My Telogen Effluvium Recovery Story | What Telogen Effluvium Regrowth Looks Like

Last Updated on August 18, 2022

In December 2018/January 2019, my hair started falling out.  Now some of you that have been around for a while, will know that I’ve not coped well with being an expat. Then my body decided it wanted to make sure that I knew that too.  In this post I’ll be talking about why my hair fell out, how it affected me mentally, the ways I tried to cope with my hair loss, how long my hair was falling out for and how I tried to help assist with its regrowth. This is my Telogen Effluvium recovery story!

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*Please note that I am not a doctor, this is based on my hair loss experience.  Consult a doctor before changing your diet etc.  Everyone’s experience with hair loss is different.*

Hair loss journey

The whole complete story in detail was too long for a blog post. I published a book about it on Amazon worldwide in both ebook and paperback versions. This is the link to the US store but if you search for ‘Kylie Neuhaus’ it’ll come up in the search results.

Dealing With Stress Related Hair Loss: My Story

Dealing with Stress Related Hair Loss: My Story by Kylie Neuhaus

Recovery From Telogen Effluvium

Alopecia Areata or Telogen Effluvium

Originally the doctor diagnosed me with Alopecia Areata, hair loss which is part of a PERMANENT autoimmune disorder which tends to ‘show itself’ in your teenage years…I’m now in my 30s.  The biggest similarity to my condition is that with Alopecia Areata the hair falls out in ‘areas’. I had one big circular patch that fell out.

Aside from that, everything else seemed to point more towards Telogen Effluvium. This is where something like shock or stress can send lots of the hair into the Telogen stage of the hair cycle.  We all lose hair on a daily basis but Telogen Effluvium is when lots go into that stage at once.  This certainly makes sense for how the majority of my hair fell out.

The timeline matched and the Dermatologist put it down to stress, not an autoimmune disorder. I thought the first doctor was rude anyway so I’m going to say that he was wrong. I’ll go with what the Dermatologist said it was.

Female hair loss
(All the white scalp shouldn’t be showing. This is also after hair fibres kinda stained the top of my hair too!)

Telogen Effluvium Timeline | How Long Does Telogen Effluvium Last

This was the thing I wanted to know the most.  When was my hair going to stop falling out.  This is a rough timeline of my hair loss journey:

Trigger event: October 2018

Hair started falling out: End of December 2018

Went to doctor: Beginning of January 2019

Referred to Dermatologist: End of January 2019

Steroid injections: End of February 2019

Hair fall started to ‘slow down’: Beginning of April 2019 (101 days after it started)

Fall out STOPPED: Beginning of June 2019 (5 months)

Regrowth noticeably started: Beginning of June 2019

How Hair Loss Affected Me Mentally

I really struggled with feeling out of control.  My hair was falling out through stress. But I was now even more stressed because of what was happening, so how the hell was I meant to stop it?!  I didn’t know what to do and it kinda felt like I just had to sit back and wait for what was going to happen, to happen.  

At the time I didn’t really know how long it was going to be falling out for and I didn’t know how bad it was going to get.  Trying to understand it by doing my own research most of the time just made me feel worse.  Seeing pictures of how bad it got for other people just freaked me out.


For a long time, I couldn’t sleep.  Looking back I’m not really too sure how I even managed to function at my job. I was running on empty.  Big time. I would get paranoid that having my head on a pillow would ‘rub’ more hair off my head. When I finally did fall asleep, I’d suddenly wake up grabbing at my head thinking a massive chunk had fallen out.

Since sharing my Telogen Effluvium recovery, people have since shared with me that wearing a satin sleep cap is great for avoiding tangles when sleeping. This was part of the reason I struggled to sleep. I was dreading my hair become knotted during the night. Apparently using a sleep cap can help avoid this.

The only thing that managed to get me to fall asleep was to listen to meditation apps. It didn’t stop the waking up in the night, but at least I could actually fall asleep at a reasonable time, rather than tossing and turning for hours.

Every day ‘jobs’ became a chore.  I didn’t like brushing my hair because that’s when the most would fall out. Same with washing it because I lost a lot during that time too.  I decided not to change my hair, as I thought the ‘recovery’ time would be quicker if I just looked like myself.  Instead, I just used what I had left, to try and cover up what had gone.  

I actually didn’t even go to the hairdressers during this time because I didn’t want them violently washing it or tugging on it with brushes.  I didn’t use any heat on it while it was falling out either, so no hair dryers or straighteners.

Shampoos I Used During My Hair Loss:

Lush Shampoo Bars

Nioxin Hair Care Kit System 2 for Fine Hair with Progressed Thinning (I was sent this kit for free as part of a product review site I’m part of)

OGX (Thick & Full) Biotin & Collagen Shampoo + Conditioner 19.5oz, Duo-Set (I loved this stuff, it smelt so good and made my hair feel nice)

Things I Bought In Preparation To Cover Up Hair Loss:

As a way of feeling in control of the situation, I bought things that I could use to cover up any patches if it got to the point where I needed a ‘quick fix’.

Head Bands

Toppik Hair Building Fibers, 3g

Telogen Effluvium Diet | What I Ate To Encourage Hair Growth

Diet can sometimes be the cause of hair loss if you’re not getting enough of the right vitamins and minerals.  I was pretty sure I still was, I hadn’t changed my eating habits but I made sure I was giving my body enough of the things that it needed to encourage hair growth.

The Dermatologist even asked if I was vegetarian, because lack of meat can actually be a cause.  A lot of vitamins and minerals can be taken in supplement form but I wanted to eat as much ‘naturally’ as I could.

I did take supplements of Biotin for almost 11 months (I took this brand for a while: Spring Valley 10000mcg Biotin Dietary Supplement).  Biotin can be found naturally in the form of vitamin B7 which can be found in foods such as:

  • eggs (in the yolk, however RAW eggs can actually stop biotin from being absorbed by the body!)
  • almonds
  • spinach
  • shredded wheat

I switched to ‘Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Hair, Skin & Nails Extra Strength‘ which has biotin and several of the other vitamins and minerals that I mention combined.

Lack of zinc can slow hair growth.  Alcohol can lower zinc levels in the body so I cut out alcohol. Not that I was a big drinker anyway.

Magnesium is meant to help with stress, depression and anxiety. This can be found in spinach and almonds too along with dark chocolate and avocado.

When your immune system is low, such as when you have a cold, it can sometimes make more hair fall out.  I work in a school with kids that don’t always cover coughs and sneezes or wash their hands properly so again I then became paranoid.  I’d use Emergen-C 1000mg Vitamin C Dietary Supplement to try and keep my immune system up.

(I asked the dermatologist if it was OK for me to take the biotin and Emergen-C supplements and he said it was fine for my situation)

What Does Telogen Effluvium Regrowth Look Like?

Hair regrowth
(8th month: Telogen Effluvium regrowth)

Should I Use Topical Steroids For Hair Loss?

Looking back, if it was to happen again (fingers crossed it won’t), I probably wouldn’t bother with using a topical steroid.  I don’t think it particularly sped anything up. It just meant that every evening I had to touch my giant bald hole, when I just wanted to pretend that it didn’t exist.  At the 2 month mark I actually had the steroid injected straight into my head. As you can imagine wasn’t that fun.  After I had the injections, I stopped using the liquid steroids.

Other than the main ‘hole’ I was losing hair all over my head, but not in patches, it just got really thin.  The problem with steroids is that you can’t use them across a large area, so I could only really use it on the worst patch.

Hair regrowth
(9th month: Telogen Effluvium regrowth)

Talking About It Helped Me The Most To Deal With Hair Loss

The best thing I did to cope with my hair loss was to talk about it.  I was surprised with the amount of private messages that I was sent from people that had been going through the same thing but felt like they couldn’t tell anyone.  Essentially suffering in silence.  

I found that by talking to people, not only would it not be a shock to people if suddenly I was to wake up one morning and be half bald, but I could ask other people that had been through it about their experiences or things that had worked for them.  By doing this, I pieced together all the bits of advice to find something that worked best for me.

I also decided to start talking about it on my YouTube channel. I never showed visuals of the worst bald patch. That was something that freaked me out when going through it. I didn’t want it to stress out other people that was going through the same thing.  If I was suffering, the least I could do was to maybe help someone else that was experiencing it too.

How Do You Know When Telogen Effluvium Is Ending?

For me it was a case of almost a ‘black and white’ ending. I chanced going to the hair dressers at the beginning of June. I hadn’t been for a whole year and was just about to go away for the whole summer. Washing my hair had caused a lot of anxiety and I was scared to let someone else do it instead.

It was also hard to find the courage to tell the lady that I actually had a giant bald patch but she didn’t act surprised or anything, which was nice. I noticed a lot came out as it was tangled around her fingers, but amazingly the next day I only had like 4 hairs fall out when I brushed it in the morning. The lack of hair that came out was enough for me to think ‘this might be the end’!

Thankfully I was right, every day afterwards continued with the same trend, only a couple of hairs would come out when brushing. I was back to normal after 5 months of it falling out!

How long does it take to recover from Telogen Effluvium?

Where I Am Now In My Telogen Effluvium Recovery

It’s now been 2 years since my hair started falling out. As you can see by the timeline it has stopped and is growing back.  I felt the lowest between March – June 2019. That’s when I was self conscious of how thin my hair looked.  As bad as it sounds, I did even photoshop a few of my photos to fill in how much ‘white scalp’ I could see.  It’s not something I’ve ever really felt the need to do in the past but in this situation it felt like a ‘harmless’ edit.

Six Flags Great America Illinois
One of my photoshops…

It was only when it was growing back that I could really tell just how much I had actually lost.  It was a weird feeling because the short bits growing back would often blow in the wind and almost felt like I was being blown off balance. They were in big enough chunks that I could actually feel those areas being ‘pushed around’!

Telogen Effluvium Recovery Story | 1 Year Regrowth

Other than the chunks that’d often stick out, I started to feel ‘normal’ again around the 7 month mark. Purely because my head was back to ‘hair colour’ again, it no longer looked white and thin.  Even with the regrowth sticking up at weird angles, for the most part I could hide them or clip the worst of it out the way until it was long enough to start properly blending in!


Obviously depending on how long your hair is, depends on how long it will take you to ‘fully recover’. I went for another hair cut in October 2020 once I had returned to the UK (just under 2 years since it started falling out). The hairdresser made a passing comment asking if I ‘twirl’ my hair because there was a bit that was shorter and it didn’t even click what she had meant.

I hadn’t really noticed the regrowth anymore. Most of it was long enough to blend in with the rest of my hair again. It was only after I left that I realised she had probably spotted the chunk of regrowth being a different length. Although where that part was located on my head, after the haircut, I think now that bit is probably close to being the same length as the rest.

I can happily say that I haven’t had any more signs of more falling out or of it reoccurring. Hopefully my recovery is done! Hooray!

If you’re experiencing Telogen Effluvium or have any questions, please feel free to message me. I’m all ears if ever you need someone to talk to 🙂 

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22 thoughts on “My Telogen Effluvium Recovery Story | What Telogen Effluvium Regrowth Looks Like

  1. Wow! My situation is similar. Just today I complaint that my hair was getting long and was in the way.
    I lost so much hair in January 2019, but it was due to hair dye.
    It broke off so I had a pineapple growing on the top of my head. Plus a lot fell out as well.
    It was horrific and I too wonder how I survived at work! I wish I could behind a laptop, but nope, I am a teacher 😑

    I personally used the Redken shampoo and it helped. Biotin is also somethinh I take and believe it helps.

    If you want to try something unconventional, try to google : inversion method.
    It helps me, but it’s messy and time consuming.

    Hope the hair keeps on growing!

    1. Ta! I still have some of the ‘bad’ photos on my iPod and they still freak me out a bit looking at them but these things are sent to try us!

    1. It was about the same every day from the beginning…I tried to count individual hairs 🙈and when I brushed it in the morning I’d lose around 100…counting now, normal is less than 10 for me.

  2. I was just diagnosed with chronic telogen effluvium too please what advice can you give me I was asked to see a gynecologist for some hormonal test first

    1. Hello! I hope you are doing ok! Yes, I would recommend the same, I had blood tests done to make sure there wasn’t anything majorly wrong elsewhere in my body but mine was down to stress in the end. So it was just an out of sync cycle that ended up correcting itself after 5 months!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing. I have been losing what seems like an INSANE amount of hair every day since beginning of September. I’ve lost about 50% of hair. What were the differentiating factors between alopecia and telogen effluvium? That’s the main thing im worried about- that it won’t grow back ! 🙁

    1. Sounds like me. It seems that the cycle is 5 months. So if it’s September it might be end of January before it stops…I’m not a doctor but it seems from my research is that alopecia is an autoimmune disorder so it’s something that happens ‘for life’. It also falls out in big bald patches rather than it thinning all over. TE is triggered by an event, such as stress, shock, an operation…the hair just goes into a crazy cycle of growing rather than it attacking and essentially killing the hair follicles. Hopefully that makes sense?

  4. Thank you for this. I had COVID-19 in Sept of 2021 and in Dec I notice a very large amount of my hair coming out after I washed it. It’s now Feb 2022 and it’s still shedding. But I do see some signs of regrowth. Im taking my vitamins and added Biotin.

    1. Oh no! I hope you are ok! Sounds like a similar timeline to me (although mine wasn’t Covid)…so hopefully you might see signs of slowing down in April! My fingers are crossed for you!

  5. I had. Covid 19 in sept 2021 and started losing my hair in December. Thank you for posting this I felt so alone. I felt like I was the only one going through this. I’m starting to see signs of regrowth. I take my vitamins and biotin. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

  6. This is a tough thing to go thru. I had surgery and Covid in October and beginning of November 2021. Also had vitamin D deficiency. Hair was falling out like crazy. Everything for me was classic TE. Has slowed down a lot now. Hoping I am in the recovery phase now. Have new growth around my temples and hoping to see more. Thanks for your honesty…

    1. Sorry you went through all of that, it’s a lot! Fingers crossed that you are out the other side now and things start improving for you!

  7. Hi, Thanks a lot for sharing this…it helped me to relax and gave hope…very very helpful…i have one question, did your scalp have itching and pain during recovery process and did you feel burning sensation some time ? please please reply

  8. Thanka for the reply…did you feel that your scalp is stressed ? when you were panicked or couldnt not sleep frequently you used to wash your hair ?

    1. The only time it went strange was after I had the steroid injections and I got a lot of dandruff in that area (I wished I hadn’t bothered having the injections). I washed it maybe twice a week? I tried to avoid it if possible just because it made me feel worse.

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