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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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DeeMarie DeeMarie 9 years
I've also dealt with this in the past because I wore my hair up every day and I think it was pulling on my hair too much (even though it felt loose). I started wearing it down and getting regular trims to keep it healthy and the problem completely went away!
pebby01 pebby01 9 years
i'm growing my hair long to donate, and within the past few months i've noticed a lot falling out in the shower. i've always kept it short (like shoulder length or above) and i haven't had a haircut in nearly a year. i also tie it back almost every day since my hair is really curly and gets really poofy. i switched to a better shampoo and conditioner recently, and less has been falling out, but it's still more than i've ever had before.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I had a bit of this problem; my hair was thinner than usual (not bald however I could feel a difference.) I looked at my diet and noticed I lacked iron; I eat a mostly vegetarian diet however I would forget about including bean salads and potatoes. So I added iron to my diet (bought a bunch of kidney beans, chick peas, black beans to make a bean salad), ate more baked potatoes, added a better vitamin supplement, started taking vitamin drinks with extra protein; my hair is finally starting to grow in to it's normal thickness again however I had uneven hair because the ends were thin with volume at the top of my head where the new hair was!lol. I'm still having growing my hair out and get trims to even it. I also had to start deep-breathing exercises to lower my stress since I deal with a alot of stress. Wonderful post Fit!
bealotus bealotus 9 years
This was happening to me,no bald spots though and my hair stylist recommended me the Phyto products (you can find them at sephora). I've been using the vitamins, shampoo & conditioner. It's been working so good! I went to the doctor and we did a lot of blood work,my thyroid was fine, everything was fine,so she thinks it's just hormonal changes. I just changed birth control so let's see if that helps too. But the Phyto products are really good.
biochemlovely biochemlovely 9 years
If you start seeing bald spots, you may have a rare condition known as alopecia. This results in hair loss, but much of the time the hair will grow back naturally. However, it's very rare (less than 2% of women develop some form of alopecia in their lifetime), and you're probably just seeing normal shedding. Reference: J. Shapiro.
    Hair Loss in Women
. (2007). New England Journal of Medicine , Volume 357, pp. 1620-1630
thedingo thedingo 9 years
My hair is really dry. I usually wash it every 3 days, and that helps keep the good oils in. However, if I wash my hair on the 4th day or longer (it's happened after camping 6 days!) the amount of hair I lose LOOKS more than what it usually is, because I haven't been through the vigorous routine of shampoo - condition - leave-in - product - blowdry...
spiceG spiceG 9 years
you definitely should go to the doctor. hair falling out is a common symptom to many ailments. most common, is your thyroid, like the-kid said (which is easily treatable). the reason for your hair loss can usually be solved with a simple blood test at your doctor's office. please go. dont wait. being proactive is the best thing that you can do.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
A TON of hair comes out for me in the shower but I have a lot of hair so it's never been an issue. If it's a problem you really should see a doctor, there could be many things going on!
the-kid the-kid 9 years
have you considered hypothyroidism? my hair fell out like crazy before i was treated.
terrywagner123 terrywagner123 9 years
My hair is falling out from having Lupus, I am on a hair pill called Alphactif Nutrif, it's expensive, but, it seems to be working, I'll never have the head of hair I use to have, but, I no longer have bald spots. Meow
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
My poor sis started to losoe some hair and it's really bad. She had to go on pills and use special creme :( Poor sis :(
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