Is the amount of hair that you shed in the shower normal, or do you have a hair loss condition?

Are you shedding too much hair?

The average person has around 100,000 hairs on their head. Blondes tend to have slightly denser growth, while people with red hair have the lowest number of strands. Our hair follows a constant cycle of growth and shedding, and at any one time, around 80% of the follicles are actively producing hair, while some 10% is in the shedding stage.

Hair that is ready to be shed usually falls out during washing or brushing. If you have long or thick hair, you might notice small clumps of hair that build up in the shower or on your comb. A normal amount of hair shedding is considered to be between 100 and 150 strands per day. If you are noticing more than that, it could be a sign of a hair loss condition.

What causes excessive shedding?

Excessive shedding has several causes.

  • Traction alopecia can occur after wearing tightly-fixed hairstyles which cause strain on the follicles, pulling out the hair.

  • Telogen effluvium is a condition that occurs when the follicles prematurely shift to the shedding stage. Triggers can include illness, stress, medications and hormonal.

  • Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition which can result in sudden hair loss in round patches

  • Androgenetic alopecia results from a genetic predisposition to the effects of male hormones on the follicles and causes specific progressive shedding patterns.

Treating excessive shedding

The only way to effectively treat excessive shedding is to tackle the root cause by getting specialist help. Vinci Hair Clinic are experts in treating all types of male and female hair loss. They offer a broad range of hair restoration solutions including hair supplements, LLLT, PRP Therapy, Mesotherapy, Micro Scalp Pigmentation and hair transplant surgery. The best treatment option will depend on your type of hair loss and how advanced it is, as well as your hair restoration goals. You can get personalised advice by contacting Vinci to arrange a free consultation, online or at one of their clinical locations around the world.

Are You Shedding Too Much Hair in the Shower?