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3 Ways to Decrease Hair Shedding

Hair in the sink was the main cause of my roommate drama in college.  I hated seeing those long hairs in the shower drain. As a black female with permed hair, I rarely saw shedding except for when I changed my  hair styles (every 2-3 months). It wasn’t until I went “natural” that I was really introduced to daily hair care and the dreaded shedding scares! Don’t be frightened.  Shedding is completely normal.

 The average human head has an estimated 100,000 to 150,00 hairs on it.  Shedding 30 to 50 strands daily is normal. Nervous you’re losing an excessive amount? Excessive hair loss would mean losing 100-200 hairs a day.  Note that curlier hair (like that of women of color) is more likely to shed than thin hair because women with curly textures tend to put more stress on their hair with styling.

Also take into consideration that we shed more hair in the cooler months than in the summer.  Surprising right? It’s hypothesized that this is because humans evolved to grow more hair in the summer to protect our scalps from UV damage.

 Visually, your daily hair loss should look like about the size of a golf ball when you roll it all up together (ew), but it varies depending on hair type and length.

In conclusion, everyone loses hair. Period. So you’re not alone.  But here are some ways that you can decrease the amount of hair you’re shedding.

1. Keep Your Hands Out Of Your Hair: The less you comb or brush your hair, the better. This does not mean you should neglect detangling your hair because that would cause knots and tangles leading to breakage when you finally do detangle. You should also not comb your hair form the roots down.  Hair should be combed starting from the ends first, and then working your way up.
2. Improve Your Nutrition:Healthy hair depends on the body’s ability to construct a proper hair shaft, as well as the health of the skin and follicles. Good nutrition assures the best possible environment for building strong, lustrous hair that doesn’t shed.
3. Deal With Your Stress:  Stress can cause the body to go into a kind of survival mode in which it only produces things vital for the body to survive. During these times, hair may not only shed but production may stop entirely.  Stress also increases cortisol levels and induces the hormone changes that are responsible for hair loss. By learning and practicing effective stress-management techniques you can help yourself to reduce the severity of the symptoms and restore hair to its previous quality.

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