Articles Tagged with: temporary hair loss

What is Autumn Hair Loss?

What is Autumn Hair Loss?As seasons change, particularly between Summer and Autumn, hair follicles might experience stress and naturally enter Telogen (resting) phase. The stress one might experience during the summer takes two to three months to show side effects, due to the stages of the hair growth cycle. Seasonal hair loss is a form of telogen effluvium, or stress-related hair loss that occurs after events that shock the follicles into an inactive state.

Is Autumn Hair Loss Temporary?

Fortunately for most, autumn hair loss is not permanent. In some cases, hair begins to regrow naturally after the stress subsides and hair can continue into a regular growth cycle. Just as the leaves fall off of a tree as the seasons change, your hair might shed slightly more when the weather turns.

A study from the journal of Dermatology in 2010 followed 800 healthy women over a period of six years. The study found that the women being observed had mostly “resting” hairs during July, causing it to shed in early Fall. (i)

After hair falls out, the follicles rest for a few months before transitioning back into the Anagen stage of active hair growth.

How to Fight Temporary Hair Loss

Though autumn hair loss passes with time, it should still be taken seriously because it might indicate an underlying medical issue or androgenic alopecia, a form of permanent baldness that affects millions across America.

To test the level of hair loss you’re experiencing and whether or not it’s a cause of concern, run your fingers through your hair and put any lost strands on a piece of white paper. If you see more than 10 hairs, but less than 15, you might be a victim of seasonal hair loss. However, more than 15 hairs might indicate a more serious condition like androgenic alopecia.

Read more about hair loss tests and evaluations.

If your hair isn’t growing normally after a few months, and you’re beginning to feel self conscious about your shedding locks, low-level laser therapy can help fight autumn hair loss because it reenergizes the hair follicles back to the growth phase more rapidly. Because it’s temporary, undergoing transplant surgery is not a form of therapy recommended for seasonal hair loss. But, if you’re fighting a more permanent condition, a combination of hair transplant surgery and LLLT therapy fights the condition aggressively and efficiently.

Hair Transplants and LLLT in Miami

If you’re unsure of whether your hair loss is temporary due to seasonal change or more serious, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami at (877) 443-9070. Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose are experts in the field of hair restoration and can help you better understand your individual hair loss and address potential underlying issues.

Sources

(i) http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/autumn-hair-loss-dont-worry-its-perfectly-natural

Temporary Hair Loss: Is It Normal?

Temporary Hair Loss- Is It NormalIs there such a thing as temporary hair loss? The question itself seems counter-intuitive. Thanks largely to the myths and half-truths of American pop culture, hair loss is something we typically associate with old men, and it’s a condition that seems to be permanent and irreversible. This is only partly true, however. Thinning, shedding, and balding affect both men and women of various different ages. Moreover, not all hair loss is permanent. In some cases, hair might begin to re-grow naturally.

Still, it is imperative that men and women learn the difference between temporary hair loss and permanent pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia. On the one hand, research indicates that individuals who suffer with pattern baldness might also be genetically predisposed to other serious health conditions, like coronary heart disease. On the other hand, those who experience temporary hair loss are smart to diagnose it as such to avoid unnecessary stress and anxiety.

Join Dr. Bernard Nusbaum is the video below for a brief overview of the four main causes of temporary hair loss. Then, scroll to the temporary hair loss FAQ section to review these concepts in greater detail.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Temporary Hair Loss

Below are a few of the most common questions regarding temporary hair loss and shedding. After taking a moment to review each, we invite you to leave additional questions or comments in the Comments section of this post.

What is seasonal hair loss?

If think you’ve experienced “seasonal hair loss,” you are not alone. Women in particular report experiencing symptoms of thinning or shedding hair in late September and October. To better understand this phenomenon, it helps to take a moment to review the hair growth cycle.

Hair grows in 3 distinct phases: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. Each phase lasts about 2-6 years, 2-3 weeks, and 2-3 months, respectively. Hair actively grows during the Anagen phase, and the Catagen phase is a separate and distinct growth phase that transitions hair into the Telogen phase. Once in the Telogen phase, hair experiences a period of rest. It is during this resting period, however, that hair can fall out.

According to Swedish researchers, the reason for seasonal hair loss that occurs in the fall might be attributed to the fact that the hair and scalp experience a great deal of stress during summer months. As a consequence, the extra stress might “shock” hairs that are naturally in the Telogen phase, causing them to fall out 2-3 months later. And although the hair loss is perceived in the autumn, it might actually begin to occur in the summer.

Can hair loss occur after pregnancy?

Hair loss is a common occurrence after pregnancy. Many women experience this type of temporary hair loss due to 2 underlying causes: Hormones, and stress. New moms experience a rapid decline in estrogen following childbirth, which might trigger thinning or shedding. New moms are also predisposed to stress-related hair loss after pregnancy, which is referred to as telogen effluvium. One need not go through pregnancy and childbirth to experience telogen effluvium, however (see below).

For more information, visit this article on hair loss and pregnancy.

Can stress cause temporary hair loss?

Stress-related hair loss, or telogen effluvium, can also occur after certain events that “shock” the body. These events might include:

  • Surgery
  • Severe illness
  • Medications
  • Sever emotional stress

For more information, visit this article on female pattern hair loss and telogen effluvium.

Consult a Medical Professional About Hair Loss

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of thinning, shedding, or balding, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami to schedule a comprehensive hair loss evaluation. Our team proudly represents South Florida’s top surgeons, registered nurses, technicians, and technologies. We understand the agony and frustration that accompanies hair loss, and we are committed to helping you develop a customized plan that will create natural results.

Contact us online or call our Institute directly at 1.877.443.9070.

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