Saturday, July 3, 2010
Telogen effluvium. Sounds like a Harry Potter spell or something, doesn't it? Point your wand and shout out- telogen effluvium! See? Alas, it isn't nearly as fun, interesting, or cool as anything related to wizardry... but the solution might be easier to obtain if I happened to know a wizard or two... Telogen effluvium Hair loss. In my case, due to weight loss. I've lost about half of the volume of my hair. I can't wash my hair without losing a handful. I can't brush my hair without filling the brush. I can't run my hand through my hair without coming away with a dozen strands in my hand. According to what I've read, the hair grows in cycles. In a normal healthy person's scalp about 85% of the hair follicles are actively growing hair (anagen hair) and 15% are resting hair (telogen hair). A hair follicle usually grows anagen hair for 4 years or so, then rests for about 4 months. The body endures a shock- in my case, the massive dietary and lifestyle change and rapid weight loss that came as a result- and about 2 months later, new hair starts growing. Which is great except that it's breaking into that anagen - telogen cycle. So the new growth that resulted from the shock to the system starts pushing out the existing hair at a rapid rate. So I'm losing my hair because I'm growing all new hair. I'd shake my head over that one but more hair will just fall out.