Head and body hair loss happens to everyone; in fact research suggests that losing up to 100 strands of hair per day is normal. The hair goes through phases of growth, called the anagen and telogen phases. During the anagen phase, hair is in a growth cycle and during the telogen phase, hair is in a resting phase. It is during this phase that hair loss is experienced. Losing this hair allows for new hair growth and is part of the normal cycle of a hair follicle. Still, people might wonder what the difference between normal and abnormal hair loss is.
Here are some clues that shed some light on normal hair loss:
Poor health and unhealthy habits can cause hair loss.
The hair follicles are sensitive to the health of the body. If you are under a great deal of stress or have been suffering from an illness, hair loss can increase. The two aren’t always linked as it can take up to 12 weeks for the resulting hair loss to occur.
Changes in diet can cause hair loss.
Since hair isn’t essential for survival, other parts of the body take up most of the nutrients more quickly, leaving the left overs for building hair cells. Now, the body is an extremely efficient machine, so it’s ok that the process happens in this way. However, because of this process, diets that are low in nutrients can result in hair loss or lagging growth. Also, the recent trends in juicing and dieting that are low in protein and iron can result in hair loss if you aren’t supplementing as well.
Pregnancy can cause you to shed.
Postpartum shedding is an occurrence that about 50% of women will experience shortly after giving birth. Hormonal changes including the lower estrogen levels following the pregnancy can cause hair follicles to enter the telogen phase. However, this is a temporary experience and once hormone levels normalize, growth will as well.
Both men and women experience normal hair loss. While the longer hair that women tend to have is more noticeable around the house and in the drains, both men and women shed at about the same rate. Women’s hair is also subject to more breakage because of the constant styling and coloring that they typically experience.