Is hair falling out in the shower more common in males?

What Determines Everyday Hair Fall

You’ve probably heard that it’s normal to lose 100 strands a day. But that’s just a ballpark figure, says Dr. Lindsey Bordone, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City who specializes in hair disorders. Everyone’s “normal” is different. Your amount of hair fall per day depends on your mane’s density (aka how thin or thick your hair is).

“A lot of people who have really long hair or really dense hair feel like they shed a lot, but really it just looks like a lot of hair when it might not necessarily be,” says Dr. Bordone. “But then there are people who don’t have as much hair, so of course they’re not going to shed as much.”

In addition to your hair’s thickness and length, something as simple as wearing a ponytail all day could make it seem like you’re losing more hair than usual—even though you’re not. “Let’s say you’re sitting with your hair pulled back in a ponytail, then you decide you’re going to get in the shower,” says Dr. Bordone. “The amount of hair that’s going to fall out after it has been tied up will be much more than what you would get if you had your hair down and it was falling out on your clothes throughout the day.”

And it turns out that seasonal shedding is a thing. According to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, women experience peak hair fall during August and September. That being said, you probably won’t even know it’s happening. “To the average person, daily shedding wouldn’t be more noticeable during any particular season,” says Dr. Bordone.

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Why Am I Losing Hair in the Shower

Your hair loss in the shower may actually be perfectly normal, but if there are more follicles than usual or you’re suddenly seeing less hair on your head, it may be caused by one of several conditions.

One of the possible explanations is a condition called telogen effluvium, which is what happens when a more-than-normal number of follicles get stuck in the telogen phase, causing fewer hairs to grow.

Telogen effluvium has several possible causes, including trauma or stress to the follicle.

Severe injuries and stressors to the hair or the body generally can cause your hair follicles to go on an “extended vacation.” 

There’s some good news here: most cases of telogen effluvium are temporary, and the hair follicles will return once whatever caused them to fall out has subsided, leaving the way for normal growth to resume.

Other causes of hair loss causing you to see more shower drain follicles may be more serious. 

Traction alopecia, for instance, is hair loss caused by trauma to the follicle in the form of burning, pulling or chemical irritation.

It can be caused by exceptionally tight ponytails, and also by stress-related disorders that literally make you pull your own hair out.

But tight ponytails and external stressful events aren’t the worst case scenario — the most serious cause is a disease with hair loss as a symptom.

Alopecia areata, for instance, isn’t technically one of the types of hair loss — it’s hair loss as a result of autoimmune diseases. 

With alopecia areata, your immune system attacks the follicles, causing them to fall out and stay dormant as long as the condition goes untreated (sometimes permanently).

After a certain point, the damage is enough to cause permanent hair loss. This is why you should always address the problem at your first instance of concern. 

And last, but not least, there’s androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern hair loss.

This form of hereditary hair loss is the most common, and is believed to be caused by the androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT). 

Are your flat ironing your hair?

Flat ironing your hair can lead to hair breakage no matter which leave in heat protecting product you’re using. It’s insanely crucial not using a flat iron every day, especially if your hair is bleached or color treated.

If you’re addicted to using a flat iron, at least allow your hair to dry naturally after washing it and use the olive oil treatment mentioned many times above. Use this treatment at least once a week to help stop your hair from breaking and falling out naturally.

I also recommend that you start using a boar bristle brush. These brushes help evenly distribute the natural oils from your scalp to the end of your hair. The result? Stronger hair and more shiny hair for a bonus!

Related: Boar bristle brush benefits
Related: Boar bristle brush benefits

4 TIPS TO HELP REDUCE HAIR LOSS IN THE SHOWER

Now that you’re more educated on hair falling out in the shower, it’s time to take action. Consider these four tips, courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic, to help reduce the risk of excessive shedding.

3. LIMIT HEAT STYLING

This is your chance to embrace your natural hair texture. According to the Cleveland Clinic, using excessive heat on your hair can cause breakage and eventually lead to hair loss. So, as much as you may want to blow-dry or flat iron your locks, it’s wise to cut back. Instead, opt for heat-free styling alternatives such as the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE It Elastic Curl Mousse.

Editor’s tip: For occasions when you plan on using your heat tools, always kick things off by using a heat protectant. We love the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, which seals in shine, calms frizz, and protects your hair from heat damage.

What Causes Normal Hair Fall?

Losing around 50-100 strands of hair everyday is completely normal. To understand the cause of this, we need to get into the cycle of hair growth [2]. Your hair grows in three phases:

1. Anagen – In this phase, hair begins to grow from the roots and usually lasts for 3-7 years.

2. Catagen – The hair enters a transitional phase where the hair growth slows down. This lasts for 2-4 months.

3. Telogen – Old hair falls out and new hair strands start growing. This phase lasts for about 3 months.

Did You Know?

  • Healthy adults have 80,000 to 1,20,00 hair strands on their head. On any given day 5-10% of your hair is in the telogen phase and hence you observe hair fall.

Eat a Balanced Diet

"Eat a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, lean meat, and seafood—all of these contain the essential nutrients for hair," Burg says. 

Look for foods packed with vitamins and healthy fats, like eggs or avocados.

Here are some of our other favorites:

  • Spinach is full of iron, which helps carry red blood cells to your scalp to promote new hair growth.
  • Food full of vitamin C, like oranges, tomatoes, and peppers, helps produce collagen, which keeps hair follicles healthy.
  • Seeds like flax or chia are full of omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep hair healthy and strong while also promoting new growth.
How to Eat Your Way to Shinier, Longer Hair

How Much Hair Falling Out Is Too Much?

Losing about 100 hair strands a day or 700 per week is classed under normal hair fall. Bald spots, patches and clumps of hair falling out can indicate medical conditions ranging from thyroid, androgenetic alopecia to telogen effluvium [6].

Get Enough Sleep

"Get at least seven to eight hours of sleep, as the body and mind need that amount to regenerate,"Blaisure advises. The hormone that helps regulate your sleep cycle, melatonin, has also been proven to promote hair growth (both when applied topically and when you get enough of it naturally from sleep).

Not only is getting enough rest vital to helping your hair grow, but it can also help keep your hair from getting super oily. When you lose out on sleep, your stress levels can rise, leading not only to decreased hair growth but also increased oil production.

Do you have excessive hair fall? Did you become vegan or vegitarian?

Many of my friends that have switched to a vegan or vegetarian life style have noticed excessive hair fall out. This can be from a lack or iron normal found in red meat. If you’re not taking a supplement, you can become anemic and start to look very pale or sickly. If you’re going vegan or vegetarian, do it right and research – plan your meals properly.

Other common causes why your hair is breaking and falling out:

  • Taking a new medication
  • Being pregnant / having a baby
  • Trauma
  • Losing a lot of weight quickly
  • Birth control pills
  • Stress
  • Fever
  • Pulling your hair
  • Hereditary
  • Male pattern baldness
  • Wearing wigs
  • Dirty scalp
  • Tight ponytails, braids, weaves
  • Wearing the same hair part

Isn’t this the worst… when you start m

Isn’t this the worst… when you start moving your fingers through your hair and your hairs starts breaking… Who agrees?

Thank you for learning How to Stop Your Hair from Breaking and Falling Out.

How Much Hair Fall Is Normal While Shampooing?

As mentioned, the average healthy person loses between 10 and 250 strands of hair on shampoo days. This doesn’t always happen during shampooing though. Some people wash their hair every other day and this hair fall can happen when they brush or comb it.

Again, as long as hair is falling out at this rate daily, it’s normal. It doesn’t matter what you do as these hairs are in the telogen phase and will simply fall out naturally.

It’s important to always nourish your hair . Some hair types benefit from daily washing while others, especially when reaching a certain length, don’t need to go through the trouble every single day.

As mentioned, using quality hair care products is essential for nourishing your hair and scalp. But what if you’re seeing quite a bit more than 100 hairs falling out?

If you have any concerns whatsoever, it’s best to make an appointment with your doctor to find out what’s causing an excess in hair fall, especially if this has been going on for some time. Remember, after pregnancy, it’s normal to have a little more hair fall, but if you’re worried, talk to your doctor.

Wondering how exactly you know if your hair fall is in the normal range? You can perform a couple very simple tests to determine whether or not you should be concerned.

It’s perfectly normal to think that hair you see in the drain and on the shower floor looks like a lot. You can try to count it, but these tests might be a little less hair-raising, pardon the pun.

Do keep in mind that the older you get, the more hair loss you’ll have, but it should only still be coming out in the normal range.

– Try the pull test

This very simple method can help you see if your hair loss is normal or not. Grab a lock of hair that contains about 60 hairs in it and gently pull on it while running your fingers through your hair. Normal hair fall will result in anywhere from 5 to 8 of those 60 hairs coming out in your hand. Not so normal? 15 or more. If you find a lot of hair in your hands after doing the pull test, schedule a checkup.

– Go for the comb test

Another way to check if your hair fall situation is normal or not is to rely on your comb to help you. Prior to shampooing, you should comb your hair from the back portion of the top of your head in a forward direction.

Continue this movement for one minute as you lean over a light-colored bed sheet. This way you will see how much hair has fallen with greater ease. If your hair fall is normal, you’ll find about 10 hairs. If it’s not, you’ll find more.

Wasn’t it G.I. Joe that said, “Knowing is half the battle” though? If you find your hair fall is normal, you can breathe a sigh of relief. But what if it isn’t? Well, don’t stress! That just makes it worse! But now that you know, you can do something about it.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t just perform these tests once. Try them twice a week.

Sometimes a shift in your hormones, like during that time of month, can make hair fall seem greater than it actually is. If you’ve performed these tests several times and you still find more hair falling out than you bargained for, then you can start finding a solution.

There are different types of hair loss, genetic and reactive

Genetic:

There’s a chance you’re genetically predisposed to hair thinning, which means you may see a progressive, gradual reduction in hair volume. “In these instances, certain hair follicles are sensitive to male hormones – and this sensitivity causes follicles to gradually shrink and produce slightly finer and shorter hairs with each passing hair growth cycle.” Explains Anabel Kingsley.

Reactive:

This means your hair loss is the result of a trigger. “Excessive daily hair shedding (which is know as telogen effluvium) is not reliant on having a genetic predisposition, it occurs as the result of an internal imbalance or upset, such as a nutritional deficiency, severe stress, crash dieting or an illness” says Anabel Kingsley.

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