Growth and dormant stages
- Anagen or growth phase.
- Catagen or transitional phase.
- Telogen or resting phase.
When the anagen phase slows down and more hairs enter the telogen phase an increase in hair shedding occurs. The obvious signs can be more hair on the pillow or in the brush.
Besides severe stress as a possible cause of telogen effluvium, there are a number of reasons that can disturb the hair cycle and trigger an increase in the hair shedding cycle.
Poor diet. Hair requires, as does the body, in general, a balanced and key nutrient intake including protein, iron, B-vitamins, and zinc to grow.
Crash diets and weight loss. Weight loss or weight conditions such as anorexia nervosa, can cause the hair to shed.
Certain drugs. Prescribed medications and recreational drugs can cause hair loss.
Systemic health conditions. These can include autoimmune disease, conditions that affect the thyroid gland.
The treatment will be determined by the underlying cause of the hair loss in the first place. If the initial trigger can be established and if it can be addressed the hair cycle can return to normal over time. Always seek professional help before starting a hair loss treatment.
A protein-rich diet can help as protein provides the building blocks for hair to grow, foods such as meat, eggs, fish, beans, grains, and nuts.
An iron deficiency may be linked to telogen effluvium, foods such as red meat, liver, dark green leafy vegetables, beans, and lentils.