Hair Loss/Telogen Effluvium 26/F
I suffered from two nasty bouts of telogen effluvium due to switching around birth control pills a year and 2 years ago (it happened after each time I switched birth control). My hair stopped shedding scary amounts in November of 2012, so that was several months ago. the top of my head around the hairline has hundreds of short little hairs popping up that all seem normal in diameter. (they're all about a half inch long or shorter, and seem to get thicker the more they grow) All my blood results are fine, too.
I still shed around 100 hairs a day, which I read is normal. My hair is still very very thin, I'd say I lost about 40-50% of my hair due to the Telogen Efflluviums last year, and because I had two bouts, I feel like my hair didnt recover from the first, and the 2nd episode made it even worse, so my hair has a lot to recover from.
I notice it is growing in slower around the sides by my ears, or perhaps it just seems that way since that area is naturally thinner anyway. I can say that it has definitely improved since the shedding stopped, but extremely gradual, at a snail's pace.
Is it likely my hair will grow back to where it was before this whole mess happened? I am turning 27 years old, there is no hair loss history in my family, although my dad has thinned a tiny bit now that he is older, but not much.
Thank you for your help, I'm so worried about my hair growing back.
You will know your telogen effluvium is over when the amount of daily hair loss is the same as it was prior to the condition. This is the best way to gauge, as it is impossible to "catch" and count every fallen hair. The fact that you are seeing hundreds of hairs sprouting up; and that they are normal in diameter is great news. Try to focus on this rather than worrying if the rest of hair will fully recover. Hair growth at the sides/temple area is more stubborn, so please have patience. Because hair grows at approximately 1/2 inch per month it can take quite a few months for the new hairs to lay flat and grow long enough to add volume to existing hair. In the meantime, you will still be experiencing normal daily loss.
As long as you stay healthy and positive there is a very good chance of recovery. I do believe that once a person experiences a bout of chronic telogen effluvium, it is more likely they will experience subsequent episodes if other imbalances or disturbances occur. Healthy diet and life style will help prevent this from happening.
Essential oil scalp treatments can help stimulate new hair growth and improve quality of existing hair. Essential oils increase energy and nourishment directly to the root and follicle of hair. You can learn more at the articles linked below. I am also including and article on how birth control causes hair loss, so you can counter the effects that may have occurred while on the pill. Please let me know if I can help you further.
Sincerely, Melanie Vonzabuesnig
Birth Control and Hair Loss
Chronic Telogen Effluvium
Understanding Female Hair Loss
Essential Oils for Hair Loss
Create Your Own Natural Hair Loss Remedies