I’ve recently noticed that long strands of my hair fall out every time I shower. I have long, curly hair, and I always end up finding a bunch of strands falling out after I shampoo and sometimes when I’m drying my hair. Is there something wrong with me? Is this normal? How much hair should you be losing in the shower? Does this mean I’m going bald?
As scary as it might be to see a clump of stray hairs at the bottom of your drain after a shower, trust me when I see this is (almost always) normal. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt a tinge of fear at the amount of hair that seems to have fallen out of my head as I wash it, but I too have been reassured that it’s okay to lose hair in the shower. Still feeling hesitant? Let’s speak to an expert. I brought in my friend Dr. Sherry Ross from the site HelloFlo (a monthly period care package you need to check out) to discuss this.
Dr. Ross said, “It may surprise you that each of us normally lose or shed up to 100 hairs a day. After you shower and wash your hair, you will see your hair brush slowly fill up with stray hairs, and this can be a completely normal daily phenomenon.”
So if it’s normal for you to shed in the shower, then how do you know when something bad is going on? Dr. Ross said: “When should you be concerned? If you start to notice a significant change in the amount of hair you find in your hair brush or on the shower walls, or if you notice bald spots or clumps of hair falling out from your scalp. If it’s a big difference, you should bring it to the attention of your health care provider.”
That said, it’s also normal for the amount of hair you lose to fluctuate a little bit. One shower you might notice a few strays, and another, there might be a bunch more. I’ve personally noticed that I always have more stray hairs if I’ve gone a few days without washing it, have had it up in a messy bun, and have used a lot of dry shampoo. Like Dr. Ross said, it’s not a health care issue until it’s a significant amount more, you’ve noticed patchy bald spots, or if large clumps of hair fall out for no reason (i.e. you’re not showering or brushing it). So if you’re really worried, pay attention to how much hair is falling out – but in general, if you were having a serious hair loss problem, you would probably know.
If you’re really stressed, head to the doctor to make sure everything is okay. Hair loss is not reserved for older people or sick people, and many young women experience it when they least expect it. It’s definitely a valid concern, but again, it would probably be more dramatic if it was a serious issue. Good luck!