I was recently contacted by someone who had suffered from a huge bout of hair loss. The person was very hopeful that they would soon be on the mend and they were hoping that they would begin to see some regrowth in the coming days. The problem was that they had read that when your hair begins to regrow, it’s normal to experience itching, tingling, and tightness during the process. This person was not feeling any of these things. Her scalp felt totally normal and she wondered if she should worry about this. She wanted to know if her not feeling any itching or other troublesome symptoms meant that she wasn’t regrowing hair. I will tell you what I told her in the following article.
It Can Be Normal To Feel Itching As Regrowth Begins, But It Doesn’t Always Happen And It’s Absence Doesn’t Always Mean That Something’s Wrong: The truth is that it’s quite common to experience some discomfort as regrowth begins, especially if you’ve had a huge amount of hair loss that must be replaced. When a large amount of follicles have been affected and are now going through different parts of their cycles, this can manifest itself physically. This might result in some inflammation which can manifest itself in all sorts of ways like the appearance of a pink or red scalp, itching, burning, tightness, tingling, or other odd sensations.
And, as the hair begins to regrow and comes in contact with these follicles, these responses may become even more intense and noticeable. However, not everyone gets this inflammation or experiences these responses. There are some people who either don’t have as many follicles at play or are some of those lucky individuals who escape this process. And sometimes, the itching and tingling aren’t due to regrowth at all. They are due to inflammation and androgens that are contributing to the hair loss in the first place.
So, the absence or presence of itching is not always good or bad. It could mean regrowth (which is good.) Or, it could mean inflammation and androgens (which could be bad.) And, there are other ways to tell if you’re regrowing hair or have androgens at play other than the fact that you’re scalp is giving you problems.
Others Things Besides Itching That Can Tell You That You’re Regrowing Hair: You can take a look at some other things to determine if hair is regrowing. You can pull back the hair in the front (by the bang line) to see if there are any new baby hairs there. You can part your hair in the opposite way than what you normally would to see if any new hairs poke out. And you can place powder or dry hair spray in your hair (on dry hair) right before you are going to wash it anyway to see if any stray and short hairs are standing at attention. (The tiny hairs can sometimes be difficult to see so the white color makes this easier.)
Another thing that you can do is look at the health of that regrowth. If it is dark colored and matches the texture of the rest of your hair, then there is a better chance that you’re not dealing with androgens (because the hair might potentially be miniaturized in that case.) And healthy looking shorter hairs indicate that it’s more likely that what you’re seeing is regrowth from telogen effluvium or some other aggressive hair loss that doesn’t involve androgens.