Why is my hair thinning? Telogen Effluvium in Young Women

What is Telogen Effluvium and why is it on the increase for young women?

At any one time, 10% of your hair is in the Telogen phase. This is the stage where the hair detaches from the follicle and sheds. The follicle remains empty until the anagen phase, the growing stage begins again. The human hair growth cycle is not synchronised so we don’t lose all our hair at once, a few hairs are shed each day and the follicle quickly resumes its growing stage, so no obvious hair thinning is apparent.

But what happens when that cycle is disrupted and more follicles are sent into the Telogen phase causing excessive shedding of hair.


Telogen Effluvium is when an increased number of hair follicles enter the resting stage. The trigger for this is usually something that happened 2-6 months earlier, so you need to look back and see what was going on in your life to identify the cause. There are a number of causes including:

Pregnancy. Although many women find their hair grows thicker during pregnancy for some the opposite is true. The insurgence of hormones changes the homeostasis of the body and can cause hair loss. For many, this is apparent several months after childbirth, postpartum hair loss.

High fevers during an illness.

Changes in diet, dramatic weight loss or eating disorders. When the body doesn’t receive the correct nutrition it has to make choices as to what parts of the body it will feed, the essential organs win over the hair every time. So if your hair is falling out, look at your diet and ask yourself if it’s balanced or is there something missing.

Birth control pills.

Severe emotional distress caused by the death of a loved one, losing your job or a divorce.

Medication treating another disorder.

Telogen effluvium is a temporary type of hair loss and will right itself in the following 6-12 months.

For some people, the condition can become chronic with the effects lasting for longer periods of time. Causing more stress and exasperate the condition further.

So why are more young women suffering from this condition? The jury is out, but we must consider lifestyle, nutrition, medical history, stress levels, environmental pollution, physical and chemical treatment of the hair.

There are solutions to this problem adding hair growth boosting foods to your diet, yoga and meditation to alleviate stress levels, and low-level light therapy has proven very effective with no side effects.

If you feel you are losing excessive amounts of hair, come and have a free consultation to discover the cause and start a programme of rejuvenation and recovery.

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