choice for someone dealing with the recovery process from telogen effluvium. The daily pills include melatonin, Canadian willowherb, genistein, biotin, iron and more. These help to slow hair loss and boost growth. Furthermore, iron deficiency is a potential cause of telogen effluvium.
- DNC-N: This topical hair treatment includes an innovative treatment for promoting hair growth: Nanoxidil. This substance helps to open ion channels in the scalp, delivering nutrients and oxygen to hair follicles. It helps them to grow larger and stay in the anagen phase longer. The results in longer, thicker and fuller hair.
These products are all backed by thorough clinical testing. They can help with all types of hair loss including telogen effluvium. Several of them also include dihydrotestosterone blockers which can combat the cause of male and female pattern hair loss. You don’t have to settle for losing your hair or simply waiting for it to grow back.
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