Telogen Effluvium is a form of Alopecia that causes excessive hair shedding. Normally, an average person sheds up to 150 hairs each day, but a person who suffers from Telogen Effluvium might shed thousands of hairs every day.
Such dramatic and sudden hair loss can be very upsetting, and some people can lose up to 70% of their hair within days.
The acute form of the condition can last up to 6 months, but the chronic form of Telogen Effluvium can last much longer. In these cases, the hair can take much longer to recover, and it might only recover once the underlying cause of the condition is addressed.
When can it occur?
Telogen effluvium occurs during one of the hair's growth stages known as the telogen phase. This is a ‘resting period’ for the hair, which lasts for 2-4 months. The shedding phase of the hair’s growth cycle usually doesn’t happen until after the telogen phase, but with Telogen Effluvium, the cycle can go out of sync, and the hair starts to shed before it should.
What causes Telogen Effluvium?
There are several possible causes of Telogen Effluvium, from stress and poor diet, to surgery, trauma and even child birth. The excess hair shedding usually begins within 1-3 months after the event that triggers it. This is because when the trigger occurs, the hair follicle will enter the telogen (resting) phase before falling out, and the follicle will have a new hair following behind waiting to regrow.
Do you need a hair replacement solution?
We always recommend visiting a trichologist before seeking a more permanent hair replacement solution.