I seem to be losing a lot of hair lately. Is that normal?
A I speak to many of my clients and friends that are concerned about the amount of hair that they are losing.
I generally hear that when my clients wash their hair and they look in the bath they see an abnormal amount of hair.
There are many factors that can come into play!
- Are you on any medication?
- Have you recently been more stressed at work?
- Have you just got over a cold/flu?
- Have you recently changed your diet?
Aside from this you naturally lose anywhere between 50-150 strands of hair per day, this does seem quite a lot but is normal.
“We have over 100,000 hairs on our head, which is a good thing”
Aside from the hair that you see that has fallen on your clothes, sink, bathroom floor, or in your brush, when you wash your hair (and if you have not washed it for a few days) you could see up to a few hundred hairs in the bath, the size of a golf ball! Please remember this is normal!
New hairs are always growing and replacing the ones that fall out.
Hair grows between two to six years; this growth phase is called Anagen Phase. Then it rests for a few months, this is called the Telogen Phase, which is when the hair falls out BUT new hair then begins to grow. This cycle is repeated.
THE GOOD NEWS!
At any one time, most of your hair is in the Anagen Phase, while roughly 15% is in the Telogen Phase.