When we’re going to shower and greeted with so large clump nestled in our drain.
Or the fistful that comes out when we run our fingers through our hair post-shower.
When we’ve been noticing more hairs on our pillow or hairbrush than normal.
Thoughts we’re having, is this normal?
Then we're gonna easily assume that there’s a health problem causing hair loss.
Don't worry, some hair loss is normal for everyone and at every age.
Instead, let’s check out first why it happens and how much to expect.
So we won't panic.
Why is my hair falling out?
Every day, our hair falls out as part of the body’s natural renewal cycle. The American Academy of Dermatology notes that it is normal for a person to lose about 50–100 hairs each day.
Each hair follicle goes through a cycle that includes a growth stage (anagen) and a resting stage (telogen) before the hair falls out. This cycle repeats itself for as long as the hair follicle remains active and continues to produce new hairs.
According to the authors of a 2017 study note that up to 9% of the hair follicles are in the resting stage at any given time, which means that they are ready for the strand to fall out.
Average hair loss in women
Women do probably lose more hair strands per day than men.
"Heat styling daily and frequent hair coloring play an enormous part in what proportion your hair sheds, and ladies mostly do that, so to match with men there’s no way to measure the difference objectively"
Approximately 40% of women lose extra hair every day because of the way they style it. More likely women are to experience periods of increased hair shedding than men due to life events like pregnancy and menopause.
How can you tell if you are losing too much hair?
You can perform a “pull test” on your hair at home. Start with a small area of clean, dry hair, and run your fingers through it, tugging gently once you get to the ends of your hair strands.
If more than two or three hairs are left in your hand after each tug, you may be experiencing anagen (growth stage) and telogen ( a resting stage).
When you tugged your hair, no more than 10 hairs per 100 strands should be coming out. You’ll need a doctor to determine the cause.
The average person loses about 50–100 hairs each day, and this number may increase naturally as the person gets older.
To lose hair strands every day is not unusual
But if you’re worried that you're seeing clumps of hair in your hairbrush or in the shower drain, talk to your doctor.
A professional assessment can put your mind at ease.
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