Lately, this seems to be a topic of discussion. Both in the salon and on social media. Why am I losing so much hair?
There are many reasons why you are losing your hair. But let’s remember that on average you lose about 150 hairs per day.
So the question to be asked is…Are you really losing more hair or do you just notice it more lately?
With Covid, we are seeing lots of people skipping the regular salon visits to keep those locks healthy. We may also be using some not-so-great products because our budget has changed. Improper care of your hair can in time cause issues that may result in your seeing more hair loss due to breakage or clogged follicles.
Another reason why we are seeing extra hair loss is many of us are wearing our hair up more. When your hair is up, you are not allowing for natural fall throughout the day. So of course when you let your hair down and comb it out it will seem like your losing a ton of hair.
Going back to the not-so-regular visits to the salon, your hair also maybe longer now. Longer hair doesn’t shed more but sure is noticeable when it does. Have you ever found a hair from your husband? Probably not unless he wears it long. Short hair still sheds but is often not long enough to notice.
If you are seeing a lot of hair falling but not noticing an actual difference in the feel of density then you probably have nothing to worry about.
When should I see a Doctor about my hair?
If you are noticing so much hair loss that your hair actually feels thinner, then you may want to talk to your Doctor or Dermatologist about it. So how do you know which one? That’s not always an easy answer but let’s look at some symptoms that can help us decide.
- Have you recently been put on a new medication? Talk to your Doctor
- Were you recently diagnosed with something? Talk to your Doctor
- Do you have thyroid issues? Talk to your Doctor
- Recent Stress or illness? Talk to your Doctor
- Scalp irritation or build-up on scalp? Talk to your Dermatologist
If you are ever really in doubt about who to talk to first start with your Doctor and let them refer you out to the Dermatologist. This may also be what your insurance will want anyways. Hairstylists, though trained to recognize scalp conditions never replace the expertise of your Doctor or Dermatologist. And that also goes for your well-meaning friends on FB.
What You Can Do For My Hair…
Finally, let’s talk a little about products that can help with hair loss. I will get in-depth more when I do reviews on certain products. The main thing I want you to understand is…
- Yes there are products that help with hair loss
- No, it does not work for everyone
You can only grow hair back if the follicle is still alive, but you can prevent more hair loss, the first step is seeing your doctor to find out why. Then your hairstylist can help recommend products. Most doctors are not schooled on all the products available. We know the ones that smell good and we have the testimonials from previous clients.