How Much Hair Loss Per Day is Normal?

On average, losing how many strands of hair a day is normal?

Hair loss is a perfectly normal process, and for the majority of us, losing hair on a daily basis is nothing to worry about. Shedding can occur for a number of reasons, and just because you lose hair every day, that does not mean you are going to go bald.

On average, it is normal to lose between 100-150 strands a day. That seems like a lot, but the average human head has about 100,000 hair follicles, and each follicle can grow about 20 individual hairs in a person's lifetime, so every time you lose a strand, another one is growing in its place.

However, baldness will occur if you are not reproducing the strands that are falling out. In this case the follicles gradually become thinner and weaker, thus falling out and leading to male/female pattern baldness.

Where and when do we notice hair fall?

Our hair, like anything in life, has a cycle, and shedding is a key phase that all men and women go through. Many of us are lead to believe that we tend to lose more hair at certain times or places, but this is not accurate. The most common times and places we notice hair loss are:
  • In and around the plug hole after a bath or shower
  • On our pillow in the morning
  • On our brush or combs
The truth is, we lose our 100-150 strands of hair throughout the whole day, and most of these hairs are sitting on our heads, even after they have become detached. Washing or brushing the hair simply removes the strands from the head, forming a collection of hairs that have been lost throughout the day.

What is the main cause of losing hair? 

Losing hair is normal, and if we discount the causes that lead to baldness, such as androgenetic alopecia, then the main cause for losing hair is seasonal shedding. Seasonal shedding occurs in all of us, and some of us experience different times and severity of hair loss than others.  Most of us go through severe shedding phases around the early-autumn and mid-spring seasons. 

Although seasonal shedding is an inconvenience, the hair will grow back in most cases.  There are products and treatments available on the market to help minimise the effects of hair shedding. 

You may like to read: Seasonal Hair Loss: Why Do We Shed More in Spring?

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  1. How do we know if the new hair follicles are not growing replacing the old fallen hair?


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