Dermatologist Answers: How Much Hair Fall Is Normal?
We bet you can relate to this scenario: You’re taking a shower and once you’re done shampooing, you notice a big clump of hair circling the drain. Um, what is going on? And should you be worried?
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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