How much hair loss is too much hair loss?
On average, we typically shed 50-100 strands every day, depending on how much hair you have, your age, your hormones and your hair’s growth cycle. This can happen in the shower, when you are brushing your hair, or even throughout the day, you might notice a few strands on your clothes.
People with fine hair tend to have more of it and therefore will lose more of it than people with thicker hair. Your hair also thins as you get older, particularly after menopause for women.
Abnormal hair loss can be everything from clumps falling out when you shampoo, or when your hair thins out over time. The most common type of hair loss is when excessive amount of hair has fallen out and will not grow back.
Excessive normal hair loss can be caused by the change of season, aging, or post-partum. On average, with normal hair loss, the hair grows back and there is no concern.
Temporary hair loss, where the hair may stop growing back for a short time, can be caused by a medical illness, medication, anemia, intensive stress, birth control, hair coloring, or even if your hair is pulled too tightly when styled. Hair growth will start up again when the cause is mediated.
Permanent Hair loss can be caused by a genetic disorder like a hormonal imbalance or pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia.
If you are nervous that you are losing an excessive amount of hair per day, you can try this trick: Take about 60 hairs between your fingers and pull, running your fingers through your hair. Usually between 5 and 8 hairs will come out—this is normal. An excess of 15 hairs, however, is not as common and means you are losing more hair than you should be.
If you feel that your hair loss is more severe than normal, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to learn more.