What is the normal rate of daily hair loss?
It is difficult to fix an average number to determine the amount of hair to lose on a daily basis. Each person's hair is unique and too many variable factors come into consideration. However, here are some help in understanding what hair fall you should expect and what is more.
The hair follows a hair life cycle. When a hair dies, another new hair replaces it and makes the old hair fall. It is therefore normal that you lose some hair everyday. In a normal hair life cycle, there should be 10-15% of telogen hairs (i.e., hair that is ready to fall) on one's head. But how much hair can we thus lose, for physiological reasons, on a daily basis? Here is where it is impossible to fix an average number: it can easily double from one person to another.
Causes for Variation
- Anagen hair: how long is your anagen phase (the phase in which your hair is growing). The span at which the hair remains in this stage of growth is determined by genetics. It lasts anywhere from 2 to 5 years and as much as 85% of our hair is usually in this phase. Some people cannot grow the hair past shoulder length, others can grow their hair down to their ankles. The length of your anagen cycle limits the length to which you could grow your hair.
- Your hair’s natural density per square centimeter that you were genetically granted at birth. The higher it is, the more hair will fall naturally, every day: that is the second variable. And, given that from one person to another, this density can vary from 180 to 320 hairs, it is difficult to establish an average.
- Morphology is the third variable to take into account. The size of the head, the way the hair is implanted (low or high, at forehead or at nape level) are as many factors that determine the scalp’s total surface, and therefore the number of hairs, no matter how many there are per square centimeter.
In other words, it can be some women’s norm to lose from 20 to 25 hairs a day, while others’ with denser hair and a fast hair cycle can lose up to 70 or 80, even 100, with it remaining normal.
Trichologists can distinguish between hair loss and the normal hair shedding
If you are concerned by the amount of hair falling out, you don’t need to suffer in silence. You can turn to a us for help.
A trichologist can find the cause or causes and tell you what you can expect. Effective treatments options are available for many types of hair loss. The sooner treatment begins, the better the prognosis.