While it may be a scary thought, shedding is something that everyone has to deal with on a daily basis. We even wrote a blog post about it here.
While shedding is completely normal, how many hairs do we actually lose in a day? And what is too much?
How many hairs fall out in a day?
According to Healthline.com, the average person loses 50-100 strands of hair per day. This may seem like a lot, but the average person also has 100,000+ strands of hair on their head to begin with, so 50-100 really isn’t noticeable.
DevaCurl Director of Education Development, Siddeeqah Ra’oof, says “For someone like me with tons of hair, at different points in my life, I would get worried because I would always see hair on the floor. At the same time, I never noticed a lack of density or amount of hair still on my head. After I became a professional hairdresser, I learned that on average, we can lose 50-100 hairs per day. More than 100 is considered above normal and can be considered excessive or premature. That’s when it would be wise to see a physician to determine the cause.”
Why is this important to know?
If you have curly hair, you’re most likely not washing and brushing through it every day. This means that if you go say, 4 days in between washing, you can be seeing a loss of up to 400 strands of hair. It’s important to remind yourself that you’re not actually losing that many strands of hair in one day, but rather over the course of a few days. If you go longer between wash days, it can look even more dramatic.
Just like Jacquelyn Walent, stylist at Devachan and educator at DevaCurl Academy says, “It’s important to understand this to know if there actually is a concerning amount of hair loss or if it’s just a natural shed. For curlies who don’t brush their hair and usually go through their shed in the conditioning/detangling phase and also go a few days in between washes, it can feel like they are losing more than the normal amount.”
In short, of you are experiencing hair shedding that results in more than 50-100 strands of hair per day, it’s time to consult with a doctor. And while it can be scary looking at a ball of hair after detangling, remember that it is perfectly normal and hair shedding happens to everyone whether they have straight or curly hair.