By: Ava Alderman: It can be a cruel irony. When you are shedding hair, you put your hair up in order to spare yourself the pain of having to deal with it, but then it can seem as if more hair comes out as a result. You might also notice a particular type of hair coming out as the result of your hair being put up.
Someone might say: “I have been shedding hair for about eleven weeks. I feel like it is really aggressive shedding. I’ve had seasonal types of sheds before. But this goes beyond that. It started after I went off of birth control pills, so I think that it is telogen effluvium. To keep the hair from getting all over my clothes and just annoying me, I put it up in a bun or a ponytail and that does help. This keeps me from having to pick the long hairs off of my clothes. But unfortunately, I notice all these small, short hairs all over my clothes when I wear my hair up. Is it the pulling that is bringing the short hairs out? This is really troubling because those short hairs are probably regrowth hairs. I like the relief of putting my hair up. But I don’t want to sacrifice those little hairs. They are the foundation of my hair in the future.”
I’m not sure that putting your hair up is pulling out the hairs. I think that it is more likely that since they aren’t being caught in the ponytail (since they are not yet long enough,) they are able to fall onto your clothing. I also think that it’s probable that they are caught up in the same shedding cycle as the rest of your hair. If shedding goes on for long enough – even the regrowth can get caught in the shedding cycle. Putting your hair up really doesn’t have anything to do with this. And once the telogen effluvium and shedding stops, the regrowth should stop shedding and can hopefully grow unimpeded.
I don’t see any reason to stop putting up your hair if it is giving you some relief. Hair would have to be long to be pulled out anyway and once hair is in the shedding cycle, it’s going to fall out eventually regardless of whether you’ve put it up or not. It’s just that the ponytail isn’t catching the short hairs to keep them from falling on your clothing. It feels like you’re sacrificing them, but you really aren’t. And once they are pushed out, a new hair is theoretically starting to regrow again anyway. Hopefully, there are no additional underlying triggers or inflammation and the shedding will stop soon. Once this happens, the regrowth to reach its full potential.
I know that it’s upsetting to see the short regrowth shedding out. But it’s simply a continuation of the cycle. As long as you know that you’ve addressed all possible triggers and are addressing inflammation, it can be a waiting game. You can read about some things that helped me when I had chronic telogen effluvium on my blog at http://stop-hair-loss-in-women.com/