How much hair loss is normal in one day?
As humans, it’s a natural process for us to lose a certain amount of hair as our hair goes through the growth cycle. But how much hair loss is normal in one day? The average person loses around 50 to 100 hairs per day, however, the amount of hair loss is completely dependent on the person and the thickness of their hair. People with shorter or thinner hair tend to shed less hair. Whereas people with longer thicker hair can shed between 150 to 200 hairs in one day.
Throughout their lives, women tend to lose more strands of hair per day than men. This is due to frequent heat and styling as well as major life events like pregnancy and menopause.
- When should I worry about hair loss?
- How much hair loss is normal in the shower?
- Can hair grow back after thinning?
- How do I stop losing my hair?
When should I worry about hair loss?
Hair falling is a normal part of the hair growth lifecycle. Hair grows and dies in phases and several factors can impact how much hair you lose daily.
90% of your hair strands are in the ‘anagen’ phase, (the growing stage which can last between 2-7 years). Next is the catagen phase, a transitional phase where the hair stops growing.
The final phase of hair growth is the ‘telogen’ phase, the resting phase where the strands rest as they prepare to detach from the scalp – (about 8-9% of your hair is in this phase at any given time).
When should I see a doctor?
It’s important to see a doctor in order to get medically reviewed if you’re concerned about excessive hair shedding. Losing around 50 – 200 hairs a day is completely normal but if you’re starting to notice that you’re losing more strands of hair, (so around 300 hairs) it could be a sign that you have telogen effluvium or another form of hair loss.
Signs and symptoms of telogen effluvium include:
- Excessive hair shedding
- Gradual thinning on the top of your head
- Bald spots
- Patchiness or clumps of hair falling out
Telogen effluvium means having more than 10% of your hair in the telogen phase. Telogen Effluvium is the second most common form of hair loss after androgenetic alopecia.
It’s also known as male/ female pattern baldness and occurs when there is a change in the number of hair follicles that are growing.
How much hair loss is normal in the shower?
Most hair shedding typically occurs in the shower. When we’re in the shower, we tend to thoroughly wash our hair, any hairs that are already loose and disconnected from your scalp can come out. If you wash your hair more than twice a week this can quickly increase.
You can identify if you’re losing too much hair by performing a pull test. Run your fingers through clean, dry hair and tug gently once you get to the ends. If more than 2 or 3 hairs come out after each tug this is an indicator of excessive hair loss.
Why am I suddenly losing so much hair?
When it comes to hair loss, there are many potential triggers and therefore it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact reason your hair has stopped growing or why you’re losing hair:
- Stress: Stress can raise androgen levels which can cause hair loss.
- Diet: Healthy diets can play a big role in having healthy hair, ensuring you’re getting enough essential vitamins and minerals is extremely important and any deficiencies such as low iron and anaemia can limit hair growth due to lack of hair cell proteins.
- Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions can cause the hair to fall out for example hormonal imbalances caused by PCOS, Thyroid Imbalances and Pregnancy.
- Genetics: Male and female pattern baldness is an inherited condition and people usually experience symptoms such as widespread hair loss, gradual thinning of the hair and bald spots across the scalp as well as a receding hairline. This type of hair loss is not reversible.
- Seasonal Hair Loss: Some people suffer from seasonal hair loss and tend to shed more hair than usual in the autumn and winter months.
- Telogen Effluvium: Telogen Effluvium is a common cause of temporary hair loss due to excessive shedding of resting or telogen hair after a shock to the system such as pregnancy, illness, surgery, psychological stress, certain medications and more.
If you are worried about hair loss, it’s important to visit your doctor to get a medical review to identify the cause of your hair loss.
Can hair grow back after thinning?
Depending on the cause of hair loss, your hair can begin to grow back after thinning. Once the triggering event is removed or solved, your hair may begin to grow back.
However, sometimes it can take a while for your hair to grow back. If the reason for thinning hair is genetic, it will not grow back on its own.
If your hair doesn’t grow back naturally, then a hair transplant is an alternative solution. Using your own hair, the thinning or bald areas are filled in.
At Elithair we use the DHI transplant technique to achieve natural results, therefore your hair can grow back in the areas it was thinning without the visible appearance of a hair transplant.
How do I stop losing my hair?
Depending on the condition there are things you can do to prevent and limit hair loss. If your hair loss is caused by a certain deficiency or life event, hair growth should resume once the issue is identified and resolved.
It’s extremely important to maintain a healthy hair routine and to use products suitable for your hair. If you’re suffering from telogen effluvium it’s recommended to gently handle your hair. Thus avoid vigorous brushing and try the following:
- Scalp massages
- Treat any underlying disorders or hormonal problems
- Eat a healthy and nutritious diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Ensure iron and B12 levels are normal
If you’re experiencing male or female pattern baldness there are treatments available such as minoxidil and finasteride. However, these treatments only work for as long as they’re used and they are not a permanent solution.
The good news is that hair transplants are a perfect method for anyone wanting to restore hair growth. By investing in the right hair transplant clinic, doing the right care before and after and choosing a trusted doctor, hair transplants an excellent choice for those wanting a full head of hair.
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