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Is Shedding Hair Normal?


It can be alarming to find clumps of hair in your comb or shower drain, and you may worry that it's a sign of severe hair loss. But some hair shedding is normal for everyone, no matter their age. Read on to learn how much shedding is considered typical, and when you should start worrying.

Hair Cycles

Hair grows in cycles. There's a growth stage that lasts anywhere from 2 to 8 years, followed by a resting stage where nothing happens for up to 5 months. When the growth cycle restarts, hairs fall out, and new ones grow in to take their place. In addition to this cycle, we also typically lose around 50 to 100 hairs per day.

When we wash of style hair, hairs that are already loose or disconnected from the scalp come out and gather in the drain or on the floor. For people with longer hair strands, losing 50 to 100 hairs a day may look more noticeable. While it might seem like a lot, what you're probably seeing is normal hair shedding. And since there are 100,000 hair follicles or more on each person's scalp, the loss of 100 or so hair strands a day doesn't usually make a noticeable difference.

Shedding Versus Hair Loss