When you have a head full of shiny thick hair, most people will consider it healthy. So of course seeing large clumps of hair in the bottom of the shower or in your hairbrush will lead you to feel that there is a health problem lurking under the surface. While hair loss can be a sign of illness, a certain amount of loss is normal at every stage of life for both men and women.
When you wash your hair, strands that are already loose or broken off tend to mesh together and settle near your drain, the same goes for when you brush your hair. It can seem like a large amount, but everyone experiences hair shedding on a regular basis. If you think you are losing more hair than normal, or if you notice patchiness and bald spots, it’s always a good idea to speak with a specialist such as those here at The Hair Loss Recovery Program.
What’s A Normal Amount of Hair to Lose Daily?
Losing up to 100 strand s daily is normal, if you have longer hair, it can be easier to notice that than those with short hair. Most people have a minimum of one hundred thousand hair follicles, so losing 100 strands daily won’t affect the way your hair looks very much. Women are more prone to higher amounts of daily hair loss than men, and women also lose more hair due to the sheer amount of styling products and heat that is used on a daily basis. Hormonal changes due to menopause and pregnancy can also increase hair loss.
Hair Life Cycle
Every one of your hundreds of thousands of hair strands has a different life cycle. Each strand has a life of two to five years, and the length of that cycle depends on a range of factors. Your regular diet, hygiene and stress levels along with your styling habits all contribute to your daily hair loss.
The first phase termed the anagen phase is when your hair is growing. 90 percent of your strands will be in this phase at any given moment. The following phase, the catagen phase lasts about three weeks. During this time the actual strand ceases its growth. The final phase, the telogen phase is when your hair is preparing to shed. 8%-10% of your hair is in this phase at any given point.
Causes of Hair Loss
There are many factors that can contribute to an increase in hair loss such as:
- Sudden Illness
- Thyroid Conditions
- Male/Female Pattern Hair Loss
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Extreme Styling
How to Know If Your Hair Loss Isn’t Normal
If you are worried you are losing more hair than normal, test your strands by selecting a dry and clean section of your hair. Pull your fingers gently through the area and tug lightly at the ends. There should be no more than 3 or 4 strands in your hand. Repeat this test in another section of your hair. If you find more than a couple strands after each test, it may be time to speak with a doctor to determine the cause.
When to Seek Help
Losing hair can be stressful, if you feel that you are losing more than usual, or if you are experiencing bald patchy areas, or full body hair loss, you may have an underlying health issue. Speaking with a qualified health professional here at The Hair Loss Recovery Program is the best way to determine if you are experiencing normal shedding or something worse. Give our office a call today at (416) 439-4247 for more information.