Hair loss is a common condition that most people experience to some degree during their life. Hair loss appears in many different ways, but people often first realize there is a problem when they notice clumps of hair in the bathroom drain.
While seeing a growing pile of hair in the drain can be distressing, there's no need to panic. Nearly everyone, regardless of gender, experiences hair loss at some point. There are several reasons you may notice more hair in the drain when you shower, and there are also steps you can take to slow and prevent your hair loss.
Why Do I Lose So Much Hair in the Shower?
Losing strands of hair is a normal part of the hair growth cycle. As a new hair begins to grow, the old one detaches and eventually falls off. We often find these shed hairs on our clothing or bedding, in our comb or brush, and the drain when we shower. The average person loses up to 150 strands of hair daily, so it's not unusual to find a few loose hairs, and they are often most noticeable when clumped up in the bottom of the drain.
When you wash your hair, the vigorous movement dislodges hairs that are ready to shed and hairs that have been damaged or weakened from everyday activities. Sometimes, this can make it seem like you're losing more hair than usual in the shower.
Before you start to worry about how much hair you seem to lose, you should be aware that some factors will affect how much hair you lose in the shower. These factors include:
- The thickness of your hair. Generally speaking, if your head has more hair, you will lose more strands when you shower. People with thick hair typically have more strands of hair on their heads, meaning more hair that is ready to shed.
- How often you shower. Hair tends to fall out in the shower because shampooing and conditioning your hair stimulates your scalp. If you haven't washed your hair for a few days, you might notice more loose hair in the drain.
What Can You Do To Protect Your Hair?
If you think you are losing more hair in the shower than usual, you can take steps to prevent it and protect your luscious locks. One of the most important steps you can take to protect your health and the health of your hair is to reduce your stress levels. While reducing stress isn't always easy, stress has a significant impact on the health of your hair. Some steps you can take to reduce stress include:
- Getting adequate sleep
- Taking at least 10 to 15 minutes for yourself every day
In addition to reducing stress:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Be gentle with your hair when styling and washing
- Avoid washing your hair in hot water as this can strip away the natural oils and leave your hair dry and brittle
Determine the Cause of Your Hair Loss
Hair loss in the shower is not usually a cause for alarm. It just happens to be a place where loose hair collects and is easily noticed. However, if you are seeing clumps or patches of hair falling out suddenly or are concerned about the rate at which you lose hair, the experts at Mane Image Hair Replacement Center can help.
The first step to finding a solution for your hair loss is determining the cause. At Mane Image Hair Replacement Center, our team of experts will help you find the cause of your hair loss and recommend steps to prevent and reverse the condition. To learn more about how you can keep your hair healthy, contact us today and schedule your FREE initial consultation.