Khloé Kardashian Had Severe Hair Loss After This Traumatising Event

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By Korin Miller, photography courtesy of Instagram

It’s the reason why she loves extensions and weaves.

The Kardashians have been open about their love of hair extensions and wigs for ages. But Khloé Kardashian just revealed that she’s been wearing a weave since she was a teenager—and there’s a story behind it.

According to a post on her blog, Khloé with a K, Khloé says that she started getting extensions from hair expert Maisha Oliver after she had a massive hair loss experience. “After my dad died and I lost the majority of my hair, Maisha made me these great weaves to conserve the hair I still had and help it get healthy again,” she wrote. “My natural long hair is protected underneath it all.”

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It’s crazy to think that emotional trauma caused Khloé to lose her hair, but Dr Gary Goldenberg, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, says it happens. “Hair loss can occur after a period of emotional or physical stress—illness, pregnancy, surgery, or a stressful situation such as death in the family,” he says. “This type of hair loss, known as telogen effluvium, is common.”

Telogen effluvium happens because a person’s body shuttles nutrients away from the hair follicles to more important organs after they suffer a stressful emotional or physical event, Goldenberg explains. Then, the hair follicles die. “When the body finally recovers, new hair follicles grow and push out the dead ones—this causes shedding,” he says.

Luckily, Dr Joshua Zeichner, a New York City-based board-certified dermatologist says this kind of hair loss is usually temporary. “It will return on its own, usually in about a year,” he says.

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If you’ve suffered hair loss and you suspect that it’s tied to stress or trauma, Zeichner says Rogaine foam can help (it helps enhance delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your scalp to promote hair growth and it may extend the actively growing phase of hair growth). Your dermatologist can also do something called platelet rich plasma injections or a new light-based device called theradome, which can help your hair grow back, Goldenberg says.

Hair loss happens, and it’s normal to some degree. But if you suffer from it and it bothers you, call your doctor.

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