How much hair loss is normal?
When you find hair all over your bathroom, in your sink, in your bed and you’re constantly cleaning your hairbrush, don’t worry. More than likely, hair loss is completely normal. The average woman loses 50-100 strands of hair on a daily basis and in some cases up 150 strands.
To put this in perspective, Dr Claudia Lee explains, “if you run the fingers of one hand through a small part of your hair (say 60 strands), normally you would expect to see around 6 strands in your fingers.” So when is hair loss deemed, not normal? “More than 15 strands in your fingers from a small part of your hair is generally considered an increased amount of hair loss,” Dr Lee tells us.
There are many situations that may result in increased hair loss including: genetic causes, medical conditions such as thyroid disorders or medical treatments such as chemotherapy. Increased hair loss can occur after illness or infection, as a result of hormonal fluctuations, after having a baby or it can be a sign that you have nutritional deficiencies. Hair loss can also occur after an emotional event due to stress.
For most of us, hair loss is to do with breakage and regeneration of our scalp. If you’ve spent a lot of time bleaching, straightening and hair drying your tresses they can be even more prone to breaking. What most probably don’t realise, is that a diet lacking in nutrients can also lead to brittle hair and increased hair loss.
“To minimise hair loss it’s important to maintain adequate nutrition including good protein and fats, adequate sleep, hydration and time for you to re-energize”, Dr Lee advises. Smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol can also affect the health of your hair, resulting in breakage and greater loss so it’s important to keep drinking to a minimum and avoid smoking altogether.