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Managing Hair Loss Due to Telogen Effluvium

hair_lossTelogen effluvium is a condition where a patient experience excessive hair shedding and hair loss. Typically, we shed about 80 to 100 hair strands a day, this is considered normal. But more than 100 strands means increased hair shedding or is considered hair loss.

The term telogen is actually a part of the hair growth cycle, this is also called the resting phase. In any given moment, about 10 to 15% of our hair is in this stage and could last for around 100 days. During telogen phase the hair follicle separates from the dermal papilla, a structure found at the base of the hair follicle responsible for hair growth. Then a the hair follicle will for a bulb or commonly known as a “club hair”. During this time hair is either pushed out by new hair growth or pulled out by external forces like combing or rubbing hair against a pillow.

In Latin, effluvium means “a flow out”, in medical terminology it means “a shedding.

What is the cause of teleogen effluvium?

The cause of telogen effluvium varies and differs from person to person. Extreme stress is a common cause of telogen effluvium, usually stress from child birth (post partum hair loss), hormonal changes, major operation, certain illnesses, some medication and over dieting. Of course stressors differ for every person; one event can be very stressful for one individual, while others may or may not find it stressful at all.

Is there a cure for telogen effluvium?

There is no cure for telogen effluvium; fortunately, this condition is self limiting. Once an individual recovers from any stressful event, hair will eventually grow back again. Sadly, it will take a few months for hair to grow back its original thickness; this is where hair growth stimulants can help hasten the hair growth process. Products like FAST shampoo and conditioner are specifically made to encourage faster hair growth.

 

Important Nutrients To Stimulate Fast and Healthy Hair Growth

hair growthHaving beautiful hair is not only achieved with proper hair care, it also involves healthy hair growth.  If your hair follicles produce healthy hair strands, then naturally, you will have strong and beautiful hair, able to withstand the elements such as the heat of the sun, or even exposure to chemicals like dyes and styling products.

Of all the nutrients needed for hair growth, protein is the most important. Why? Because our hair is mostly made of a protein called keratin, the same protein found in our skin and nails. Foods rich in protein are soya beans, lentils, milk, cheese, fish and lean meats from pork, beef and chicken.

Iron is an important mineral for hair growth. Our blood, especially red blood cells, need iron to effectively bind with oxygen to carry all over the body.  Now our hair producing cells are considered one of the fastest growing cells in the body, and these cells needs a constant supply of nutrients and oxygen for them to function properly. Also, Iron deficiency can cause hair loss.

Vitamins are also essential for hair growth like biotin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, inositol, niacin and folic acid. Vitamins act as co-enzymes that help the body metabolize food more efficiently. Also, each vitamin have a specific role in the body, any deficiency or toxicity will result into a disease. So it is also not advisable to take high doses of a certain vitamin.

But there are specific vitamins that beautify and strengthen hair growth. The so called “hair vitamins” are pantothenic acid and biotin: pantothenic acid or pro-vitamin B5 makes hair really soft, shinny and slippery, making hair easy to comb. Biotin or vitamin B7 strengthen each hair strand. Both vitamins prevent hair breakage, hence promoting faster hair growth.

It is also good to consume essential fatty acids from fish, shellfish, soya oil, canola oil and walnuts. Our body produce a natural oil call sebum, which is a great skin and hair conditioner.