Hair Shedding: What’s Too Much? (And What To Do About It)

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In the sink, shower, bed, on the floor…is your hair everywhere? Not only can this be a cleaning annoyance, but it’s also embarrassing. Have you ever wondered if this is a sign of an even bigger issue? Some strands can be normal, but how do you know when it is too much? Hair restoration surgeon Larry J. Shapiro, M.D. sheds some light on this issue.

What are the most common causes of hair shedding?

“Hair loss can be caused by many things. Heat damage from blow-dryers, curling irons, and flatirons, as well as coloring and extensions all result in breakage,” says Dr. Shapiro. Stress and diet are big factors as well. “If you are not getting enough vitamins and protein, your hair follicles won’t be strong and healthy,” explains Dr. Shapiro. And there are also a lot of metabolic reasons. “An out-of-whack thyroid is a common cause of hair loss,” says Dr. Shapiro.

How much shedding is normal?

“The average human head has an estimated 100,000 to 150,00 hairs on it,” says Dr. Shapiro. “Shedding 30 to 50 strands daily is not significant. If you begin to lose 100 to 150 a day, then you should see a doctor.”


Do certain types of hair shed more than others?

“Curly hair is actually more likely to shed than thin hair,” says Dr. Shapiro. This is because, “oftentimes women with curly hair tend to abuse their hair by straightening it with hot tools, which are damaging to the follicle.” Heat tools are drying and make the hair extremely fragile.
What can be done to stop shedding?

1. Check Your Health

High Blood Pressure, PCOS, and a number of other health conditions, diagnosed and undiagnosed can cause hair to fall out and/or shed. It is very important to keep up with the state of your health. Check the side effects of any medicine that you take because hair loss may be a side effect.

2. Black Strap Molasses and Aloe Vera

Take aloe vera gel and black strap molasses and pour them into your favorite deep conditioner. Mix the contents into your conditioner very well. Apply the conditioner while massaging it into your scalp. Put a shower cap on and sit under a hair dryer for a minimum of 30 minutes. You might want to drape a towel around your shoulders to prevent dripping. This treatment should be done once per week for three consecutive weeks and should be followed up with biweekly use a moisturizing oil treatment

3. Deep Conditioning, Water & Seal

Conditioning: Use a product that is meant for deep conditioning. While you deep condition, be sure to aware of how much heat you put on your hair afterward.
Water: Water is life, literally. Drink lots of water and saturate my hair with water weekly. Water is the best moisture you can give your hair.
Seal: Sealing in whatever moisture you apply is highly important, if you do not do this it is just defeating the purpose.

What are the signs of healthy follicles?

“The texture of your hair is a key in knowing if your follicles are healthy,” says Dr. Shapiro. Using two or more mirrors,…