Our hair grows in cycles. As we lose anywhere between 50-100 strands of hair a day, it's only natural to notice some hair in your brush, in the shower drain, or on your pillowcase.
Our hair goes through three distinct phases:
● Anagen: 85-90% of your hair actively grows in this phase. This phase can last between 3-10 years.
● Catagen: About 3% of your hair is in this transitional phase at any time. During this phase (about 2-3 weeks), you may experiences slow hair growth.
● Telogen: Lasting about 2-3 months on average, this phase - commonly called “the resting phase” - accounts for 5-10% of the hair on your head.
Telogen effluvium occurs during the last phase of your hair cycle. If you notice regular shedding for longer than six months, you may have chronic telogen effluvium. While shedding will be noticeable with this chronic condition, patients likely won’t lose all their hair.