My hair is falling out, I mean in handfuls… I have always had lots of hair and shed plenty, but this is different for me. I have what I call “hair shedding seasons” where more than normal hair comes out. But this feels like twice the amount!
Normal Hair Shedding
The normal amount of hair a person sheds is 50 – 100 hairs per day. I certainly haven’t counted my hairs everyday, but it has to be more than that. Losing any more than that is termed telogen effluvium. So I started searching my scalp for bald spots. Fortunately no spots, aka alopecia areata, but I still wasn’t happy with the amount of hair coming out.
Finally I asked a dermatologist who said this can be normal for several reasons. Some common reasons women will shed more hair include stressful events, after giving birth, stopping birth control pills, or recovering from an illness. Fortunately, most women stop the excessive shedding about 6 months later, assuming the cause is no longer there.
So I’m thinking my excessive stress, no surprise there. My biggest stress relief is exercise, which I can’t do now because of my knee… So I will be focusing on a healthier, happier, life. Incorporating more sleep and yoga to help manage my stress.
I also have started using several hair masks and started using Tresemme volumizing shampoo and conditioner to help with making my hair appear thicker. I also am not washing my hair more than 3 times per week, enter the Show Dry Shampoo, so I don’t dry it out and damage it. I don’t think any of these products will help decrease my shedding, but I am hoping they promote healthy hair growth while I wait for the hair loss to stop!