By: Ava Alderman: It’s normal to immediately begin thinking about your regrowth very shortly after you notice your hair shedding. Some of us know what is happening when our hair starts shedding because we have had it happen to us before. And, we also know that in order for our hair to begin to look better, we are going to need for it to regrow. So, it’s normal to start looking for regrowth even when your hair is still actively falling out.
However, some people are just starting this process or are in their first bout of shedding. And they wonder how soon they can begin to look for regrowth. Someone might say: “my hair has been shedding since I started taking a diet supplement. I did it to lose weight and it has worked. But it has also brought on some weird side effects. I’m cold all of the time. I feel somewhat jittery. And my hair has started to shed. My sister has gone through this before and she says I probably have telogen effluvium. She said the hair loss can last up to three months. That feels like a very long time to me. And I need to see my hair start growing back before three months. I have stopped taking the supplements. And I know that now I just have to wait for my hair to stop falling out. But is it possible that I will notice some regrowth before that time?”
It’s certainly possible. But how much regrowth you actually see depends on for how long your shedding lasts. Here is an example. Let’s say your hair loss lasts for about the average – or around three months. Hair begins to grow back immediately after it is shed. It basically goes from the shedding cycle to the growing cycle – without much of a pause. However, its growth rate is relatively slow. The average person grows hair at the rate of about 1/2 inch per month. So, the hairs that fell out first are going to grow in first. Hair that fell out in the first month of your shedding will be about 1/2 inch in length after a month’s time. This is very short hair and many people would not notice it. Often, you have to look for it by parting your hair against the grain under bright light.
Now, if your shedding has gone on for 2 – 3 months, your early hairs that have shed out would have grown to about an inch long – making it easier to see. People who have had loss for 4 – 6 months have even longer regrowth to notice.
The bottom line is that for every month of hair you shed, you should see 1/2 inch of regrowth from those shed hairs. But the hair that fell out last week isn’t going to be noticeable growing in for about four weeks. So, at any given time, you are going to have regrowth of various lengths.
This cycle happens in our heads all of the time. It is normal to have a small amount of strands actively undergoing this process. But, most of the time, only a small amount of your hair sheds out at once. However, when we have telogen effluvium, many more of our hairs are actively shedding and growing at one time. The more that is shed out, the more of those little regrowth hairs are going to be cropping up. But how much of it you see while you are actively shedding depends upon how long your shedding lasts.
Sometimes, it is challenging to see your regrowth. Since my hair is dark, I would sprinkle baby powder or dry shampoo at my hair line in order to help me see my regrowth more clearly. You can read more on my blog at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/