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What amount of hair loss is normal?

Hair loss is a common concern for many people, and it can be distressing to notice more hair than usual falling out. However, it's important to know that some degree of hair loss is normal and part of the natural hair growth cycle. In this blog post, we'll explore what amount of hair loss is considered normal and when to seek medical advice.

On average, a person can lose between 50 and 100 hairs per day, which may seem like a lot, but it's normal. Hair growth has three stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen. During the anagen phase, hair grows actively, which can last between two to six years. Hair follicles shrink and hair growth slows down during the catagen phase. Finally, during the telogen phase, hair is shed, and new hair starts to grow in its place.

It's important to note that not all hair follicles are in the same phase at the same time, which means some hair is always in the process of shedding. Therefore, it's normal to see some hair fall out while combing, brushing, or washing your hair.

However, if you notice an increase in the amount of hair falling out or thinning of the hair, it may be a sign of an underlying condition. Some common causes of hair loss include genetics, hormonal changes, stress, and certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders and alopecia areata.

If you're concerned about your hair loss, it's a good idea to consult a healthcare professional, such as a dermatologist or a trichologist, who can help diagnose the underlying cause and recommend appropriate treatment. Treatment options may include medications, hair transplant surgery, or lifestyle changes, depending on the cause of hair loss.

In conclusion, a certain amount of hair loss is normal, but if you notice an excessive amount of hair fall, it's important to seek medical advice. Knowing what's normal for your hair can help you identify when something is out of the ordinary and take action to prevent further hair loss.


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