The average person loses between 50 and 150 hairs per day. The hair loss tends to be regular across your scalp and is simply part of the growth cycle, you are unlikely to notice where it has come from.
However, if your hair starts to fall out in a clump you will understandably be distressed. There are several reasons why this could be happening and, in some cases, it is possible to stop it from happening.
Understanding Hair Shredding
Your hair grows a small amount every day until it reaches its full length. This length is different for everyone but once it reaches it the hair strand will separate from its follicle. This is when it falls out and a new strand of hair starts to grow from the same follicle; it’s a natural process.
Male Pattern Baldness
Men lose their hair when the hormone dihydrotestosterone miniaturizes a hair follicle and causes the hair to fall out. It won’t grow back. This usually follows a pattern, starting with a receding hairline and gradually removing all the hair. There is often little that can be done to prevent this.
Health Reasons For Hair Loss
Losing hair in clumps is more commonly associated with health concerns. One of the most common is telogen effluvium. This condition describes hair loss following traumatic events or because you are constantly stressed.
Stress affects your body’s ability to produce other hormones. This can prevent the hair cycle from operating properly. While the average human has between 5-10 percent of hairs in the resting cycle, someone suffering from telogen effluvium will have as much as 30% of their hair in the resting cycle. This is when they are most likely to fall out and will result in you losing hair in clumps.
Using high-quality Olaplex hair treatments can help to reduce hair loss as it replaces the missing nutrients. But, simply addressing the issue will stop the loss of hair and allow it to regrow.
The other most common reason for hair loss in clumps is alopecia areata. This doesn’t affect all the hair on your head but is confined to specific parts. In this instance your immune system will target your hair follicles, seeing them as an infection. The immune system kills the follicles and your hair falls out.
Once gone it won’t grow back but this issue is commonly treated with anti-inflammatories and corticosteroids which can prevent further damage.
Response To Treatment
Hair is likely to fall out in clumps if you are experiencing radiation treatment, such as that commonly given to treat cancer. This type of hair loss is less shocking in that you know it is likely to happen. The good news with this type is that your hair will eventually grow back.
Losing hair in clumps is never a good sign. However, in most cases identifying the issue and making a few simple changes can not only limit the hair loss, it can even help you grow new hair. The key is to address the issue as quickly as possible.