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Hair Loss

Hair shedding, how much is too much?

Hair shedding is a natural process, but losing hair can be pretty scary.

Being guys, we like to pretend losing our hair doesn’t worry us. But the truth is that mentality shifts very quickly when it starts happening. 

So, how much shedding is considered normal?

It’s normal to lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair per day.

This amount of hair loss may seem like a lot, but considering we have over 100,000 hair follicles on our head, this daily hair loss generally goes unnoticed.

You may notice the shedding of hair when you find it on your pillow, in the shower or bathroom sink, or on your comb or brush.

If your hair is longer, it may seem like there’s more hair coming out each day. However, this is generally not the case – it’s just more noticeable.

Just remember, 50-100 hairs lost per day is an average. On days the hair is agitated, you may notice more shedding and less on other days when the hair not agitated. 

Agitating your hair includes;

  • Washing your hair
  • Putting a cap on and off
  • Windy weather etc

But don’t freak out – this hair was coming out anyway, so avoiding these activities won’t reduce the amount of hair shed over time.

How much shedding is too much? 

Excessive shedding results in progressive thinning and decreased hair coverage to the point where you can no longer cover the scalp.

As the shedding progresses, the usual hairstyle often becomes impossible – at this stage, the amount of hair loss is too much!

Quite often, this is the trigger where most guys take action.

Shave it, or save it? When to take action? 

The unfortunate thing is, you’ve already lost 50% of the hair on your scalp by the time you actually notice it’s thinning.

So if excessive shedding is worrying you, the best time to take action is now. 

On medication for hair loss and still shedding?

If you’re already on medical treatment for male pattern baldness, there’s a couple of things to note;

  • When starting a treatment or changing treatments, medications can induce extra shedding as the “old” hairs are pushed out to make way for the new – don’t worry, this is normal, and they’ll grow back.
  • Taking medication for male pattern baldness doesn’t stop the “normal” amount of shedding each day. It’s natural and part of the normal hair cycle. 

The Summary

Daily hair loss of 50-100 hairs per day is average. But if you’re worried about the amount of hair coming out each day, get professional advice. If your hair loss is excessive, you can treat it,  and a simple consultation could put your mind at ease.


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