Telogen effluvium (TE) is the second most common form of hair loss most dermatologists see. When a woman is actively shedding hair during an effluvium (meaning ‘outflow’), it can be exasperating, depressing, and scary.
Sometimes a TE shed, as our forum members frequently call their thinning hair loss, can last for months or even years. Occasionally, it will appear as if the shedding occurs along with your menstrual cycle (cyclical shedding). Women with TE never completely lose all their scalp hair, but the hair can be noticeably thin in severe cases. Whatever form of hair loss your telogen effluvium takes, it is fully reversible.
Things that can help minimize a telogen effluvium shed (or hair thinning):
- Sometimes skipping a shampoo for a day will make it seem as though more hair comes out the next time you wash. Many of our forum members say it helps to shampoo your hair every day.
- Use an apple cider vinegar hair rinse once per week.
- Blot your hair dry with a towel instead of vigorously rubbing your hair.
- Apply a light conditioning cream to your hair after towel drying to protect it from unnecessary breakage.
Things that can help boost volume and give the illusion of thick hair:
- Visit a professional hair salon professional in your area and request a cut that will give your hair more bounce and move lightly (generally just below the chin and lightly touching the shoulders). Highlights and lowlights using foil can also give the illusion of thicker, fuller hair.
- Use a gentle hair care product that has thickening properties. Some of our forum members’ favorites include: Tigi Bedhead Superstar Sulfate Free Thickening Line, WEN Lavender Conditioning Cleanser, WEN Sweet Almond Conditioning Cleanser, Aquage Sulfate Free Shampoos and Conditioners, and Aquage Thickening Style Gel.
- Loosely piling your hair up on top of your head and then piecing random pieces of hair with a good hair texturizer makes thinning hair look healthy and thick.
Supplements can be a controversial topic in matters of hair loss. Many women who have recovered from telogen effluvium agree that you should steer clear of unnecessary supplements unless you have had blood tests to diagnose any vitamin deficiencies that can contribute to your hair loss. For example, if you are iron deficient or anemic, you should take a doctor recommended amount of iron supplements. Iron deficiency is known to cause or aggravate hair loss.
It’s important to remember that one supplement that worked for one woman may not work for you. Our bodies are unique and unnecessary supplements and medicines may do more harm than good.