How much of your hair falls out in the shower?

When I stopped brushing my hair I noticed more came out in the shower. I figured that this was the hair that wasn't falling out due to brushing. And I know that humans are supposed to lose some hair everyday. But sometimes I wonder if I am losing too much (I'm not losing handfuls or anything, just several hairs at a time, sometimes as much as 20 or so). I am a vegetarian in college, so I don't often have time to plan proper vegetarian meals. I am wondering if maybe I have a protein defeciency.

How much hair do you all lose in the shower/throughout the day?
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I lose a pretty big clump every time - always have. It hasn't impacted the thickness of my hair though. If you feel like your hair isn't getting any thinner, it doesn't sound like there's a problem.
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I lose a ton each time I shower--it's been more since I stopped brushing as well, I think it's completely normal, especially if you don't wash everyday. Then all those loose hairs build up and look scarily excessive... but really it's a healthy amount.
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Agree with what's been posted so far.

I also feel like I lose a ton of hair in the shower, but it's not getting thinner or anything. I think it's because I don't brush...just comb it out once a day in the shower. So it all comes out at once instead of losing a few hairs here and there each time I brush. Also, when I've blown my hair out, I have a tendency to run my fingers through it (bad, I know), and I'm sure I lose a few more then.

If your hair seems to be thinning out, I'd worry. But as you can see, losing a lot of hair in the shower is a common curly issue, so I wouldn't worry.
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Thanks girlies! That makes me feel better. But sometimes I feel like my hair is a bit thinner. I was thinking about it and maybe I could do an "experiment" and try to eat more protein (shakes and tofu, etc) and see if less falls out. Mad hair scientist on the loose!!
Sorry ^^^ me.
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Hair is pretty great now that it's colder, now I'm focusing on my skin. Sniffle.
I lose probably 20 or so hairs, every other day in the shower when I comb conditioner through. I think its normal. But I think protein is a very good thing if you think your hair is getting thinner. Hair can thin out if you are under a lot of stress too. I had that problem when my younger son was a toddler and they were evaluating him for autism (he didn't have it he was just a late talker). I went to the doctor eventually about my hair falling out and they said it was stress.
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OK, so I guess I'm "normal", but I can't help but think that after a few years all of this "normal" hair loss can add up to a lot. I know it grows back, but hair falls out a lot faster than it grows.
I lose a ton in the shower. Plus it is all over the bathroom floor and always a few strands on my clothes. Yuck. I have very fine individual hairs, but there are so darn many of them. I don't think diet is involved. Long hair just looks like you are losing so much more. If your hair is 15" long, say, it will look like you are losing three times as much hair as someone whose hair is 5" long.

Hair loss is a cycle. Each follicle grows for a certain length of time (say two years -- depends on the person) then drops. Rest period for a while. Then a new one grows in its place. Ta-da!

People who are able to grow hair to their butt or even feet just have a much longer growth cycle. Most people can't do that even if they never cut it.

http://www.howstuffworks.com/question100.htm
Thanks Shandy, that was really informative and makes me feel a lot better.
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Hair is pretty great now that it's colder, now I'm focusing on my skin. Sniffle.
This thread reminded me of how I have to constantly explain stuff about my wavy/curly hair to my DH.

When we were first living together (in sin, lol) it occurred to me that he might see the hair balls in the trash that I throw away after my shower. When I explained that I lose gobs of hair in the shower 'cause I don't brush my hair, he said he was relieved, because he thought maybe I had that disorder that causes people to obsessively pull out their hair (yeah, like I said, I lose GOBS of it!).

To this day, 10 years into our relationship, he still suggests that I brush my hair if I'm complaining about how out of control it is. Every now and then (like every couple of years) I'll brush my hair before bed to remind him that brushing + natural curl = a fuzzy, poofy, frizzy mess. I swear he's a very intelligent man re: other topics, but this concept seems to elude him. Orrrrrr, come to think of it, he could just be messing w/ me...
My BF stays out of my hair's formidable way... BUT when I told my mom that I don't brush or shampoo my hair, she was horrified and convinced that it meant that I was trying to grow dreads!!!! She's barely a 2a and never understood me....... ahhh childhood memories (my mom cut my hair until I was 12...bad)
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Hair is pretty great now that it's colder, now I'm focusing on my skin. Sniffle.
I've been loosing a TON in the shower since I've gone curly (March/06). Occasionally I worry, but it doesn't seem to be thinning out, so . . . *shrugs*

It is good to know that it's normal, though.

And, yeah, I can definately relate to the horror of family members about the lack of shampoo - it disgusts my dad despite the fact that my hair hasn't been greasy for months.
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I lose a ton of hair in the shower, and I even brush myhair a bit once out of the shower. I've always lost a lot of hair - and I'm glad that now I know its not just me! My family and boyfriend think its absolutely disgusting and act like I'm the only one it happens to (but they all have way shorter hair than I do and none of theirs is curly)!
Good to know I'm not alone!
Are you taking B12 and getting lots of iron? I was a vegetarian for about a year and started losing my hair. It scared me, so I started eating meat again. I probably just wasn't eating a balanced diet.
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I loose TONS of hair every time. Like what I used to get when I cleaned my brush - LOL! I don't have any bald spots of serious thinning so I'm not too worried. Just tired of a hairy shower! LOL!
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I lose a heap of hair in the shower too... I don't think it's getting any thinner, but my hair has always been really thin on the top and really thick in the length... :headscratch:headscratch.gif
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I swear I lose a small animal every time I'm in the shower. It is disgusting. I keep paper towel in my bathroom and just scoop the hair off the drain strainer after each shower. I think my family would crap if they got into the shower to that!!!
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I lose a ton in the shower. Plus it is all over the bathroom floor and always a few strands on my clothes. Yuck. I have very fine individual hairs, but there are so darn many of them. I don't think diet is involved. Long hair just looks like you are losing so much more. If your hair is 15" long, say, it will look like you are losing three times as much hair as someone whose hair is 5" long.

Hair loss is a cycle. Each follicle grows for a certain length of time (say two years -- depends on the person) then drops. Rest period for a while. Then a new one grows in its place. Ta-da!

People who are able to grow hair to their butt or even feet just have a much longer growth cycle. Most people can't do that even if they never cut it.

http://www.howstuffworks.com/question100.htm
Originally Posted by Shandy
Yeah, what Shandy said. The average hair lifecycle is 7 years and the average growth is ~1/2-inch per month, so that's 42 inches (or 3'6") -- which is about 2/3 the height of the average woman. Most people (even those who never "cut" their hair) never get that long because of frequent trims. And of course, curl takes up some of that length.

20 hairs in the shower sounds perfectly normal to me, and if you have long and/or high-volume hair, then it might add up to a "small animal."

If you feel like you're suddenly losing more hair than normal, then it's a very good idea to check in with a doctor and make sure everything is OK.

If you're sure your healthy, but you still feel like you need to be doing something, here's a post (on Long Hair Community) about a mix of essential oils that many users feel helped them:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...ad.php?t=38114

Of course, it's all anecdotal evidence--and the naysayers may not be coming forward because the maker is a friend of theirs.
so i lose 20 hairs, sometimes more. but i looked up common causes of hair loss online and here's what i found:

The Birth Control Pill. Hair loss while on "the pill" has been reported. So too has diffuse Alopecia upon stopping the pill. A history of previous postpartum hair loss is variably present.
The Postpartum period. The months following childbirth are also a very common time for some women to experience hair loss. Each individual hair goes through cycles of growth and resting phases. During pregnancy, more hair follicles are maintained in the growth phase due to high estrogen levels. After pregnancy, a greater proportion of these hairs go into the resting phase than normal, causing a temporary "shedding" (really a mass-dormancy) of the hair, which typically is self-correcting over time.
Hormonal factors. Changes in hormone levels, especially those of the thyroid and sex hormones, influence the hair follicle. The associated hair loss usually disappears when the condition is put under control. Hypothyroidism is a very common cause.
Nutritional Factors. Crash dieting, or chronic nutritional deprivation (starvation or alcoholism) may result in some diffuse hair loss. Discontinuation of such practices typically results in hair regrowth. Iron and Zinc deficiency are also recognized as potential causes of Telogen Effluvium. A blood test can reveal whether this is a factor in your situation.
Fever. Two to five months after a severe fever related illness, increased Telogen hair loss can begin.
Systemic Illness. Various systemic illnesses including Crohn's disease and hepatic disease have been associated with diffuse hair loss. Others include late stage syphilis, lymphoproliferative disorders, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Medications. A large number of drugs have been reported to cause or possibly cause, diffuse Alopecia.

i got that here: http://www.hairlosstalk.com/research/women/step1wom.htm

it also says that hair loss due to stress is very rare--usually it has to be extreme stress.

hope that helps!
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