Would Telogen Effluvium Shedding Cause Hair to Break?
Sometimes I hear from people who notice a lot of broken hair coming out. They also often see very dry or loose hair with the presence of split ends. I heard of a woman who said, “I’ve noticed a lot of hair falling out on my clothes. But when I examine the hairs very closely, there is no root at the end. So I think the hairs are breaking off. I have a friend who suffered I had a hair loss last year and it says maybe I have telogen effluvium I did some research online and I’m not sure if this is correct I’m not sure if this type of hair loss causes breakage in addition to hair loss “. I will try to address this concern in the following article.
Hair that falls out due to telogen effluvium sheds from the root. It usually doesn’t break. (Although it may have some breaks.) I would like to clarify what happens to a hair when affected by this type of hair loss. Essentially, something causes it to change where it is in its growth cycle. This may be stress or some medical problem or illness. But true moulting of this type changes the hair from the growing phase to the shedding phase. And, as a result, that very hair falls out. What this means is that the root is no longer nourished in the growth phase, so the next part of its life cycle falls off. That’s why you can usually look at this type of hair and see a root, white bulb, or dark sheath around any of these.
What the woman in the previous scenario was describing was something different. She wasn’t seeing any evidence of a root. She was seeing broken hairs, which meant the roots were probably still intact and her affected hairs were probably still in the growth phase, which is not indicative of telogen effluvium. Although there are other possibilities. She will often see this type of breakage with some kind of damaging grooming practice like hot irons or very harsh chemical processes like hair straightening, perming, coloring or keratin treatments. Anything that can make your hair dry or brittle can cause this type of breakage or shedding.
Now, this is where it can get a bit confusing. Sometimes when you have telogen effluvium, your hair can become dry and limp because it is no longer being actively nourished. And when this happens, some of those hairs can break off. So it is definitely possible to see some worn hair that is rooted and some that is not. In this case, you would have a combination of two different processes. However, if you have this type of hair loss, you’ll see a lot of rooted hair, and you’re usually talking about a lot of hair coming out. Generally speaking, if there is a lot of hair, most of what you are looking at has a bulb or root, and you can identify a medical issue or trigger, then telogen effluvium is certainly possible. But, if you don’t have a trigger and are seeing fewer breakages, then think about whether you’ve been involved in something that could dry out or damage your hair. Because to answer the question posed, although TE hair can sometimes break, it is usually seen more with hair that has been damaged by a high temperature or harsh chemical process.