What is normal about hair loss?

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What is normal about hair loss?

By: Richard Mitchell

It is important to note that shedding of hairs is a natural process with anything from 100 to 300 hairs randomly shed each day. In this article we'll look at two distinct aspects of normal hair loss. Firstly, we'll examine what is actually involved in the hair growth cycle. Secondly, we'll assess the natural progression of hair loss over time.

Hair is composed of long, twisted keratin fibers that are protected by a coating of keratinized cells. Just below the surface of the skin lies a cluster of active cells known as the dermal papilla and it is from here that the hair grows into its follicle.

This growing fiber eventually hardens and grows out from the scalp. At this stage the hair fiber is dead with only the root tip containing living cells.

In a little more detail, the hair growth cycle, consists of three distinct stages:

1. Anagen stage - a phase of growth that can last between two and seven years. On average, each hair grows about six inches (15cm) per year.

2. Catagen stage - a phase of transition that lasts roughly two to four weeks. At this time the hair shaft detaches from the dermal papilla and moves up within a shrinking follicle.

3. Telogen stage - a resting period that lasts about three months allowing the hair to detach itself from the follicle before falling out. After this, the cycle repeats itself unless other factors intervene to prevent repetition of the cycle.

Clearly time has a role to play in the development of hair loss for both men and women. Humans are born with varying amounts of soft and fine body hair. Through time some of this hair becomes stronger and develops further characteristics such as colour and texture. Up to the onset of puberty the hairline is characterized by a low spread across the forehead. For men, this continues only for a few more years.

As men progress through their twenties the hairline takes on a more mature look typified by recessions to the frontal temporal regions and accompanied by slight thinning elsewhere. This concave appearance doesn't necessarily equate to premature balding as it is all a question of degree.

The Norwood Scale is an extremely useful tool in developing a hair growth strategy as it allows you to establish your own degree of hair loss in a way that is understood by physicians and other hair loss experts. More importantly, it can help to set your mind at rest and allow you to differentiate between normal hair loss that does not require remedial action and more extreme loss that calls for immediate action.

You can assess the extent of your own hair loss by following the link below.

Please go to Normal Hair Loss to find out more about the issues covered in this article.

About The Author

Richard Mitchell is the creator of the myhairlossadvisor.com website that provides information and guidance to those suffering from premature hair loss.


Aaron 05.11.2010. 02:42

Can I dye my hair while having postpardem hair loss? I'm 1 and I'm a little over 4 months postpardem. I've just started the normal hair loss that comes with having a baby and the hormonal changes and I want to know if I can dye my hair while having this hair loss.


Admin 05.11.2010. 02:42

Noooo! Its best to just wait. I made the mistake of relaxing my hair a month after having my daughter and one day while I was styling it a big chunk of it just fell out! I had to cut it very short. Just wait because its not worth it. Just wash, and condition and do hot oil treatments every now and again to keep it healthy. Oh, and take vitamins.


BizMomof3 15.06.2006. 03:26

What is the best way to handle female hair loss post-partum? My husband hates wigs...I can't afford expensive weaves.
What can I do to best deal with hair loss along my front hairline? (I was already told this is normal post-partum hair loss and that it will grow back over time.) Currently, I am wearing twists and have been wearing headbands to cover up the short hair spots.


Admin 15.06.2006. 03:26

I remember those days. I lost a lot of hair after I had my son. One way I dealt was to wear bangs to help disguise a slightly thinner hairline. I wore my hair curled and full, to make it look thicker.

My hair did grow back. It is not quite as thick as it was before, but it is still thick.


Nici 10.12.2010. 23:02

What is normal hair loss, and what is not? What is normal hair loss, and what is not? What could be causing too much hair loss?


Admin 10.12.2010. 23:02

>>>Tips for Preventing Hair Loss<<<:
* Avoid overwashing These can cause excess oil production.
*Avoid shampoos that have harsh chemicals, use a mild shampoo also wash your hair twice a week instead of every day.
* Bleaching and dying hair so often is that the chemicals are harsh and can lead to hair loss, coloring your hair every six months, highlights should be done every two to four months.
* Avoid daily heat styling, you should also try to stay away from high heat things such as such as a flat iron, curling iron or blow dryer
* Keep stress under control. Stress can cause hair loss,

>>>Best Practices<<<
* Shower with warm water instead hot water.
* Use a heat protectant when you use a heated styling tool and your hair is most variable when it wet try dry your hair on medium or low heat rather than high heat of the hair dryer, If you use a towel take good care of your hair, do not scratch or damage your scalp.
* Massage your scalp with essential oils.
* Use brush with rounded teeth, harsh nylon bristles and sharp teeth may damage the hair and scalp.
* Eat loaded with omega-3 fatty acids like fish, walnuts, flax seed and fish oil supplement other recommended food like egg, milk, green tea, avocado also avoid animal fat food like red meat


Ms Scarlet 22.12.2006. 16:56

What is the normal amount of hair loss on a daily basis? What can I do to get thicker hair ,and does stress cause hair loss.

Ms Scarlet

Admin 22.12.2006. 16:56

It is entirely normal to lose hair on a daily basis. On average, people lose fifty to one hundred hairs every day, and this is considered normal hair loss and is not any sort of problem. If you brush or wash your hair excessively, the amount of hair lost will rise. This is also normal.

We go through phases of hair growth, and about ninety percent of our hair is growing at any given moment. This growing phase lasts anywhere from two to six years. The remaining ten percent of hair on the scalp is in the resting phase, which is a phase that last about two or three months. Once this phase is completed, the hair sheds to make room for new hair.

Experiencing hair loss to a significantly higher degree is often considered a hair loss problem that can be caused by a number of different reasons. Causes for excessive hair loss include genetics, hormones, physical conditions, emotional conditions, diet, and medications.

If you are experiencing hair loss more than what is considered to be normal, it is important to get a professional opinion.


smartmom 03.01.2010. 23:09

How much hair loss is normal? I don't know if it's that I never noticed before because my hair has always been shorter, but I seem to be losing 20-25 hairs a day! I'm not noticing that my hair is any thinner, but every time I wash it or brush it, I lose more hair. So, is this a normal amount of hair loss, or is it because I'm getting older (I'm 37) or what?


Admin 03.01.2010. 23:09

100 strands a day is normal. If it isn't looking thin, then don't worry about it. As you lose hair, more hair grows in. Check out the medical site below for information.


Aaron 16.09.2010. 01:31

How much hair loss is normal for a teen male? If I take a shower and shampoo my hair, I get like 10 pieces of hair on my hands. If I try to smooth my hair when it's dry, maybe 5-10 pieces would fall out.

However, nobody in my family tree is bald, so is my hair loss normal, and if not what is causing this.


Admin 16.09.2010. 01:31

The average person, no matter what age, loses about 80 hairs a day. Don't worry about it too much, its normal. Your all good.


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