By: Ava Alderman: I hear from a lot of folks who are suffering from shedding and hair loss and who are extremely tuned into their regrowth. They find themselves constantly looking – and feeling – for it. Many have come to learn or believe that you can literally feel your regrowth as it’s happening.
This makes sense when you think about it. Because many of us can definitely feel a difference in our scalp when we’re actively shedding. Many people notice pain, tightness, or itching when so much hair is falling out at once.
Taking this idea even further, many understandably say that they can also “feel” the regrowth. Many describe this as a tingling sensation. I can confirm that when I was regrowing hair during my first bout with TE, I DID notice a tingling sensation – at least at first. However, as some time passed, I stopped being able to feel anything different. And with my second bout of TE, I really did not notice much of a difference. And I regrew hair both times.
I can certainly understand wanting to feel progress. But I don’t want anyone to think that they aren’t regrowing hair if they’re not itching or tingling. I’ve literally heard people say things like: “I feel nothing. I see nothing. I feel like I’m going to go bald since I’m not regrowing any hair.”
The thing is, unless you have a severe androgen issue with miniaturization or a severe autoimmune or inflammatory condition, there should not be any reason why you can’t regrow hair with telogen effluvium. In fact, as soon as a hair follicle expels a hair, most of the time, it is literally being pushed out by the hair shaft behind it – which is regrowing in its place.
Granted, this can be hard to see at first. Often, the hairs are thin and light-colored. But as they grow, they thicken and darken. Whether or not you feel them may depend upon many factors, but in my non-expert opinion, the quality and quantity of the regrowth does not correspond with how much tingling or discomfort you feel.
I’ve known people who’ve struggled with the constant tingling who were very dissatisfied with their regrowth and those who felt absolutely nothing who ended up gaining a normal amount of volume with little discomfort involved.
In summary SOME people do feel the regrowth SOME of the time. But if you don’t feel it (or you feel it sometimes and not at others) this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are not regrowing hair. We don’t necessarily feel all of our bodily functions as they happen. But that doesn’t mean that they are not happening.
Try to worry more about what you see than about what you feel. White colored dry shampoo will often help you see your regrowth. And if you think that your regrowth is insufficient, ask yourself if there could be inflammation or miniaturization involved. My progress improved greatly once I understood this. You can read more about my own bouts of TE and recovery on my blog at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/