When you see a lot of hair in the bathroom sink, it’s easy to freak out. But remember that shedding is a natural part of the hair growth cycle. Your hair is supposed to shed. And it sheds daily. Each day it’s not uncommon to see 100 to 150 strands a day.
If you’re alarmed by the amount of hair that you’re seeing ask yourself a few questions before freaking out…
- Is it shedding or breaking?
The best way to answer this is by doing a quick bulb test. By examining the hair, you’ll know if it’s shedding or breaking. You can read how to do the quick bulb test on your hair here. If it’s shedding, don’t worry; it’s just a normal part of the process.
If it’s breaking, you’ll need to take action to prevent any more breakage or damage. Here are 110 Ways to Keep Breakage from Happening. But keep in mind it’s virtually impossible to completely eliminate breakage. So women even So women even believe it’s ok in these 3 instances…
You can be conscious and proactive in minimizing breakage by creating a low manipulation hair regimen, protective styling and strengthening your hair with moisturizing and protein deep conditioners. You can read all about these breakage prevention measures in 10 Ways to Keep Breakage from Happening.
- Have you made any changes to your diet/routine or recently started a new medication or hormone therapy?
Excessive shedding can be a tell-tale sign of internal stressors to the body. High levels of stress, diet changes, sickness, medications, surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal fluctuations, just to name a few, can all contribute to excessive shedding.
Make note of these changes and notify your doctor. In some cases, all you need is a daily multivitamin that has Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Zinc, and Biotin; all vitamins and minerals that support healthy hair growth.
- When the last time you detangled your hair?
If you wear a protective style for 6 weeks or more, you could see approximately 6,300 – 8,400 strands of shed hair that have yet to be combed out. This can easily explains why you’re seeing a lot of hair. It seems you’ve lost tons of hair, when in fact it’s just an accumulation of shed hair. Again it’s normal, but if you’re still worried just do the bulb test.
You may also want to check out: 5 Ways to Lose Less Hair after a Protective Style
I hope this has put your mind at ease. If you have any question or comments leave them in the comments section below.