After taking a shower, did you find a big ball of hair in the drain? Does your towel have a lot of hair strands on it? Are you just noticing a growing forehead or a bald spot on the head?
If you see a lot of hair in your comb or bathroom drain, is your panic mode setting? Calm down, take a deep breath and relax! Daily hair loss is a normal scientific phenomenon and is part of everyone’s biological cycle. However, not all hair loss is the same, so let’s look at what is considered normal.
Types of hair loss
Generally speaking, there are three types of hair loss:
- The first phase is normal hair loss and includes different stages of hair growth:
- Anagen (growth phase), Catagen (transition phase), Telogen (resting phase) and Exogenous (separation phase). In this final phase, the follicle essentially sheds the old hair to make room for the new hair and starts the cycle again. Old hair is replaced with new, which means the hair is falling out.
- The second type usually applies to boys: Androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness. Various causes can cause male pattern baldness, and 50 to 90% of men will experience it at some point in their lives. Typical early symptoms are a receding hairline and a thinning crown.
- The third and rarest case is hair loss due to a medical condition or other internal or external reasons other than those mentioned above. One example is alopecia areata, a disease in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles and causes hair loss. Another rare disease is called telogen effluvium, in which a sudden increase in resting stress (telogen) sheds a disproportionate number of hairs. This eventually leads to “lag” and subsequent hair loss.
How Is Much Hair Loss Normal?
First, it is important to note that breakup and hair loss are two different things. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the average person loses about 50 to 100 strands of hair a day. It is also important to remember that our hair grows about an inch per month, but thinning hair and hair loss problems still occur when this growth cycle is interrupted.
Did you already know?
Healthy adults have 80,000 to 1,20,000 strands of hair. Every day 5-10% of your hair is in the telogen phase, and hence you will observe hair loss.
How much hair is falling out too much?
Losing about 100 hairs per day or 700 hairs per week is classified as normal hair loss. In addition, bald spots, freckles, and clumps of hair loss can indicate diseases ranging from thyroid, androgenetic alopecia to telogen effluvium.
When should I see a dermatologist or trichologist?
Once your mane looks thinner, the first thing you should do is consult a dermatologist, so they can find the root cause. A dermatologist or trichologist can determine the exact cause of hair loss by performing a blood test to check for nutritional deficiencies. Next, they use a portable dermatoscopy to examine skin lesions on the scalp. They also do a strand test, pulling test (pulling hair from the roots) or a simple biopsy. Knowing the exact cause of hair loss can help you better understand how to treat it.
Hair loss is normal. Remember that every hair is different, as is hair loss. The simplest things, such as hairstyles, chemicals can cause hair loss. If you notice more than 100 strands of hair loss daily, consult your doctor to rule out any disease.
In rare cases, various other causes such as hormonal imbalance or skin disease can lead to irregular and sudden hair loss. Hairsure Clinic hopes this post will be of great help to you. Contact the Hairsure Clinic at 040 42020202 if you have any concerns and are always there for you if you have any questions. Have a nice day and enjoy your healthy hair.