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When should you start worrying about hair loss?

I cannot tell you how many people come to me absolutely panicked about losing hair. I get it, hair can be a point of pride for people, and losing it can be scary and a hit to your confidence. But most of the time, the hair you lose is completely natural.

Most people shed between 50 to 100 hairs a day. Yep, that much. So if you’re seeing clumps in the shower, don’t be too alarmed!

If you’re still unsure about your hair loss, let’s go through some common hair loss concerns.

The hair I’m shedding looks like a lot.

Okay, I know I said 50-100 hairs is normal to lose in a day, but some people can even lose up to 150 strands a day and keep their healthy head of hair. Keep in mind that, if you’re someone with a long mane, those 100 hairs will look like a lot! 100 hairs lying flat does not look the same as 100 hairs curled up into a ball.

Why do I only notice it in the shower?

You lose hair throughout the day, but never really notice it. Especially if you have curly hair, those strands that “fall out” will still stay stuck on your head unless you comb or detangle them out. That’s why washing your hair can lead to such alarming clumps.

When should I be worried?

Keep an eye on what is normal for you. Get familiar with how much hair you can expect to come away from your head with every wash. If you start noticing a consistent increase, that’s when you need to pay attention. But keep in mind, a lot of things can impact hair loss, and many of those things are reversible!

Stress, for example, can lead to hair loss. But subsequently changing your routine and moving forward will signal your body to return to its normal hair loss rate. Other conditions like low iron, dramatic changes in weight, and hormonal conditions can also be triggers for losing more hair. Keep all of these in mind. And if you’re really concerned, do not hesitate to see your doctor!

Now, there are a few hair loss conditions that can’t be treated or cured. Like alopecia, or hair loss related to other medical conditions. There is a ton of support available online and communities you can find to help guide you through this journey. So, regardless of how much hair you are or are not losing, it’s not the end of the world, and there are ways to move forward!

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