Losing hair is normal, but how much is too much?

Wondering whether you’re losing a normal amount of hair every day? Here’s how you can tell.

Hair Shedding
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Hair Shedding

Losing a couple of strands of hair is absolutely ordinary on a day-to-day basis. The problem is that because it’s a very natural process, most people can't tell when they’re losing too much hair. A majority of the time, people only notice that they have an issue when half of their hair has already disappeared. Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Janet Allenby told Romper:

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Sadly, by the time most people realise they have more than normal hair loss, approximately 50% of the hair has reduced.

There are many factors that contribute to hair shedding, like hormones, stress, and pregnancy. As your body and mind goes through motions, your hair will too. But don't worry because in most cases excessive hair shedding will only last for a couple of months. If it continues for longer, you might need to see a specialist to get to the root of the problem.

Here are some ways you can determine how much hair fall is too much so you can get help at the right time.

Pull test

Run your fingers through a portion of your hair, and tug at the roots very slightly while you’re doing it. Dr. James C. Marotta, a hair restoration specialist, says that if you see five to eight strands of hair on your hands you don’t need to worry about hair fall. However, you might a problem if you’re seeing more than fifteen strands of hair.

Observe your surroundings

Your surroundings and the objects you use every day will be able to indicate abnormal hair fall. Have you noticed that there’s more hair on your hairbrush, pillows, floors, and shower? You don’t need to inspect every corner of your room, but try to keep an eye out for these changes.

Notice the difference in your hair

The most alarming signs of hair loss will definitely show up on your scalp and the body of your hair. Your volume will begin to die down, and your parting will also appear to be wider than usual. If you're still unsure, try tying your hair up in a ponytail and check if it's getting thinner. According to Dr. Allenby this could signal hair loss as well:

If you wear your hair in a ponytail and [find that] it takes more turns with the hairband to tie it up.
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