HELP! I’m losing clumps of hair in the shower!

  • Published on October 5, 2018

    By: Vicky Russel : Licensed Cosmetologist & at La’ James International College Des Moines. 

    We find in this industry people are concerned with the amount of hair they are losing at different times. There can be several factors to why we go through hair shedding. Genetics and health are two main areas to look at.


    Hair Shedding is natural, we can shed on average 100 strands a day. First think about this, the human head has 100,000 to 150,000 hairs. So, loosing 100 strands a day is a small percentage. To determine if the amount you are shedding is normal look at these 4 factors. 

    How dense is your hair? When look at the hair on your scalp, can you see your scalp easily, a little or not so much? The more strands you have on your head the more you can expect to shed.

    How long is your hair? Crazy to think you will lose the same amount of hair if its 3 inches or 15 inches long! What? How? Remember the longer your hair the more you have the illusion of “more” hair but it’s still the same number of strands.


    How often do you shampoo your hair? Believe it or not, this also plays a big role in the amount of hair you shed in the shower. If you shampoo your hair every day, you will find less traceable hair vs someone who shampoos their hair every 3-4 days.

    Could internal or external factors be affecting the shedding amount?

    • Internal factions include: hormone imbalance, high stress levels, diets (protein deficiency), medications, surgeries, diabetes, thyroid issues and heredity baldness.
    • External factors include: hairstyles, chemicals, free radicals and even hair pulling.

    Photo & Author: Vicky Russel : Licensed Cosmetologist & at La’ James International College Des Moines. 



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