The Dreaded Shed: When is Shedding More Than Shedding?

Hair shedding is a very common phenomenon. We have all at some point had that helpful friend or loved one ever-so-gently pluck a rogue hair from the back of our shirts or shoulders. Although we would rather keep all the head hairs we have, the shed is usually normal and it was just the hair’s […]

mother-daughter-700x4632

Hair shedding is a very common phenomenon. We have all at some point had that helpful friend or loved one ever-so-gently pluck a rogue hair from the back of our shirts or shoulders. Although we would rather keep all the head hairs we have, the shed is usually normal and it was just the hair’s “time to go” so to speak.

feat2In most cases shedding is a completely normal process. It is healthy to shed 50-100 hairs each day with standard grooming practices. After a hair has grown to its full potential, it enters a resting phase, which is a natural part of the hair's growth cycle. Any time during this phase, which lasts 3-4 months, the hair will shed in order to start anew.

It is also very common to “shed” hair because it simply breaks from dryness or damage. An easy way to tell if your hair is making its debut on your bathroom floor because of breakage is to question your hair styling practice. If you tend to utilize a hair dryer, straightener, or other heated styling tools, this can dry out the hairs and lead to breakage and hair loss. Coloring hair with products containing bleach, peroxide, or ammonia, or exposure to other chemicals like pool chlorine are also damaging to hair. It may be as simple as using clip-on hair accessories, or hair-elastics with exposed rubber that could be snagging and breaking hair.

With that said, we see a lot of women experiencing hair loss that tell us they are noticing a lot of shedding, or more shedding then “normal”. Because this is a natural part of the hair’s life, it is important to identify when shedding is normal, when it is possibly due to breakage, or if there is something else going on. Ultimately, when shedding appears to coincide with noticeable thinning areas; such as exposing a wider part or areas of your scalp, it would be a good idea to seek a hair loss expert’s opinion.

Posted by Lacey Sellati, RN, PA-C

Take Control Of Your Hair Loss

Speak with a Medi Tresse medical expert in person or virtually and get your personalized hair loss treatment plan.

Our Locations

Boston

888 Worcester Street, Suite 95
Wellesley, MA 02482

Medical Director: Mary Wendel, MD

Phone: (774) 314-3900
Visit Medi Tresse Boston Page

Worcester

108 Grove Street
Worcester, MA 01605

Medical Director: Mary Wendel, MD

Phone: (774) 314-3900
Visit Medi Tresse Worcester Page

Westchester

2 Overhill Road, Suite 320
Scarsdale, NY 10583

Medical Director: Mark DiStefano, MD

Phone: 914-704-3070
Visit Medi Tresse Westchester Page

Chattanooga

7305 Jarnigan Rd, Suite 110
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Medical Director: Deborah DiStefano, MD

Phone: 423-664-4494
Visit Medi Tresse Chattanooga Page

Welcome to Medi Tresse

The Medi Tresse team is composed of experts in female hair loss. We are committed to offering innovative, non-surgical treatments for hair rejuvenation in women. Whether you are simply looking to increase your hair’s thickness or want to stop more extensive hair loss, Medi Tresse has a wide array of solutions ranging from platelet-rich plasma therapy to low-level laser therapy.

Contact Us

You can reach us by phone at one of our 4 convenient locations or by email at info@meditresse.com

Follow Us

Sign up for our Newsletter

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram