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White Bulb on Hair Follicle – A Sign of Hair Loss?

Updated: Feb 27


While the loss of hair with a white bulb attached can be a normal occurrence, you may have reason to worry if the loss of such hair is excessive.

This can be an indicator of telogen effluvium or pattern baldness and, without treatment, can worsen.

In this post, I’ll break down the structure of the hair strand, as well as the hair growth cycle. You’ll learn what the white bulb is, and whether its presence on the base of your fallen hair is a sign of hair loss.

In addition, I’ll show you a few ways you can put an end to excess hair loss, and ways to treat conditions related to telogen thinning, including stress relief and diet overhaul.

The White Bulb – What Is It?

The one thing that scares people about the presence of a white bulb is its confusion with the root. After all, hair grows from the root, so no root means no more hair growth.


There’s good news however; the bulb is not the root itself. Instead, it’s the part of the hair strand that is the closest to the root throughout the growth cycle.

When a bulb is present on the end of a hair strand, all it means is that the hair was lost at the root. This is indicative of a telogen phase hair, and it doesn’t mean Male-Pattern Baldness (MPB) or other types of hair loss (such as alopecia areata) in and of itself (1, 2).

It also doesn’t mean that further hair growth cannot occur (as loss of telogen hair does happen naturally during the hair growth cycle).


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