Poor hair health commonly takes one of the following forms:
Telogen Effluvium is the name given to temporary hair thinning from any area of the scalp and is common post pregnancy, after a period of stress or hormonal changes or as a result of poor diet. The hair follicles are interrupted, go into a resting phase and stay that way for months. After that hair tends to fall out in chunks, which is frightening to many people. The good news is that in most cases telogen effluvium is temporary and the hair growth will eventually return to normal. Women suffer from this more than men because one of the causes are the hormonal changes of childbirth or hormonal changes that result from stopping oral contraceptives. Some women may find that their hair drops out three months after giving birth, but usually returns to normal about a year later. Other causes of telogen effluvium can be major surgery, crash diets, hypo or hyper thyroidism, infections or other physical or mental traumas like being involved in an accident, the death of a loved one or even divorce. Medications that cause telogen effluvium are often blood thinners or drugs that treat high cholesterol.