This is a sudden loss of hair typically occurring after chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy works by targeting cells that are rapidly multiplying (like cancer cells), but this also has the effect of damaging hair follicles in the hair growth stage.
About 90% of hair follicles are in the growth stage at any one time, so anagen effluvium will affect a large area of the scalp.
It generally looks like diffuse hair loss (i.e. an even loss all over the head), instead of localised or patchy.
Anagen effluvium is reversible and hair re-growth normally happens when the therapy stops - but the hair re-growth may be a different colour or texture.
How we can help
From a cosmetic point of view, we can potentially help once your hair has stabilised and is starting to grow back.
Depending upon the length of your hair and the pattern of loss, we can either use carefully applied and baby-fine Mark Glenn hair extensions as a temporary measure whilst your hair grows back; or alternatively, our more advanced Kinsey System for female hair loss where the loss is more substantial.
We can advise accordingly during a free consultation at our London studio.