Oct 11

Does Exercise Help With Hair Regrowth After Telogen Effluvium?

I often hear from people who are trying to embrace a healthier lifestyle after they’ve gone through (or are going through) a bout of telogen effluvium. Some want to try exercise in the hopes that this will make things better. They might ask a question like: “my hair has been shedding for about two months. I haven’t been to a dermatologist, but my primary care doctor says that I probably have telogen effluvium from dieting. So I have stopped dieting, but so far, my hair is still shedding. I don’t want to damage my body anymore to lose weight, so I’ve started eating healthy and I want to start exercising. I’m wondering if exercise will help with my shedding and regrowth.”

There are a couple of trains of thought about this. Some people feel that exercise is helpful in a couple of ways. First, it helps encourage increased blood flow which is good for your scalp and hair. Second, it can dramatically decrease stress, which is vitally important. As you may already know, telogen effluvium often occurs after a stress to the body where your system goes into “flight or fight.”  This can happen to your body for many reasons including illness, dieting, medications, surgery, hormonal changes, etc. Since hair is not necessary for survival, your body will put the hair into “resting” mode and it sheds. So anything that you can do to relax your body and lower stress helps to avoid those “flight or fight” responses (and the hormonal changes that come with them) which can trigger TE.

However, with this said, it’s my belief that you have to be careful here. If you overdo exercise, it can actually stress your body or change your hormones. Neither of these things would be great if you’re trying to recover from TE. My position on this has always been that GENTLE and relaxing exercise is a good idea, but strenuous exercise that may tax your body might actually do more harm than good. I think that yoga or pilates are great alternatives. They offer health and physical fitness benefits, but they are gentle and are great for stress relief.

If you are going to exercise, it’s important that you wash your hair afterward. You don’t want to leave any sweat or debris on your scalp. Although telogen effluvium is different than androgenic alopeica, they can present in similar ways. So if there is any chance that your hair loss may have an androgen or inflammatory component, leaving sweat or debris on your scalp is not a good idea. You always want a clean scalp that is free of debris (which could clog follicles) or inflammation (which could cause more hair loss) when you are dealing with shedding.

In short, I think that gentle exercise is a great idea with telogen effluvium, but you have to be careful not to overdo it. Plus you want to clean your scalp afterward if you’ve worked up a sweat. I found yoga very helpful when I was going through telogen effluvium.  Not only was shedding stressful, but I always worried about how my hair would look for the long term.  The deep breathing with yoga helped to ease these worries.  Having a better looking body helped me focus on something other than my hair. And I’m sure that the stress relief was ultimately beneficial.  You read about more things that helped on my blog at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/

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Sep 20

Does Telogen Effluvium Cause Grey Hair?

I sometimes hear from people who feel that they’ve been suffering from hair loss symptoms which they are not sure are related to their telogen effluvium.  Yes, they’ve had the expected hair loss.  But they also notice changes in texture or color.  I sometimes hear from people who notice grey hair and who can’t find any documentation that the shedding could be causing their hair to grey.

Someone might say: “I am only 27 years old.  For the past seven months, I have lost massive amounts of hair.  No one is sure why it has happened.  My health is good.  I have not changed medications.  I have been under stress because of an illness in my family.  So that is the only thing that we can figure out.  I suspect that I have chronic telogen effluvium because obviously, it has gone on for longer than what is considered typical.  And my hair looks really awful due to the loss of volume.  But even worse, now I’m seeing greys sprouting at my temples.  I’m too young for this.  And none of the females in my family turned grey early.  Could my telogen effluvium be causing this?  Will the greys stop once the TE does?”

There’s not a lot of literature about TE causing grey hair.  It is thought that grey hair is caused when the production of melanin slows down.  This typically happens as we age, but some experts believe that stress can have an affect on free radicals, which then slows melanin, which in turn causes grey hair. You only need to look at past presidents of the United States to see that this is possible.  They all seem to age (and go grey) pretty rapidly.  So, it is possible that the stress could be causing both your TE and your bit of grey hair.  Another possibility is that sometimes, your regrowth comes in a bit lighter colored and then darkens up with time.  My hair is medium brown, but my regrowth came in with an almost blonde tinge and then darkened as it grew in longer.  I did notice a few greys when I was in recovery also.  This is going to sound odd, but I didn’t mind them because they were thicker in texture, which added to my volume.  Once my active shedding ended, I colored only the grey hairs with one of those wands and gentle non-ammonia touch up coloring.  And it did seem like I saw less of them in time.

Here is another theory which I used to account for some of my miniaturization (which thankfully reversed for the most part.)  I’m not an expert on this in any way, but from my own experience and from speaking with others, I believe it is possible that CTE can age your hair.  Think about it.  A normal hair cycle lasts for 3 – 5 years, so if you have prolonged shedding and your hair goes through a few TE cycles simply because it keeps shedding out and recycling, then your hair now might essentially be the same as it would  6 – 10 years down the road if you’d never gotten TE.  I always thought it was possible that I was getting some of the hair that I might normally have gotten in mid-life had my TE have not happened.

I know that the grey is something that you’d rather not happen.  But try to look at it like at least it is hair growing back. And it may darken as it grows longer in length.  In the meantime, as best as you can, try to manage the stress because this might help in more ways than one.  I know that CTE can be a very tough, draining thing.  If it helps, you can read more about my experience with CTE on my  blog at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/

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Sep 16

Telogen Effluvium For A Year: Is It Possible?

I sometimes hear from people who are suffering from hair shedding for longer than was originally expected.  They’ve often been told that they have telogen effluvium.  But because the shedding lasts for much longer than it should, they can begin to question this.

Someone might say: “my hair started shedding very severely after I got close to college graduation and began the recruiting process.  Things were more competitive than I thought and so yes, I got very stressed out.  I went to the college health center and I was told that I probably had telogen effluvium due to stress.  They assured me that it should end in a couple of months.  Well, now it has been one year later. I am still shedding.  And now I actually have a job that I love. I have been here for six months and my stress levels are actually pretty low.  I went to my family doctor and he ran some basic tests and told me that he could find nothing wrong.  He said that sometimes the shedding just lasts for a little longer.  This doesn’t ring true to me.  I don’t think I have alopeica areta because the hair does grow back and there are no patches or bald spots.  Does anyone have telogen effluvium that lasts for over a year?”

In my experience, this is possible because there is a condition called chronic telogen effluvium which is defined as shedding that lasts for longer than the typical three months.  There’s no consensus as to exactly why this happens and everyone has their theories.  I went through a bout of CTE once and I do believe that it was due to a couple of things.  I believe that I had developed some inflammation in my scalp (which I didn’t recognize so I didn’t treat.)  And, in desperation, I tried many different supplements and supposed remedies.  Some of these affected my hormones.  When your hormones go up and down, this can most definitely cause CTE.  Some people develop CTE because they have an underlying medical condition or other trigger that is never identified and so the cycle just keeps happening over and over again.  If you can’t find a medical issue, then perhaps think about hormones, diet, or scalp issues.

Speaking of scalp issues, early adulthood does bring about AGA or androgenetic alopecia for some.  People often think that only men get this condition, but that just isn’t true.  There’s another misconception that AGA only causes slow hair loss.  This can be true, but there are people who get aggressive shedding with AGA so that the presentation looks like telogen effluvium.  Since it has been a year, you may want to examine your regrowth and then compare it with your regular hair to see if there is any miniaturization.  I mention this because AGA is by far the most common type of hair loss.  So for that reason alone, it is worth considering, especially since it’s highly treatable when caught early.

I’m certainly not a doctor, but as someone who has gone through CTE, I can tell you that for many, it does get better.  The trigger is eventually removed, the inflammation is resolved (as was in my case), or the person finds out that they had AGA instead and they treat accordingly.  Never give up trying to figure out the cause.  Because that is often the beginning of turning things around.  If it helps, you can read more about my resolution of CTE on my  blog at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/

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Aug 29

Can Gluten Cause Hair Loss?

By: Ava Alderman:  I sometimes hear from folks who have been suffering from hair loss and who are attempting to exhaust all possible causes.  Many have seen doctors and dermatologists.  Many have gotten a clean bill of health and yet are still seeing hair loss.  So, as a result, some will look at their diets and might begin to suspect that some substances that they eat might contribute to the hair loss.  One example is gluten, which has gotten a lot of press lately because of the popularity of gluten free diets.  Someone might ask: “is it possible for gluten to cause hair loss?  I have been shedding for over four months.  My dermatologist believes that I have telogen effluvium, but we can not find any cause for it.  I had my primary care physician do blood work.  My hormonal and thyroid levels are fine.  Apparently I am completely healthy.  The only thing that I can remotely suspect is that I recently ended a diet where I was eating low carb.  Now that I am eating carbohydrates again, I am probably taking in a lot of gluten.  Could gluten be causing my hair loss?”

I researched this and the only think that I found between gluten and hair loss was in those individuals who have celiac disease.  People with this condition generally have other symptoms besides hair loss, such as extreme gastrointestinal issues, itchy skin, mouth sores, and weight loss.  Some have joint pain.  It is thought that celiac disease contributes to hair loss because it brings about an autoimmune response in the body.  As a result, people who have celiac disease are more likely to have alopecia areata instead of telogen effluvium.  Sometimes though, celiac disease causes malnourishment, which could also result in hair loss.

Someone who does not have celiac disease would probably not have these autoimmune or malnourishment issues and therefore, it is probably not gluten that is causing the hair loss.  What might be causing it in this case is changing your diet.  Sometimes, making major dietary changes can throw off your body and cause telogen effluvium, especially diets that are restrictive.  The reason is that when you diet, your body starts to think that it needs to store its reserves.  As a result, it will go into resting mode where your hair is concerned and this is when you will see the shedding.  Of course, you should ask your doctor about this, but my research indicates that unless you have celiac disease, gluten has less of a chance of being a contributing factor to the hair loss.

In my experience, you have to be really careful with changing your diet if you’re vulnerable to telogen effluvium.  However, assuming that you are dealing with telogen effluvium and don’t have inflammation, once your hair follicles reset, you should hopefully see some improvement.   If it helps, you can read more about about my own experience on my blog at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/

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Aug 16

Why Is My Hair Getting Worse After Telogen Effluvium?

When you are shedding hair, you often hope that once the hair stops falling out so dramatically, the nightmare is going to be over.  Since telogen effluvium is thought to be only temporary, most people expect their hair to start looking better once the shedding begins to slow down.  Unfortunately, this is not always what happens.  Sometimes, you get the slow down that you’d been hoping for, but you notice no improvement in the appearance of your hair.

Someone might say: “I honestly thought that it was not possible for my hair to actually look worse after my telogen effluvium was over.  I thought that this is when I would start to see it looking better.  I shed non-stop for four months.  It is finally starting to slow down.  I think that the worst is over – at least as far as shedding goes.  But the worst is definitely here was far as my hair is concerned.  It’s limp.  The texture is flyaway and it’s very dry.  It’s very hard to control, but if I put it in a ponytail, the tail is so thin and it just pulls more hair out anyway.  This is the worst that my hair has looked.  I thought that things were supposed to be getting better.”

It can take a while to see a noticeable difference in the way your hairs looks after recovery.  Here is why:   Losing all that hair is going to take a toll on your volume.  There is no way around that, really.  There are certainly styling techniques that you can use to make the most of the volume you have.  But you won’t get your original volume back  until your hair grows in.  It only grows about a half inch per month, so this takes time.

As far as the texture, telogen effluvium resets your hair cycle to the resting phase, which means that many follicles are not getting actively nourished.  As a result, your hair can look dull and be dry.  Once the TE is over, the follicles will eventually go back to the growing phase where they’re getting nourished, but they don’t all go back at once (in the same way that they didn’t fall out all at once.)  Once this reset happens for all of the affected follicles, your texture should eventually return to normal.

You might also want to make sure that you don’t have any miniaturization.  This means that the diameter of your hair has become smaller either because of androgens or inflammation.  When your hair mininaturizes, it takes many more hair strands to cover a smaller area.  Thin hair can be harder to tame than course hair.  And when your hair miniaturizes, it will provide less coverage and volume.  Now, miniaturization isn’t certain with telogen effluvium.  In fact in most cases, it’s said that the follicles are not affected.  However, in severe or prolonged cases, people have reported miniaturization.  I had a slight case of it after a severe bout of TE.  I could tell because when I plucked hairs on a certain section of my head, they would be very thin with no real substance.  If you moved them, they would float like a feather, whereas normal hairs on my head were much more coarse and would not float.  This can be addressed by combating inflammation in some cases.

The bottom line is that unfortunately, improvement isn’t immediate.  You have to wait for regrowth to take hold and for all of the follicles to reset.  Plus you have to combat any inflammation that may have popped up.  However, the good news is that once these things are done and with some patience, you should eventually get hair that is greatly improved.

If it helps for reassurance, my hair looked very rough after one bout of chronic telogen effluvium with some miniaturization.  However, time has now passed and I pretty much have my normal hair back.  It didn’t happen as fast as I might have liked, but once I understood all that was at play, it did happen. You can read more on my blog at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/

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Aug 08

Is It True That Hair Loss Doesn’t Have To be Permanent?

I sometimes hear from people who are dealing with their first bout of aggressive or severe hair loss.  Many are understandably quite afraid.  They’ve never experienced this before and it’s very scary to see so much of your hair falling out all at once.  Some reach out to family, friends, and the medical profession for reassurance and are often told that their hair loss is probably temporary.

Someone might say: “is it true that hair loss doesn’t have to be permanent?  My hair started shedding about six weeks ago and it is very dramatic.  Sometimes, I feel like I will go bald.  I asked my family doctor about this and he says that sometimes, hormonal changes or diet issues can cause hair loss which doesn’t have to be permanent.  Is he right?  I’m thinking about seeing a dermatologist about this because it is so much hair that is coming out.”

I’m not a doctor, but I’ve been through a few rounds of very aggressive telogen effluvium and have done a lot of research on this.  I’d encourage you to see a dermatologist as it might put your mind at ease.  But it is true that many types of hair loss are not permanent.  Telogen effluvium is a condition where your hair temporarily sheds, and as your doctor told you, any changes to the body like fluctuating hormones, (or a dietary or medical change) can cause your body to attempt to store its strength and reserves.  When your body does this, it sees hair as something that is not mandatory or necessary.  So your hair cycles switch from growing to resting, and more hair sheds out as a result.  Eventually, once your body stabilizes again or the trigger is removed, the normal hair cycle will resume and your hair will stop shedding.  This process was only temporary and there usually has been no change or damage to your hair follicles. Only your hair cycle changed and it will reset, so there is no reason for telogen effluvium to be permanent, although some people do take a while to recover.

There’s another hair loss condition called alopecia areata which is an autoimmune disorder which causes the hair to fall out.  Recovery from this condition varies; however, because the follicles remain alive and active for this condition, it also doesn’t have to be permanent in some cases.

The most common type of hair loss is androgen-driven loss or androgenic alopecia (AGA.)  This is more commonly known as male patterned baldness, although women can and do suffer from it as well.  In this condition, the follicles ARE affected because they get smaller (or miniaturized) over time,  As a result, the hair gradually becomes more and more thin / fine with total baldness in the affected area happening eventually in some cases.  AGA can be permanent if you ignore it and do not attempt to treat it.  That said, there are many effective treatments today.  That is especially true if you treat it early before the follicles are severely damaged.    So I would say that AGA can certainly be permanent in some cases.  But in others, it can be slowed substantially or even reversed.

That is why I agree that hair loss does not need to be permanent.  But it is always a good idea to treat any form as soon as is possible.  In the case of telogen effluvium, you can make sure that you’ve addressed and removed the trigger and can encourage regrowth.  If you have alopecia areata, you can find a very good dermatologist who can treat you.  And even with AGA, if you seek early treatment, you can usually avoid hair loss that is permanent or severe.

As I said, I had very severe telogen effluvium that resulted in some miniaturization, but thankfully, it was definitely not permanent. You can read more on my blog at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/

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Jun 27

How Should I Style My Hair If I Have Telogen Effluvium?

By: Ava Alderman:  One of the biggest dilemmas that many of us have when struggling with telogen effluvium is how to style and cut our hair.  It is very tempting to just slap your hair in a pony tail all of the time, but then you worry about the extra tugging and pulling causing more hair loss.  Many of us notice that when we don’t keep our shedding hair trimmed, it starts to look stringy pretty quickly.  The all one length, long cut that looked so great when we were not shedding hair can look just awful when you have telogen effluvium.  That’s because the changes in hair texture can mean that your hair doesn’t lay down correctly and the loss in volume can mean that long hair looks limp.

Many of us are tempted to cut our hair off and rock a very short style.  This DOES work for some folks, but you have to be careful if your hair is fine instead of coarse.  In some cases, a layered, short cut will show scalp if the hair does not have enough width to cover it.  You have to evaluate if your hair is coarse enough to cover all of your scalp when cut.  Generally speaking, a shorter layered style will work better for folks with coarse hair or kinky / curly / wavy hair than for folks with fine / straight hair.

For those with fine hair, a bob or blunt cut can work very well.  The bluntness of the ends can make it appear that you have more hair.  Another option is putting some wave or curl in your hair to add volume.  (Tell your stylist that you’re having hair loss if you are getting a perm so that she can be careful not to get as close to your roots and she can try to be as gentle as possible.)

Cheryl Burke’s style in old episodes of “Dancing With The Stars” (the side-swept bang blending into a blunt cut on one side) could help to camouflage a lack of volume, but only if your hair texture lays straight naturally.  You don’t want to choose a style that goes against your texture so that you are required to do a lot of blow drying, curling, or straightening.  You just don’t want to manipulate your hair by styling any more than you have to.

I always regretted it when I cut my hair too short to wear a pony tail.  I never wore my hair up every day when I was shedding because I didn’t want any traction problems.  But there were days when I just did not want to see shedding hair all over my clothes and it was a relief to be able to get my hair up so I just didn’t have to deal with it.  I also found that allowing my hair to dry in an upside down ponytail meant that I had volume when I took it down so that I would not have to manipulate it in order to get volume.

In short, the best style for telogen effluvium works with your hair’s texture and how your hair naturally lays.  You want a style that makes the hair look well kept without needing to manipulate it too much.  And you want a style that can camouflage the loss.  In my case, this was a bob that just brushed my shoulders and worked with my fine, wavy hair.  I could still put it in a ponytail when I wanted to.  And I didn’t need to style it that much in order for it to look okay.

Your best style may be different, but I’ve found it best to keep your hair trimmed when it’s shedding to avoid the stringy look.  If it would be helpful to read some tips for dealing with telogen effluvium,  feel free to check out my blog at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/

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Jun 13

How Much Time Does It Take To Cure Telogen Effluvium

By: Ava Alderman:  I sometimes hear from people who ask me what is the time frame to “cure” telogen effluvium or dramatic hair shedding.  Understandably, people want this “cure” to happen as soon as is possible.  Shedding what seems to be bucket loads of hair is not at all fun.  And you can start to become worried or paranoid that the shedding is going to dramatically change your appearance if it doesn’t stop.

Someone might say something like: “I have a wedding coming up in about nine weeks.  Can I cure my telogen effluvium before that?  I don’t want my hair to be falling all over my dress and I don’t want it to be thin in the wedding pictures.  So how would I go about curing it?”

Most experts will tell you that really, there isn’t a “cure” for telogen effluvium except for time.  Because technically, the shedding is happening because something has happened to the body (an illness, medications or diet, etc.) that causes some of the hair follicles to reset themselves.  So hair that was growing before suddenly begins to shed instead.  Once all of the hair that makes this switch sheds out and begins to regrow, then your hair should just resume with its normal cycles.  Yes, it may be a little more thin and you may have to be patient as it fills in.  But theoretically, there is no lasting damage to the follicles.  They have simply reset.

Where this gets tricky is that the follicles can be reset gradually.  Every hair that is going to be affected by the telogen effluvium does not shed out at one time.  As you probably already know, it happens over the course of weeks or even months. Experts will tell you that the process can take as long as three months (unless you have chronic telogen effluvium.)

There are also a few more issues that can complicate things.  There is often an inciting trigger that kicks off the telogen effluvium.  Many triggers are one-time events – like giving birth or having surgery.  They resolve by themselves.  But other triggers are ongoing – like hormonal changes, chronic illness, or a trigger that you just can’t be identified.  If the trigger doesn’t disappear, the shedding can sometimes continue.

Also, sometimes the shedding kicks off inflammation, that itself becomes a trigger.  And the stress that the TE causes can raise cortisol, which is a hormonal change, (and also a potential new trigger.)  Fortunately, some people do not experience this type of secondary trigger.  For them, the “cure” for TE is simply time.  They have to wait for all of the affected hair to reset.  For others, there is a need to lessen stress and to tame inflammation. If you are not sure which category you fall into, you can try to cover all of the bases by eating well, keeping stress levels down, combatting scalp inflammation, and asking yourself if you have eliminated the trigger or it is possibly ongoing.   Also, if the hair loss continues on, you want to ask yourself if its possibly another type of hair loss.  But if you are very early into this, it very well could still be telogen effluvium.

I hope that helps.  If you’d like to read about some things that helped me to get through a couple of different bouts of TE, you can check out my blog at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/

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May 30

Is My Scalp Tingling A Sign Of Regrowing Or Of More Hair Falling Out?

By: Ava Alderman:  I get a lot of correspondence from people with hair loss who are experiencing discomfort with their scalp.  Specifically, their scalp might be tight and painful.  It might feel tingly or have a “pins and needles” sort of sensation.  It may even be red and irritated.  Many people assume that this is part of the hair loss process.  But then when the sensation continues on, they start to question this assumption.  They may read that hair begins regrowing as soon as it falls out, so they may start to speculate that perhaps it is the regrowth process that is causing the discomfort and the tingling feeling.

Someone might ask: “my scalp has been bothering me for months now.  It started shortly after my hair started falling out from telogen effluvium.  I’ve never had dandruff, so I have never been someone who has to scratch my scalp or pick at it.  But ever since my hair started falling out, my scalp has itched, burned, and generally just made me aware of its presence.  If it is not slightly painful, it is sort of tingly.  I figured the hairs that were falling out might have been causing the discomfort. But then I talked to a friend of mine and she said she noticed her scalp tingling like that when she started hair growth vitamins.  So she says that what I am feeling is probably an indication of my hair actually growing and not falling out.  Who is right?”

I actually think that you are both right, at least in my experience. I’ve had telogen effluvium more than once. And every time, I have had scalp symptoms during both hair loss and hair regrowth.  Here is why.  You normally don’t feel it when your hair falls out or regrows because typically, only ten percent (at most) of your hair sheds out at any one time.  But when you have telogen effluvium, that percentage is higher.  A much higher amount of follicles are affected and become active.  This can create some inflammation, which can cause those burning / stinging / itching / tingling symptoms that we are all aware of.  However, those same follicles that were active during the fall also must be active during regrowth.  The follicle lost a hair in the beginning stage but then it must grow a hair in the regrowth stage.  Since there are so many follicles doing this at once, inflammation continues to be a possibility and of course we know that you can feel inflammation on the scalp.

I hope that this helps and answers the question.  Many notice that as the shedding begins to slow, the scalp symptoms get better.  If this isn’t the case or if you just need some relief, dandruff shampoo, scalpacin, and tea tree oil can all provide some temporary relief.  Once the cycle is over and you only have a small amount of follicles being affected by the growth / rest cycle, you should once again no longer be aware of the cycles that are happening with your scalp and you should no longer feel it.

I hope that helps.  If you’d like to read about some things that helped me cope with TE, you can check out my blog at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/

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May 16

Can Holding Your Head Upside Down Help With Telogen Effluvium?

By: Ava Alderman:  I’ve heard from a couple of people who asked me if regularly holding their head upside down would help to slow their telogen effluvium.  To paraphrase their concern, they might say: “my grandmother told me that if you hold you head upside down for 20 minutes per day, it will stop hair loss.  I want to try this, but my grandmother also told me to brush my hair one hundred strokes per day with a boar hair brush.  That was a disaster.  Is the upside down theory even remotely true?”

The Low Down On Inversion Therapy For Hair Loss:  There is a form of therapy for hair loss called inversion therapy that some feel has helped their hair loss.  To my knowledge, there have never been true clinical studies that have tested this method against placebo and compared the results.  But, there was a book written about this topic and there are some testimonials saying that the practice did slow hair loss and encourage regrowth.

The idea behind this is that by inverting your head, you are bringing blood flow to your scalp.  It is also said that inversion helps the lymphatic system, which in turn helps with inflammation (which can also cause hair loss.) Increasing blood flow to the scalp is not new.  This is what topicals like rogaine seek to accomplish (as well as products like the laser comb.)  I can’t see any harm in inverting your head for short periods of time, but know that the book in which this is discussed recommends using an inversion table and  starting very slowly.

Understanding Changing Hair Cycles: Since telogen effluvium happens because something has made your hair cycles switch from growing to resting, I highly doubt that increasing blood flow is going to change the hair cycles.  This is just my opinion, but when I had chronic telogen effluvium I used the laser comb, rogaine, and scalp massage.  And although I think none of these things hurt in terms of hair regrowth, they did not stop my telogen effluvium.  I had to stop the trigger, combat inflammation, and then wait for the cycle to reset itself.  It’s always a great idea to do whatever you can to support healthy regrowth.  But getting the hair back to growing mode means removing the original trigger (or waiting for it to pass.)  I just do not see how inversion would accomplish this, unless your hair loss is due to severe stress and the inversion relaxes you enough to severely decrease the stress.  The bottom line is most things are worth a try as long as they aren’t damaging.  I am not a doctor, but I don’t think there’s any harm in trying this.  However, I would think that it would be more beneficial for regrowth than with stopping the loss.  You can read more about my experiences with hair loss and some things that helped at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/

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