Most of us tend to watch our shedding carefully and we panic when we notice more shedding than normal. The truth is shedding is a natural part of the hair’s growth cycle. On average, between 50 and 150 strands of hair are shed each day. Individual rates vary and can be affected by many factors including the seasons of the year.
For example research suggests that some women may notice higher than normal shedding during the Fall months (October and November) in comparison to the Summer months, but this is nothing to worry about.
You may experience excessive shedding if you’ve experienced any of the following stressors:
• Had an operation
• Weight loss of twenty pounds or more
• high fever
• had a baby (postpartum shedding)
• had an illness particularly if this illness involved a high fever
• been through a stressful situation such as job loss, divorce etc.
• Stopped taking birth-control pills
Excessive shedding usually shows up within a few months of undergoing the stressful event. For example, postpartum shedding usually begins about 8 weeks after birth. As your body adjusts after pregnancy and returns to normal your shedding will normalize and your hair will return to its usual fullness.
Try not to worry about shedding too much but if you’re seriously concerned, seeking medical advice is the best thing to do. It may give you peace of mind that the cause is nothing serious, or it can help you address whatever the underlying cause of the shedding is and restore your health, which is also a plus.
In addition to seeing a medical practitioner, we would also recommend boosting your hair’s health with a hair vitamin. The extra nutrients that come with a vitamin will nourish your hair follicles and reduce hair fall overall.
If you notice that you are losing hair in a specific region of your scalp, like your crown or your nape then the hair loss might be caused from stress that you are putting on that section of your hair due to styling.
To be sure if the loss is related to physical stress, you should still see a dermatologist and change whatever style you are doing to cause the stress. With that said tea rinses are known to reduce shedding and as an added benefit, the caffeine in tea will boost your hair growth.
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