Human Hair Growth Cycle

April 16, 2015

The shed hair can easily be recognized by a small bulb of keratin on the root end of the hair.  The number of hair follicles producing hair drops during the telogen or resting phase shown in the above human hair growth cycle, due to stress.  These hairs will eventually fall off.  People with TE do not completely loose all their scalp hair.  However, there will be noticeable thinning of scalp.

The second type of loss due to stress is called alopecia areata.  This is an autoimmune disease.  However, this is not a contagious disease.  You cannot catch it from someone else.  In this condition, your immune system or white blood cells attack the follicles, interrupting hair growth cycle causing fall out.  Researchers believe that alopecia areata loss is caused by the physical and emotional stress caused by events occurred in the individual’s life.  Men, women and children are all affected by this type of hair loss due to stress.
Trichotillomania:

This is a medical disorder that influences people who are diagnosed with the condition to pull out their hair, repeatedly.  They feel an uncontrollable urge to pull out the hair from the scalp.  This hair pulling is not limited to their head alone.  Some pull out their nose, eyebrows, eyelashes, and other bodily hair.

Stress and related hair loss are treatable. Stress reduction is considered to be the long-term treatment to hair loss due to TE.   When you get your stress under control, it is possible to regrow your hair back to its normal glory.  We all know how a bad day affects us.  You can put behind all those awful bad days you had because you lost most of your hair due to emotional and physical stress at work or in your personal life.

Hair Loss Due to Stress

The reality is that we all experience stress.  The question is how well do you manage it?  You may think you are in control of the situation.  Recent traumatic life events, death of a loved one, divorce, recent childbirth, major surgery, financial issues or serious illness could be causing your hair loss.

Telogen Effluvium

Researchers have proven that there is a link between stress.  Telogen effluvium is a medical condition that causes hair loss due to physical or emotional stress.  Emotional and physical stress is known to be the cause of TE.  This condition affects different phases of hair growth cycle.  People who are affected with this condition have more of their hair at resting phase.  Telogen effluvium appears as diffuse thinning of hair, mostly on the top of the scalp.  Hair loss is less common on the back or the sides of the scalp.  This type of hair loss is more common among people who went through life-altering or stressful changes in their recent history.

TE is fully reversible when the cause of stress is treated by de-stressing or other methods of treatments.  In this condition, hair follicles are not adversely affected irreversibly or permanently.  This gives the opportunity for new hairs to grow normally as the causes of emotional or physical stress that brought on the TE are treated.