Do You Know How Many Hairs do We Lose a Day? (You would tear your hair if you know!)
Have you ever thought how many hairs do we lose a day? Or losing how many hairs can be called normal? Well…A few hair strands left on your comb after brushing is a normal thing. That’s what I kept thinking because it is a fact!
But, I did not realize that the count of strands was increasing every day. The hair fall started so gradually, making itself evident with a slight increase in the number of hair that fell off, that it was difficult for me to realize my hair were going from thick and voluminous to thin and on the verge of baldness!
Finally, on one day, I saw my SCALP!! Eeeeeeeeeee! I screamed!
My scalp was visible through the hair! It clearly meant I was losing hair in a number more than what could be called normal! But:
- How would anyone know whether his or her hair fall is normal?
- Is there any specific number?
- Is there any limit beyond which you can call it abnormal?
Yes, there is! Read on to how many hairs do we lose a day and when it can be termed normal and when not?
Let’s get to THE STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT numbers….
Noticing a few hairs on your hairbrush and pillow is normal. It is not called hair loss.
Hair shedding is the term used to describe it and it is a part of the cycle of hair growth.
Shedding is a natural process by which the old hairs are shed from the scalp. Each hair follicle undergoes a stage of growth that lasts for about two to eight years, followed by a resting stage of two months in which no growth occurs. These hair strands, then, fall out as a natural process and a new one grows in its place.
Most of us have almost 100,000 hairs on our heads and out of these, we lose just 100 to 125 hairs per day.
So, if you are losing more than 125 hairs per day, it’s no longer a "shedding.” It is more of a warning sign for you to know what’s in store for you!
Wouldn’t it Be Difficult to Count 125 Hairs?
Yes, it would be ridiculous as well as impractical to collect all the hairs you have lost in a day and count them strand by strand before the bedtime! And what if someone calls in when the counting is on? You may have to start all over again!
Hence, I won’t ask you to actually count the shed hairs. There is a small test you can do to differentiate between hair fall and hair shedding, which is called the
"The hair-pull test"
Here we go…
Grab about 30 to 40 hairs about an inch from your scalp between your forefinger and thumb, and then, tug the hair just hard enough to pull up your scalp while sliding your fingers along the shaft till the end.
Naturally, some number of hairs would be pulled out! Count the number of hairs that have fallen out.
If there are more than six hairs in your hand, it could be HAIR FALL!
Well… If you have passed this test, I mean if your hair loss is actually a hair fall and not shedding, it’s time to start taking more care of your hair. I will share with you some highly effective home remedies that will help you get rid of hair fall.
1. Hair Oil Massage
The best way to reduce your hair fall is to massage the scalp with the right hair oil. Proper massage of the hair and scalp will condition them and increase the blood flow to the hair follicles. This will enhance the strength of the hair roots.
Use coconut, almond oil, or olive oil for hair massage. You can add a few drops of rosemary essential oil as the base oil for faster and better results.
2. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is also a powerful home remedy for treating hair fall.
It produces a powerful effect on the hair growth when rubbed into the hair strands and the scalp, particularly at the spot where you’ve noticed more hair loss.
If you want to find out more about rosehip oil, spend some time to read this article best rosehip oil
3. Indian Gooseberry
For fast and natural hair growth, use Indian gooseberry. It is rich in vitamin C, the deficiency of which can cause severe hair loss.
The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, exfoliating, and antibacterial properties of Indian gooseberry can improve the health of your scalp and promote the hair growth. It can also help to prevent split ends, and hair breakage.
- Simply mix two tablespoons of Indian gooseberry juice in a few drops of lemon juice
- Use this mixture to massage your scalp of at least 10 minutes
- Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it on overnight
- Shampoo your hair in the morning.
if you have been crash dieting, stop it at once! It can be very dangerous for your hair as well as your general health!
It throws off the balance of your body’s hormones and allows your testosterone to easily change to dihydrotestosterone, which can kill the hair follicles.
In other words, follow a healthy and nutritious diet!
Some bonus tips…
- Stock up on Omega-3 rich foods like salmon, and sardines to seal in the shine. DHA supplements and distilled fish oils will also work well
- Say yes to Bran. It is rich in vitamin B, which can slow down your hair loss and promote the hair growth. Some other vitamin B-rich foods are beans, carrots, peas, cauliflower, nuts, soybeans, and eggs
- Eat more of Avocados. It prevents the damaging action of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the hair follicles, thus controlling your hair fall
- Be a green tea lover. Brew green tea for 5 minutes and let it cool down. Then, give your head a rinse with this liquid to get rid of the dandruff-causing fungus
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So, now you know when your hair fall is normal and when it crosses the limits and starts making the journey towards baldness. This information will help you and your family avoid the agony and scream my family experienced when I noticed the scalp visible through my hair!
You can use the home remedies mentioned above before your hair fall turns into a nightmare and preserve the beauty of your hair locks! I hope this information is helpful to you. Please leave your comment if you have any questions.