In the quest for luscious, healthy hair, many of us find ourselves fretting over strands clinging to our hairbrushes or shower drains. But how much hair loss is truly cause for concern?

At Foli Sim, we understand the anxiety and stress that can accompany the sight of shedding hair. This blog aims to demystify the natural process of hair shedding, clarifying what amount of hair loss is considered normal on a daily basis.

Understanding the hair growth cycle

Hair growth undergoes a cyclical pattern consisting of three phases: the anagen (growth) phase, the catagen (transition) phase, and the telogen (resting) phase. At any given time, a majority of your hair is growing, while a small percentage rests. It’s during the telogen phase that hair is released and falls out. This cycle ensures that normal hair shedding is a continuous and natural process for hair renewal.
Understanding the hair growth cycle

What is considered a normal amount of hair loss?

So how much hair is normal to lose daily? On average, it’s normal to lose between 50 to 100 hairs a day. This range is considered typical due to the hair growth cycle’s nature. However, this number can vary based on several factors, including hair density, length, and personal health. It’s important to remember that seeing a few strands on your pillowcase or in your shower isn’t necessarily a sign of abnormal hair loss, in fact its entirely normal.

Factors contributing to increased hair shedding

There are a few factors can influence hair shedding beyond the natural cycle:

  • Genetics: Hereditary patterns of baldness or thinning hair can play a significant role.
  • Diet and nutrition: Lack of essential nutrients can impact hair health, notably deficiencies in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Lifestyle: Stress, smoking, and certain hairstyles that pull on the hair can increase hair loss.
  • Health conditions: Thyroid disorders, hormonal changes, and other medical conditions can contribute to increased hair shedding.

Understanding these factors can help you gauge whether the hair loss you’re experiencing falls within a normal range or if it’s being influenced by external factors.

Factors contributing to increased hair shedding

What can I do at home to reduce increased hair shedding?

To reduce increased hair shedding at home, you can try several strategies that nurture your scalp and hair, promoting overall hair health. These include:

  • Maintain a balanced diet: Ensure your diet is rich in essential vitamins and minerals that support hair growth, such as vitamins A, C, D, E, zinc, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids. Consuming a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can help strengthen your hair.
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is crucial for your overall health and can also improve the health of your hair. Hydration helps to keep your scalp moisturised, reducing the chances of dryness and brittleness in your hair.
  • Gentle hair care: Use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner suited to your hair type. Avoid washing your hair too frequently to prevent stripping it of its natural oils. When drying your hair, pat it gently with a towel instead of rubbing it vigorously.
  • Minimise heat styling: High temperatures from hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can damage your hair and lead to increased shedding. Try to limit the use of these tools and always use a heat protectant spray when you do.
  • Scalp massage: Regularly massaging your scalp can increase blood circulation, which in turn promotes hair growth. Use your fingertips to gently massage your scalp in circular motions for a few minutes daily.
  • Avoid tight hairstyles: Hairstyles that pull on the scalp, like tight ponytails, buns, or braids, can cause hair loss over time. Opt for looser styles that minimise tension on your hair follicles.
  • Manage stress: High stress levels can lead to hair shedding. Engage in stress-reducing activities like yoga, meditation, or any hobby that relaxes you.

Assessing your level of hair loss

Monitoring your hair loss can help distinguish between normal shedding and signs that may warrant further attention. If you notice sudden or patchy hair loss, or if you’re shedding more hair than usual over a prolonged period, it might be time to delve deeper into the underlying causes.

Significant deviations from normal hair shedding, especially when accompanied by other symptoms, should prompt a consultation with a doctor or hair loss specialist.

Assessing your level of hair loss

SMP as a solution to increased hair shedding

For those experiencing more pronounced hair loss, Scalp Micropigmentation offers a modern, non-invasive solution for both men and women. SMP involves depositing pigment into the scalp to mimic the appearance of natural hair follicles. This cosmetic procedure can significantly improve the appearance of thinning hair, bald spots, and receding hairlines, offering the appearence of denser, fuller hair.

SMP for hair loss in men

Take the first steps towards a more confident you

If you’re concerned about your hair loss and curious about whether SMP is right for you, reach out to our friendly team at Foli Sim. Our team of experienced professionals is here to provide you with a supportive and informative consultation, guiding you towards a solution that best fits your needs and unique pattern of hair loss.

Understanding that hair loss is a personal and often sensitive issue, we approach each consultation with empathy and professionalism. Our goal is to help you navigate your hair loss journey with confidence, offering solutions that align with your concerns and aspirations. At Foli Sim, we’re committed to helping you rediscover the confidence that comes with feeling good about your hair.

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