How Much Hairloss is Too Much?


When you notice a bit of hair on your comb or pillow, you would probably be worried. Though losing a few strands is normal, how do know if you’re losing too much?


What is hairloss?

Before going into how a person loses hair, it’s better to understand how hair grows first.

Hair is made up of keratin, a protein produced in the hair follicles found in the outer layer of the skin. As these follicles produce new hair cells, old cells are pushed out through the skin at a rate of around six inches per year.

At any given time, about 90 percent of the hair on a person’s scalp is growing. Each hair follicle has its own life cycle, which can be influenced by factors such as age and disease. The hair’s life cycle can be divided into three phases:

  • Anagen, where active hair growth lasts between two to six years
  • Catagen, which is transitional hair growth that lasts around two to three weeks
  • Telogen, the resting phase that lasts around two to three months. At the end of the resting phase, hair is shed and is replaced by a new one. Then, the growing cycle starts again.

The average adult has about 100,000 to 150,000 hairs, and loses up to a hundred hairs a day. With that, finding a few stray hairs on your brush is not necessarily alarming. However, when you start losing more than that, you should consider seeing a trichologist.

How to reduce hairloss

There are several things you can do to reduce the amount of hair you lose:

1.    Avoid heat styling. High temperatures can weaken hair proteins, making them more prone to breakage.

2.    Don’t brush wet hair. Wet hair is more vulnerable, so as much as possible, brush it only when it’s dry.

3.    Keep a healthy diet. Nourish your hair from the inside with a healthy diet that includes these hair-boosting foods.

4.    Manage your stress levels. Stress is also a factor that can contribute to hairloss. Get enough rest and stay active. Also, keep a positive attitude and try different techniques to manage stress, like listening to relaxing music or meditating.