Most people think that hair shedding is the same with hair loss. Well, to clarify on this matter, hair shedding is different from hair loss. In short, hair shedding is a natural phenomena which is part of the growth cycle while hair loss is a common problem which stops the hair from growing due to several underlying reasons.
Even though the precise growth rate is different from person-to-person, hair grows around 1.3cm on average every month. Ever wonder how a growth cycle of hair is? Take a look at the 4 phases of growth below:
1. Anagen (Growth Phase) – Hair grows actively in this stage.
2. Catagen (Transitional Phase) – Hair follicles shrink and detach from the blood supply
3. Telogen (Resting Phase) – The hair is no longer growing and new hair starts to form underneath
4. Exogen (Shedding Phase) – In this phase hair detaches from follicle and falls off.
Normally, every person will lose 50-100 hairs a day. Since everyone has an average of 150,000 hairs, it means that the total hair loss will be less than 1% every day. There’s nothing wrong with it. On the other hand, if you experience hair shedding in a greater amount and frequency, it probably shows that you are having a hair loss problem.
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