Post # 1
After every shower I take, I have to scrape a huge hairball out of the drain. This is strange because my hair seems very healthy in other ways: it’s very soft and shiny, it’s voluminous and not thin, it grows quickly, it never gets split ends, etc. I don’t know, maybe it just seems like a lot because I never brush or comb my hair, so whenever I take a shower, 24 hours’ worth of hair loss happens all at once. But also, this seems to be happening much more recently. I’ve heard some forms of BC can cause hair loss, but I do not use any such thing. I have, however, been more stressed out lately–does stress cause hair loss?
Post # 3
Yes stress does cause hair loss. Also we are just like animals our hair on our heads shed just like their coats. You will notice a change in hair loss with the seasons….more hair loss happens in the summer time because that is your bodys way of cooling you down…..plus if you do not brush your hair on a regular basis the hair that is shedding builds up and then when you take that shower it comes out!
It is completely normal to shed hair. The only time you have to worry is when you actually see bald spots that is a sign something is SERIOUSLY wrong!
Im a licensed Cosmotologist!
Post # 4
Sometimes hair loss can be from a vitamin deficiency-usually B12. You can take a b12 supplement or biotin and that might help. Have you had any anesthesia within the last month? I know that if I have gone under for anything, even just dental stuff, I notice a bunch of hair falling out a week or two later. I’ve heard that is normal.
Post # 5
@SandyThePoet: I haven’t had anesthesia any time recently, but I suppose it could be a vitamin deficiency. I haven’t exactly been able to afford vitamins or good food since I lost my job. 😛
Post # 6
Do you have thick hair? Is this something new or have you always felt that you lose quite a bit when washing?
I have extremely thick hair (hair shafts are normal, just tons of hair) and I lose a giant hairball of hair every time I wash (every couple days). It is normal for those with more hair to lose more, makes sense right? I used to be a bit concerned but was reassured by several stylists.
As mentioned by PP stress and nutritional deficiencies can contribute to hair loss, so can hormonal changes and certain medications. Pick up a pre-natal vitamin if you can they work WONDERS for your hair and nails. I take one daily just for the supplements.
Post # 7
@Treejewel19:Ditto, I shed like crazy in the shower since I stopped brushing my hair (curly girl, anyone?)
Also… the longer your hair, the more it *seems* like you’re losing because each one strand is a lot of hair by itself!
Post # 8
@Treejewel19: I wanted to do the pre-natal thing but I was told they are not good for you unless you are trying to become pregnant b/c you could be getting too much of certain supplements..since the prenatals are designed to have enough nutrients for you and baby. Is that true? Cause I’ve seen people that have taken them for hair and it’s amazing how much it grows and how thick it gets.
Currently, I take biotin and folic acid daily for hair. I have thin hair and it was not growing fast. Due to an eating disorder when I was younger, my hair thinned like you would not believe. It used to be wonderfully thick and full of volume. Years later, and due to the supplements, it is beginning to get long and full again. The biotin and folic acid also have made my nails grow a little faster and I’ve noticed my eyelashes seem thicker/longer.
Another thing is to make sure you are getting enough protein in your diet. That also keeps hair from falling out and helps it grow. Unless you are seeing patches of bald, you are probably ok.
I read that hair has a natural process which includes shedding. You may be going through a shedding phase, and it will eventually stop. Are you over stressed lately? Cause that will do it , too.
Post # 9
@soyjoy222: Who told you not to take pre-natal vitamins? Was it your doctor (as in for a specific reason)?
I work for a vitamin/dietary supplement company and unless you overdose on the recommended daily dose you aren’t going to do any harm by taking prenatal vitamins. I have been taking them for five years since I started working here with good results.
It has been proven that we don’t eat enough of the vitamins we require with normal diet alone so unless your diet is packed with super nutrients you aren’t going to overdose on anything in the prenatals. However, if you are concerned there are hair, skin and nail supplements only without the addition of folic acid and DHA etc (typical prenatal ingredients) that you can take.
Post # 10
THIS HAPPENS TO ME TOO AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I asked my hairdresser if she thought my hair was thinning out she said it’s as thick as ever, annoyingly thick LOL. I don’t think it is- I’ve seen thicker. However she said it’s normal for people with hair like mine (ours) to lose a lot and you notice it more in the shower if your hair is really long. We typically lose 50-100 strands a day depending on how thick your hair is… You also lose more around this time and into fall (your shedding for your new winter coat).
Post # 11
@Treejewel19: Ah…I heard it from the doctor and I was worried about the extra iron. I really want to try them. I just have been using the folic acid and biotin instead. Once I’m out of those I think I might try the prenatals.