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You Asked: My Hair Is Falling Out

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Dear Fit,
Every time I wash my hair or brush it, tons of strands come out. Is this normal or am I going bald? Is there anything I can do to prevent my hair from falling out?

—Thinning Tina

This is a great question that I'm sure many women are asking too. Let's chat a little bit about the hair on your head. It has a growth cycle, and since most of your individual hairs are on the same cycle, you'll lose a bunch at one time and it will feel like all your hair is falling out. It's totally normal to lose between 40 and 120 strands a day, and since people with thin, fine hair tend to have more strands, they'll lose more than a person who has thicker hair.

Intense stress can also cause your hair to fall out, as can certain medications. An unbalanced diet can also affect your hair, so make sure you're getting enough iron-rich foods such as oysters, beans and baked potatoes.

So unless you're losing more than you think you should, or you're noticing bald areas on your scalp, then I wouldn't worry.

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