Hair Shedding 101

If you have curly hair, chances are you’ve dealt with hair shedding. For most of us, it can be concerning when hair falls out on a daily basis, but it’s totally normal. But, what causes hair shedding? How much hair loss it too much? And, how can you prevent it? Today we’re here to give you the lowdown on everything you need to know about hair shedding.

What is shedding and is it normal?

Shedding is when the hair follicle naturally falls out from the root.

Just to be clear, this is not to be confused with breakage. Breakage occurs when the hair is damaged and literally breaks off. You can check the difference between breakage and shedding by looking closely at the hairs. Do you feel a bulb at the end of it? If so, that’s shedding. If not, that’s breakage.

Sadly, shedding is more common with curly-haired gals because we don’t wash or brush our hair as often as our straight hair counterparts. When we wash our hair, all of the hairs that ware caught in our hair from the last time we washed it naturally comes out.

Essentially, it’s normal to lose up to 100 hairs per day, so if you’re only washing your hair once or twice per week, it’s possible for you to see hundreds of strands of hair come out in the shower all at once! Just reassure yourself that this is normal and almost all curly girls deal with it.

What if I’m losing more than 100 strands?

If you’re losing more than 100 strands of hair per day, you’re dealing with excessive shedding, which is also fairly common. Excessive shedding can be caused by a number of reasons including giving birth, stress, scalp buildup, dandruff, losing weight, certain illnesses, and more.

If you can identify the reason for the shedding, you can most likely stop it in its tracks. But, if shedding has been a concern for a while now and you can’t figure out why it’s happening, try seeing a dermatologist for a more in-depth discussion to figure out the cause and how to prevent it.

Can I prevent shedding?

In short, not entirely. While you can lessen the amount of hairs that shed, you’ll never be able to completely stop shedding. See your hairstylist or dermatologist if you’re really concerned.

How can I lessen the shedding?

  1. Find the right cleanser and conditioner for your curl type. This ensures that your curls won’t dry out or be damaged which can lead to shedding.
  2. Remove build up. Product build up and dandruff can block your roots and lead to shedding, so be sure to clarify and exfoliate.
  3. Make sure to detangle your hair every time you finish washing your hair. Using a pre-poo (like Wash Day Wonder) before cleansing and finger detangling afterwards can make a world of difference.

Do you deal with shedding? Have any tips to reduce shedding? Sound off in the comments below!