Hair Loss vs Hair Shedding

Hair Loss vs Hair Shedding

It’s likely that you’ll have seen or encountered your loose hairs around the house, on your clothes and brushes, or in the shower, and it might have made you think about whether or not this means you’re destined to end up going bald.

It’s understandable to have such anxieties., Without a proper understanding of what constitutes excessive hair loss over hair shedding, it can cause us to worry and stress about whether or not these are signs of thinning hair and possible baldness.

In this post we’ve explained the differences between hair loss and hair shedding, as well as the signs to look out for that may suggest you’re losing your hair. In addition, we’ve answered some of the main questions people have on this subject and what steps to take if you have concerns about your hair loss.

How much hair loss is normal?

Hair loss is actually something that happens to us every day, often without us even noticing. According to the NHS1 we can lose between 50 and 100 hairs over a 24 hour period, so if you do happen to spot any loose hairs it’s probably just part of our normal and healthy daily hair loss.

What is hair shedding?

Hairshedding is a normal part of the hair growth cycle.2 The 50 to 100 hairs we naturally ‘lose’ are actually just at a certain point of the hair cycle where the follicle sheds an old hair to then regrow a new one. Our follicles are also cleverly not synchronised – in other words, they’re all at different stages of the cycle – which means we maintain a level of density with our hair.

Hair loss vs shedding: The key signs

We need to understand how we can differentiate hair shedding over hair loss. Hair loss itself is when the hair has stopped growing altogether and it doesn’t come back,3 but it can be tricky to tell the difference between when your hair has simply been shedding rather than thinning.

Here are some key signs and indicators you’re experiencing hair loss rather than just shedding:4

  • Noticeable thinning along your hairline and crown, which is symptomatic of male pattern baldness.
  • Patchy or circular bald spots on your scalp.
  • Hair loss on other areas of your body.
  • You start having trouble styling or shaping your hair in the same way and it feels thinner in certain areas.
  • You notice clumps, or excess numbers, of hairs on your hands when you wash or run your fingers through it.
  • A noticeable difference between how your hair looks now and how it looked in pictures of yourself when you were younger.

Am I losing my hair?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions and unfortunately there’s no one simple answer to it. If you are suffering from hair loss there can be multiple reasons why and this ranges from your genetic disposition to your lifestyle choices and the environment you live in.1

The best course of action if you are concerned would be to seek expert advice from a specialist hair loss consultant, trichologist or advisor about how and why you might be losing your hair.

In addition to this, you could take the Fagron TrichoTest™, as this scientifically validated test analyses both your different gene variations and your lifestyle to then accurately determine the causes of your hair loss and which treatment would work best for you.

To find out more about this or to book a test click here.

References

  1. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hair-loss/
  2. https://dermnetnz.org/topics/hair-shedding/
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/hair-loss
  4. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/understanding-hair-loss-symptoms
The Trichotest Team
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