Losing a small amount of hair every day is completely normal and it is absolutely nothing you need to worry about, most people will find a few strands of hair on their pillow each morning, in their hairbrush and in the shower after washing hair.
For some, it can be alarming if you think you’re losing more hair than normal. Today we’re talking hair washing and how much hair you should expect to lose on a daily basis.
Both men and women will lose hair every single day and for most, you won’t even realise its happening. This is all part of the normal, and healthy hair growth cycle. Without hair loss, your hair growth cycle wouldn’t allow new growth of new and healthy hair – so in this case, hair loss is a good thing.
Each of your hair follicles lives in a long growth cycle where your hair continues to grow, this is then followed by a short period of rest. During the rest phase the hair follicle is still attached to the scalp but it is no longer growing. After a while, the resting phase will end and the hair will shed in order to create space for new hair growth.
The average human head has around 100,000 hair follicles and as you can imagine you have some follicles entering the resting phase on a daily basis – meaning hair shedding each day is completely normal.
There are a number of different factors that can change the hair growth cycle and hair follicles can then spend more or less time in the resting phase, for some with a longer rest phase this can cause the hair to thin. Something you could experience as you age.
It’s hard to say exactly how much hair you ‘should’ lose during a task such as washing your hair or brushing it, this can differ from person to person and it can even differ depending on personal factors. For example, if you’ve had your hair tied up in that same top knot for two days without brushing (we’ve all been there) and then you finally decide to wash it, you’ll have a couple of days worth of loose hair that will come out in the shower. If however, you’re a regular brusher who washes their hair on a daily basis you can expect to see less shedding.
It is normal to lose between 60 to 100 hairs on a daily basis, however, this can differ from person to person. If you feel as if your hair is thinning or you are losing more hair than normal there could be a number of different reasons for this happening such as hormonal changes, stress, age and many more.