We hear from many people who are desperately hoping that their excessive hair shedding (which they suspect is telogen effluvium related) is finally coming to an end. Usually, the first thing that they notice is that not as many hairs are coming out when they wash or brush their hair. Next, they might see less shed hair on their clothing or their pillow in the morning. Some see regrowth, but many do not notice any change in this respect. Sometimes, though, just as they get their hopes up that the decrease in shedding hairs means that their Telogen Effluvium is slowing down or getting ready to end, suddenly it will kick up again and dash their hopes of a Telogen Effluvium remission.
We recently heard from someone who said: “I admit that I count my shed hairs. While my telogen effluvium was in full swing, I was loosing at least 200 hairs per day, sometimes more. For the last couple of days, I’ve only been shedding about 100. I was hoping that this meant this nightmare was coming to an end. But then this morning when I looked, 175 hairs came out. Does this mean that my shedding isn’t over? How do you know when your telogen effluvium is over once and for all?” we’ll do our best to answer these questions, which will go over how you can tell if your Telogen Effluvium shedding is really at an end.
While there’s very little clinical information available about the cessation of Telogen Effluvium related shedding, the more “normal” days you see over a longer period of time, the better the chances are that your shedding is coming to an end. If you’ve tried to research this topic online, then you probably already know that there’s not a lot of information available out there. This lack of information can lead you to believe that the shedding should stop abruptly. Many people may hope that they will suddenly wake up one morning to find that their normal shedding has begun once more, and that it will continue on from that day forward. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. In reality, often you will see sporadic shedding that fluctuates before it normalizes and stabilizes completely.
Remember that your follicles didn’t go into their shedding phase all at once, so it’s perfectly logical that they won’t go into the growing phase all at once either. Consider the fact that it took some significant event (i.e. stress, medications, trauma) to cause the shedding to begin in the first place. This particular trigger caused your hair follicles to go into the resting or shedding phase suddenly. Normally, this growth process is staggered, so that only a small percentage of follicles are resting or shedding at one time. But, when you have telogen effluvium, this process is not staggered and you have many more follicles than normal shedding out hair strands. However, this hair shedding may not happen all on the same day. It may happen over a course of days or even weeks. This is the reason why recovery can be gradual as well. This is not to say that you shouldn’t celebrate or be happy when you notice a day that gives you relief. Likewise, you shouldn’t be crushed if the shedding fluctuates a little.
So, is there any way to tell if your shedding is officially ending? The answer is it’s different for everyone. Some people aren’t going to be happy until they see many days in a row when their shedding is absolutely normal, while others are happy with any sign of improvement. And, because it can be normal to have peaks and valleys in this process, to be on the safe side most people consider the shedding to be over if you’ve had normal hair shedding for three months or so. And the truth is, once the shedding begins to improve, you no longer feel as compelled to keep track of the number of shed hairs or count the shedding days as often. Therefore, you may just simply lose track altogether.
The bottom line, is that any time you see improvement, you should be encouraged. With that being said, it’s normal to see an improvement followed by an increase in shedding once again. And this doesn’t always mean that your shedding is starting all over again. Seasonal or stray shedding for a day or two can be completely normal. However, if you’ve seen “normal” ranges over the course of several days or a few months, then that’s a good indication that your shedding is in the beginning phases of finally being over.
As a reference, here are a few key things to keep in mind when it comes to recovery from telogen effluvium and how to tell if your Telogen Effluvium hair loss is at an end:
Expect Gradual Recovery from TE. As was briefly mentioned earlier, the Telogen Effluvium recovery process is a gradual one that can take several months. If you expect to suddenly experience rapid new hair growth and get the hair follicles that you lost during your Telogen Effluvium episode back as soon as you get rid of the trigger, then you will only be disappointed by the relatively slow regrowth process.
Focus on the Positive. It’s quite easy to get bogged down by Telogen Effluvium and feel as though your hair loss predicament is hopeless…but it’s not. Telogen Effluvium is completely reversible, and staying positive is one of the best things that you can do to aid in your Telogen Effluvium recovery.
Eliminate the Telogen Effluvium Trigger as Quickly as Possible. It was a specific trigger that started your Telogen Effluvium, and eliminating that trigger as soon as you can will enable you to begin your regrowth process. Remember, none of the solutions that are out there today to help you with your hair regrowth are going to do one bit of good if you don’t eliminate the root cause of your hair loss issue.
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