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Diffuse Hair Loss (or Telogen Effluvium) is the excessive loss of hair which indicates an imbalance in your body. Excessive hair loss is the shedding of around 300 hairs in a 24 hour period. Most women on average lose around 50–100 hairs a day (about a golf-size ball of hair if rolled up), which is ok if the hair is growing back.
Diffuse Hair Loss is generally triggered by your body reacting to an event in your life that has distressed your body. This event would have occurred 8-12 weeks prior to you noticing excessive hair loss. Usually the body adjusts quickly after such an event and your excessive hair loss will only be temporary.
Rapid Weight Loss
This often leads to temporary Diffuse Hair Loss. The main point is not which diet you followed, but how quickly you lost weight. Rapid weight loss invariably leads to temporary hair loss as your body’s nutrients disregard non-essential cells like hair roots.
Starting or coming off medication can cause temporary Diffuse Hair Loss as your body experiences change, eg: stopping or changing birth control pills or using the day after pill. Once the body adjusts, hair regrowth recovers. However, some prescribed medications may cause hair loss by interfering with the growing activity of the hair.
A short-term illness of a fever (a temperature exceeding 39.5C) or stomach upset can trigger temporary Diffuse Hair Loss.
You may have suffered emotional stress during a divorce or bereavement in the past 3 months, or experienced a sudden shock or trauma, all of which can initiate temporary Diffuse Hair Loss.
When pregnant the hormonal changes a woman experiences can increase the hair growth stage resulting in thicker hair. After giving birth, the temporary increase of hair retained during pregnancy is shed. This is often mistaken for excessive hair loss. Once the excess hair is shed the hair cycle will normalise and the original density of hair will return. Please seek professional help if you experience continual hair loss.
Suffering from Diffuse Hair Loss longer than 4 months is a strong indication of an underlying medical or nutritional issue. We have listed 3 common issues that often affect women. If you think your excessive hair loss may be related to any of these causes please consult with our Trichologists for an expert diagnosis.
A low amount of red blood cells in your system (Iron Deficiency Anaemia) can result in hair loss. Some women are prone to iron deficiency due to regular heavy blood loss during menstruation.
Women are 5 to 8 times more likely to suffer from Thyroid dysfunction than men. Having an underactive thyroid (hypothyroid) or an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroid) is a common cause of hair loss and hair thinning.
Keratin is a fibrous structural protein, a key building block for your hair. It comprises 80-85% of hair structure making your hair strong and healthy. If you are deficient in protein your hair will become brittle and shed prematurely.
If the cause of your hair loss is temporary, your hair will start to regrow naturally over a 3 month period. However, you may wish for regrowth to happen faster. If that’s the case we recommend our topical Kankho hair stimulant products that are available in varying strengths at our online store.
If left untreated the continuation of Chronic Diffuse Hair Loss can lead to permanent hair loss. We recommend a hair mineral analysis to assist our Trichologists to diagnose any nutritional deficiencies that may be causing your hair loss. Once the underlying problem has been treated and resolved you will begin to experience normal hair regrowth again.
Our nutritional supplements have been specifically formulated to help strengthen and restore hair growth. Supplements should always be taken in conjunction with a healthy, well-balanced diet. If you are unsure which of our supplements is right for you contact our Trichologists to discuss your concerns.
Consultation With A Trichologist
If you think you are suffering from Chronic Diffuse Hair Loss we strongly recommend a consultation with our Trichologists for an expert diagnosis on the causes of your hair loss.