What is hair shedding?
- Hair shedding is normal.
- Hair has a specific growth schedule with three distinct phases anagen, catagen and telogen.
- The hair can shed between 50 to a 100 hairs per day, while some may shed much less hair and others may shed more.
Let’s Talk Triggers
- Is your choice of style placing too much stress on the hair follicle? Styles such as braids and cornrows if installed too tightly can cause the hair to shed from the scalp.
- Hormonal changes can cause excessive shedding. The starting or stopping of birth control, menstrual cycle, menopause, pregnancy and giving birth can cause a change in your hormonal balance and cause the hair strands to react by over shedding.
- The excess shedding could be hereditary.
- Crash Dieting
- Protein Deficiency
- High Fever
- Thyroid Disorder
Let’s Talk Solutions
- First and foremost consult with your physician and/ or dermatologist about your concerns. A doctor can help you figure out the cause of the excessive shedding or tell you if you’re dealing with something other than hair shedding, like, alopecia or permanent hair loss.
- Does your diet lack in vitamins, minerals and protein? What are your eating habits like? Poor eating habits can cause excessive hair shedding and adjusting your diet may help.
- Are you dealing with emotional or physical stress? Have you just experienced some type of physical or mental trauma? Stress can cause the body to react in many ways which includes excess shedding of the hair. Listen to your body.
- Is the excess shedding a side-effect of a medication that you are taking? If so consult with your physician.
- What are your styling habits? Are you properly moisturizing your hair? What type of tools are you using? Are they causing excess stress to your hair and scalp? Having the right tools and techniques can help reduce excess shedding.
Have you experienced excess shedding? If so how did you know and what methods did you take to correct it?