How can one identify a telogen hair?

Hairs that are shed from the scalp are known as telogen hairs. These hairs lack pigment at the very end and do not have a root sheath around the ends either. Telogen hairs are known as "club hairs."

I always encourage my patients to bring in hairs they shed if they are worried about the type of hair they are seeing. 99.9 % of the time the hairs they see are telogen hairs. About 30-70 telogen hairs are released from the scalp each day. In some hair loss conditions (such as telogen effluvium), an increased number of telogen hairs are released every day

Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887

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