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The Effects of Weight Loss on Hair

If you are trying to lose weight and making progress, that’s great news! However, you may have noticed the hairs on your head thinning. Hair loss is a complicated process that can be influenced by changes in your daily routine, including losing weight. For the body to lose weight, there needs to be a shortage of calories. The number of calories that are consumed each day can affect the amount of energy available for the body to replace hair. Consequently, many people who lose weight also experience some level of hair loss. The good news is: losing weight can be a healthy improvement to your life, and your hair is likely to grow back after several months.

Hair Cycle

When our bodies go through significant changes, such as dramatic weight loss, it’s possible to trigger a condition known as telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium can disrupt the body’s regular hair cycle, causing temporary balding across the scalp. During the anagen phase, the hair on the scalp grows at a rate of ½-inch to 1-inch per month. This process lasts for 3 to 5 years before entering the catagen phase, a transitional stage that only lasts ten days. Afterward, the hair enters a third, and final phase, known as the telogen phase.

The telogen phase is a part of the cycle when hair growth stops, and the body promotes the hair’s release. After a resting period of approximately three months, the hair cycle will start again at the anagen phase. Each hair follicle goes through the hair cycle independently of one another, and each one can be at a different stage from the other follicles surrounding it. If they didn’t, hair loss would occur at the same time across the entire scalp, and you would be bald for three months at a time, every few years. Instead, the average person sheds 100 hairs each day as the cycle continues.

If you are noticing hair loss while simultaneously losing weight, don’t stress about it! However, if the hair loss becomes severe, Hairline Ink is dedicated to providing our clients with the most accurate information available so that you can make informed decisions about your options. Hair loss can cause problems for individuals, like low self-esteem. Hairline Ink is proud to restore confidence in our clients through an advanced technique known as scalp micropigmentation. Call us at (585) 250-0835 to learn more today!

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