Why do I experience hair loss?
To stimulate hair growth you can keep up with healthy vitamins and nutrients such as biotin,
iron, and zinc. Also, you can take treatments to counteract hair loss an example of such a
treatment is the Telogen Effluvium treatment. Telogen effluvium is a form of diffuse hair loss
and relies on an abnormal hair cycle. When you suffer from this type of hair loss your hair is
visible in your comb, brush or in the shower drain.
What is the hair growth cycle?
The hair growth cycle is based on three phases. The first phase is the Anagen phase and
happens when the cells in the root of your hair are most rapidly dividing so more new hair
can be formed. In this phase the hair grows around half an inch a month, and the phase
lasts up to 3-5 years.
The second phase is the Catagen phase. This is the transitional phase, which signals the
end of active hair growth and cuts individual hairs off from the blood supply and from the
cells that produce new hair. This phase lasts only approximately 10 days.
The last phase of the hair growth cycle is the Telogen phase. In this phase hair strands are
released from their follicles and fall out. An estimate of 10-15% of your hairs is in this phase
at any given moment, but when you experience severe hair loss this may be more.
What happens if the hair growth cycle is disrupted?
When the hair growth cycle is disrupted, hair thinning, and hair loss problems may occur.
This can be triggered by conditions such as stress, metabolic imbalances, illness, and
improper nutrition. This can occur months after a high fever or certain medical conditions, this is called sudden diffuse hair fall. In this case the anagen growth phase is cut short, and
many hairs enter the telogen phase at the same time, which results in increased hair fall several months later during the exogen phase.