Hair Shedding vs. Hair Loss?

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Hair Shedding vs. Hair Loss

Reviewed By Dr. Kalpesh Kumar Maheshbhai Prajapati MBBS, DNB (Dermatology, Venereology, Leprosy)

Let’s talk about the difference between hair loss and hair shedding.

To keep it simple, hair shedding occurs when hair falls from the scalp, while hair loss occurs when the hair stops growing.

It is normal to lose about 50 to 100 hairs per day. When a person loses significantly more than that number, it’s a sign that their hair is shedding — or that a greater-than-normal number of follicles have entered the exogen phase.

Specifically, hair shedding is a sign of telogen effluvium, the aforementioned condition that results from extreme stress on the body.

In the case of hair loss, the hair won’t begin growing again until the cause of the hair loss stops.

Ultimately, your dermatologist will be your best resource for helping you determine if you’re experiencing hair shedding or hair loss.

Dr Kalpesh Prajapati