Hair loss is a natural, cyclical process. Except for those times when it isn’t. Here’s how to tell the difference and what you can do about that unwanted shedding.
Hair shedding: How much is normal?
Hair loss is a fairly common phenomenon that more and more women are experiencing on the daily. You’re also not alone if you look down at your shower drain and yelp at the amount of hair staring back at you. While it’s totally normal to shed a few strands during winter, we’ve got the low-down on when you should do something about that hair shedding.
While there are many causes of hair loss, the average woman actually loses between 50 and 100 strands a day, naturally. Each hair follicle undergoes a growth stage that lasts two to eight years, as well as a resting phase where no growth occurs. “For a lot of people, 90% of the hair is in this growing phase, while 10% is ‘resting’,” says Richard Nienaber, Redken’s Regional Education Developer. “The 10% tends to fall out to make room for new hair,” adds Richard. So, for those losing what appears to be a lot of hair, it’s likely that more than 10% of your hair is in its resting phase. A sure way to find out whether this is the case is to do a test on your own hair. Gather around 60 strands of hair in your fingers and pull, if more than eight or so strands come out, it could mean you’re losing hair more than you should be.
While we naturally lose up to 100 strands of hair a day, that amount can increase when shampooing your hair, especially if your routine is quite vigorous, if you have longer hair, or if you frequently use a hairband to tie it up. When it comes to how much hair is normal to lose in the shower, there are a few sure ways to see if there’s cause for concern. The first is if you notice the hair left around your drain has increased, while the second is if you start seeing your scalp through your mane, when ordinarily you never could. “Once dried, you’ll also be able to determine if you’re losing too much hair by the thickness of your ponytail,” says Richard. “If this has also suddenly decreased, be sure to visit a hair professional who can advise on a way forward,” adds Richard.
After chatting to a professional about what the cause of your hair loss could be, it’s important to start using cleansing products that fortify the hair strands, to prevent further hair loss. We recommend L’Oréal Professionnel Density Advanced Shampoo, a densifying cleansing product that helps nourish the roots, restores vitality and gives new life to thinning hair.
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