I recently received a letter from someone who was trying to determine if the losing hair may be the result of an alopecia androgenica (AGA) or Telogen effluvium (TE.) The woman had noticed an alteration in the texture of her hair. The texture she described was one where there have been a lot of “fly away” hairs current. She wanted to know if the existence of these hairs that were unruly indicated she might have the condition of AGA and TE. I replied that you could experience these changes in texture with either of these situations (as well as in other medical conditions.) I’ll go over why this is true in the following article.
What causes you to see textural Changes or “Fly Away Hair” With Texture:As your hair grows and eventually sheds out, it is done through three distinct levels. Hair is rising when it’s in the anagen section which may last for many years. This is the time when hair is healthy and active in nourishing itself.
The next section (which is often thought as a transitional one,) is the catagen section, which is a few weeks. In this time the hair is ready to shed. The hair’s root shrinks just a bit to make room for this. At this point hair won’t look its best and could end up with an dull appearance (but this is just the case for the small portion of hairs in this particular section.)
The last section is known as the telogen portion. This might sound familiar to you if you’re experiencing losing hair since when you’ve had T.E., you’ve noticed an increased quantity of hairs that could be moving into this shedding section at the same time. Hair remains inside the follicle but it’s not actively growing. Normally, you’ll have 10 % to 15 percent of hair strands within your scalp in this area as quickly as. With TE, the number will rise. This is the reason why you will notice noticeable changes in the texture. Hairs in this stage may appear different due to the fact that they aren’t rising or being fed.
If you shed hair at a regular rate then there would probably not be enough hair to be noticeable or change the general appearance of your hair. However, if you’re having telogen effluvium issues, you might have more of these strands, which means the changes in feel become more evident and, consequently, more noticeable.
Why Do You Find Hairs with Miniaturized Appearances The “Cotton Candy” Appearance In AGA:Some individuals will inform me that the flying away hairs appear to have the general appearance of being soft or feeling like cotton candy. This is usually due to the fact that a portion hairs are growing but are negatively impacted by the same androgens causing the loss of hair in the initial place. The hairs that are affected may grow in a way that is more beautiful and slim in the texture. This is referred to as miniaturization. If you’ve noticed a lot of hairs or regions that could be affected in as little as possible, you’ll typically find many hairs that lie flat since they’re not carrying sufficient weight to hold them.
People often inform me that if you take out a long and tiny hair and then press it against the air, you might find that it doesn’t drop down as often. It instead hangs in the air and appears to float like feathers. It’s because it isn’t weighed down by normal hair. There is a tendency to see common hair that is textured in non-affected areas and then compare them and notice a noticeable differences.
Most people want to know whether I can help people to understand the difference between the tiny hairs of AGA and the changes in textural in the TE. It’s a challenge because I am not aware of what is “normal” or “typical” for the person who is asking. It is best to leave this to experts and specialists however both circumstances may give the appearance of unruly , or “flyaway” hair. Other medical issues (especially those related to thyroid and hormones) may result in this type of appearance.