The average person naturally loses about 100 hairs a day. On the average person's head about 85% to 90% of the hairs are actively growing (thisis termed theAnagen phase).The restof the hairs are 'resting' (theTelogen phase). Typically, a hair is in theAnagen phase for two to four years,it then enters theTelogen phase.The hair rests for about two to four months,it then falls out and is replaced by a new, growing hair.
In today's blog we look at how stress can interfere with the natural growth of hair,and what we can do about it!
The most common type of stress-related hair lossisTelogenEffluvium:With telogen effluvium, stress sends asignal to hair folliclesand sends themintotheresting phase, stopping the hair from growing. Several months later, the hair attached to the affected follicles may start to fall out suddenly, in greater volume than normal.
In a person with telogen effluvium,a psychological trauma or physical stress can actually push more hairs into the telogen phase, telogen effluvium,therefore causes youtolose an average of 300 hairs a day instead of 100.
Telogen effluvium can be triggered bya variety ofevents, including
See the doc:If your hair is coming out in large clumps when you brush or wash it, make an appointment to see your GP immediately. It is possible that you have an underlying, undiagnosed medical condition such as anemia or a thyroid disorder.Some medical conditions that cause telogen effluvium can be diagnosed through a blood test.
Have no fear, hairDOES growback!
It can takea few months, but thinning haircaused bystress does grow back.It could be three to four months after a stressful event is over, that you realise that your hair is thinning. It may take another three months before your hair begins to grow back, meaning that it may be six months or even longer before your hair returns to its former thickness.Make an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can.
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