My Hair is Shedding Like Crazy! Why?

It's normal to shed between 50 and 100 hairs a day. When the body sheds significantly more hairs every day, a person has excessive hair shedding. The term for excessive shedding is Telogen Effluvium.

Telogen effluvium (TE) is a very common hair loss condition characterized by periods of increased hair shedding. You may see an excess amount of hair in your shower drain, in your hair brush or on your pillow in the morning. The shedding is NOT subtle. It comes on quickly and can lead to 30-50% scalp hair loss. People who experience TE are understandably upset, thinking that all their hair will fall out.

Most people do not recognize the association between the trigger and the hair loss because it happens 3 months after the trigger. Potential triggers include:

  • Pregnancy, delivery or miscarriage
  • Illness or fever
  • Hospitalization or surgery, chemo, radiation
  • Abnormal thyroid hormone function or change in dose of thyroid medicine
  • Significant emotional trauma such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or job loss
  • Starting, stopping, or changing hormone medications including birth control or IUD
  • Entering menopause

The good news: Your hair will regrow. The bad news: Hair regrowth is slow.

What you can do if you think you’ve had a TE episode:

  1. DON’T PANIC!
  2. BE PATIENT. Your hair will regrow. Use our products to prevent more shedding and help grow new hair.
  3. Most importantly, avoid new potential triggers.
  4. If after 6 months, your shedding does not return to normal (100-150 hairs a day), this could be the sign of another type of alopecia.

True Hair Loss: Alopecia

There are several types of alopecia.

Alopecia Areata: An autoimmune disease that develops when your body attacks your hair follicles. It can happen anywhere on the body, including the scalp. It often causes round, patchy areas that are completely hair-free.

Traction Alopecia: Tight hairstyles cause this type of hair loss. It can show up if you wear tight braids or ponytails everyday or wear hair extentions or weaves. These styles tug on the hair roots and damage hair follicles over time.

Androgenetic Alopecia: The most common type of hair loss in both men and women. In males, it’s the cause of male-pattern baldness. In women, it happens more often after menopause. The hair loss tends to come on gradually.

All of our hair products contain essential oils, such as Rosemary & Thyme, that may help with Telogen Effluvium and all types of alopecia.