It is common for people starting out on a treatment for alopecia in the hope of finding a satisfactory solution to balding, to experience a very concerning reaction early on in the process. Specifically, they suffer from hair loss in the first stage of their chosen anti-baldness treatment. This phenomenon is called hair shedding. Let’s take a look at what this involves.

Misinformation, pessimism and lack of perseverance are three key factors that can influence the results a patient sees in an anti-baldness treatment. This lack of information means that the majority of patients are completely unaware of one of the most scary reactions that can occur during the early stages of an anti-baldness treatment: shedding, a condition that accelerates hair loss due to a bodily reaction to a particular anti-baldness technique.

What is hair shedding?

Shedding is a reaction in the capillary activity of the scalp in response to the application of a hair loss treatment, characterised by an increased rate of hair loss. Specialists explain that this is normal and there is currently no way of avoiding the process, which is seen during the first three months of the treatment.

What to do if the hair loss continues for more than three months?

Three months is really just a standard period that can last for a longer or shorter time depending on the characteristics of the patient, and the treatment they have chosen. In some cases, patients experience shedding for more than three months, something that causes them to feel somewhat alarmed and insecure.

However, they forget that this stage is caused by the body’s initial rejection of the treatment, which can be caused by exposure to stressful situations, irregular administration of pharmaceutical drugs, a bad reaction by the scalp for genetic reasons, and so on.

Whatever the case, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist specialised in capillary treatments in order to supervise the management and application of the chosen treatment. This way, the doctor can advise on what is the best way to proceed, and resolve any irregular situation that occurs.

Hair Shedding

Hair follicles during hair shedding

Patients often ask about the condition of the hair follicles while the shedding effect is active. During this time, the hair follicles are not destroyed as most patients believe, but instead enter into a rest phase. So it is important to remember that during shedding, the follicles move from a growth phase to a rest phase.

This means the follicles are not destroyed, but simply become temporarily inactive. Consequently, when they return to the growth phase, the scalp is noticeably stronger and the effects of the treatment become evident. Indeed, the medicine is administered specifically to help the follicles take advantage of this rest stage, so they can receive the all the stimuli necessary to produce new and better quality hair.

Why does hair shedding happen?

Shedding happens because, at the start of a treatment, the follicles that are in the growth phase move to the rest phase, and consequently the hair starts to detach itself from the scalp. Afterwards, a process occurs whereby the administered nutrients become absorbed and reactivate the cycle, so hair is produced once more.

Patience and perseverance

The key to getting through the shedding stage successfully is to have patience and to apply the treatment regularly. Many patients completely lose faith when they first see the hair loss and forget that, as explained above, it is a completely natural process.

While those who — despite not being happy with this negative reaction — continue their treatment in a disciplined way, end up with some fantastic results, and are left with a strong scalp and an effective solution for alopecia.

Everything you ever wanted to know about hair shedding