Hair Question: Why Is My Hair Shedding?Thursday, May 31, 2012
"I've been noticing a lot of hair coming out when I comb my hair. I know it's not breakage because I see the white bulb at the end of the hair. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I wash and deep condition often. Help!"
Advice: Shedding is a natural, internal process. Our hair naturally cycles in and out of seasonal shedding phases, which may last for days or even weeks in some individuals. A healthy head of hair may shed as many as 50-100 hairs per day. Some individuals shed much less. You should only be concerned when your shedding rate suddenly increases to a rate that was uncommon for you previously or if the shedding seems to be prolonged over a period of several weeks or months without cause.
I personally shed a lot (in my opinion). Since I do a lot of low-manipulation styles and finger comb often, I don't remove the shed hair that would normally come out of my hair on a daily basis. So when I thoroughly comb my hair, usually on wash days, I notice a lot of hair in my comb. Majority of the time, it's shed hair. It doesn't bother me because I know it's because of my hair routine.
If your shedding seems to have increased significantly or you are concerned that your shedding may be medically-related, please consult your doctor.
Reasons Why You May Be Shedding:
- Styling methods that place stress on the follicles.
- Birth control/menstrual cycles/menopause
- Crash dieting/low protein diets
- High fever
- Anemia (low iron)
- Thyroid Disorders