Hair Growth After Hair Loss - Tips for Making it Through Those Awkward Stages

Hair growth after hair loss is a fantastic signal that your hair is in recovery. You should breathe a big sigh of relief because it also means your loss wasn't permanent. Fifty percent of people who lose their hair, never get it back. You've obviously dodged a bullet but now what?

Even though you're not completely out of the woods just yet, you can make your life easier just by being proactive. Use the tips on this page to help you get through the daunting task of growing your hair back out.

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In 2010, after having severe intestinal issues, my hair started falling out. It wasn't obvious at first but over time, the amount of hair that I was losing was. Thankfully, after getting the proper medical attention and recovering, my hair loss stopped. However, it took a couple of months before I noticed any visible new growth. I was one of the lucky ones.

People lose their hair for a variety of different reasons, which can include: illness, hormonal swings, heredity, nutritional deficiencies, autoimmunity, anxiety, and general health. Remember too, that even high profile celebrities lose their hair! Everyone is fair game!

When you start to recover from hair loss, it can be an exciting discovery but the process of growing your hair back out is never thrilling. This becomes especially true when you have long hair. Also, the hair that grows back after hair loss, can have a different texture or even pattern. You'll have to discern any changes you notice, although there's nothing really you can do about them.

When your hair starts growing out a couple of inches, you can begin to do some damage control. Here are a few tips for hair growth after hair loss that can help your hair look better, even through some of the awkward stages.

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Tips for Hair Growth After Hair Loss

  • If you weren’t taking any vitamins before you lost your hair, you definitely need to start one after hair loss. One of the best hair growth vitamins you can take is this extraordinary B vitamin here, which will give you the most bang for your bucks.

  • It never ceases to amaze me that many women with long hair never seem to want to cut it, no matter how bad it really looks. However, if you’ve lost a lot of volume, your hair can look sparse. When you add in those little spurts of new growth you’re getting back, it can create a real hair mess. For women with really long locks, it can look even worse.

    One of the easiest ways to disguise those shorter pieces of hair is to create some layers, which will help them blend with the rest of your hair. Check out a variety of layering methods on this page.

  • The best way to cope with new hair growth after hair loss is to go ahead and cut off some length. Depending on your present style, you may not have to cut a lot but unfortunately, your new growth will not be able to ‘catch up’ with the rest of your hair for many years to come. In fact, the sooner you cut it, the sooner your hair will look fuller again.

    Excessively short hairstyles (like a Pixie cut) may make your hair loss even more obvious. Opt for medium length hairstyles that help hide any bald spots you may still have. Very few people grow their hair back 100 percent.

  • Short hair pieces sticking out are worse for those with curly hair but can also cause problems in straight styles. Use plenty of conditioner to help smooth out new hair growth as you need it.

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  • Hair loss always seems to happen MORE on one side of the head than the other. If you use a side part but that's the side that's missing hair, try parting your hair on the side. This will cut down on the visibility of empty spaces.

  • Use bandanas, headbands, or scarfs to help hide new hair growth. After hair loss, new growth tends to stick UP. Covering those pieces helps hide new growth initially.

  • Be gentle with your hair as its growing back in. New growth might be finer or weaker than your other hair so don’t be overly aggressive with your hair.

  • If you’re game, change your hairstyle. After hair loss might just be a good time for a new perspective! Advantages of short styles are better versatility and control, shorter drying times and the creation of buzz.

    If you have really long hair and cut it short, you can send it to Locks of Love. What is it? It's an organization that supplies hair to monetarily disadvantaged children in the U.S. and Canada, who are suffering from long-term medical conditions.

  • Sometimes, new hair grows in a different color than the rest of your hair. If that's the case, trying a new hair color might be just what the doctor ordered - to help hide hair growth after hair loss.

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    Remember that nothing bad lasts forever. You should be happy and feel very fortunate about having hair growth after hair loss. Not everyone is as lucky! You can get through awkward stages if you count your blessings and put your focus elsewhere. Maybe losing hair is not the end of the world after all.

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