Question: How can I tell if the amount of hair falling out into my brush and shower drain is normal and what can I do to decrease further shedding?
Answer: According to dermatologist Dr. Francesca Fusco, losing between 50 to 100 hairs per day is normal. “That can look different to everyone and depending on how long your hair is, it can look like a scary amount,” she says, adding that the most shedding occurs in autumn. “It’s an evolutionary adaptation to keep more hair on your head in the summer months to shield from the sun, so it can look excessive when it falls out starting late August or early September.”
One quick way to check if the hair loss is something to be concerned about is to examine the strand: “You should see a little white bulb on the end which indicates that it’s a telogen hair, meaning it was ready to fall out and there’s a new hair coming out of the follicle behind it.” Fusco advises patients to prepare their hair for the change in seasons by adding a humidifier to their bedroom and spiking it with a few drops of lavender oil (“It’s been documented in medical publications through the aromatherapy effect to decrease stress and help with loss”), speaking to their internist or gynecologist about taking prenatal vitamins and cutting back on hot styling tools.