Hair breakage/losing hair when detangling? What to do?

I'm a guy with in between 3b/c medium length hair and detangle my hair about once a week (when it's wet of course). This is the first time I grew my hair out so I am not really experienced to hair care, so bare with me.

I noticed that every time I detangle I lose about 30 strands of hair and there's a lot breakage. What can I do to prevent this? I don't have these issues when I don't detangle of course. Only when I start detangling do many hair stands fall out. Could you guys give me any suggestions on preventing this?

Last edited by Amun; 07-05-2012 at 10:42 PM.
Check the ends of the hair to make sure theyre not she'd hairs. Shed hairs should have a small white bulb at the end.

If you determine that it's breakage, make sure you detangle while your hair is saturated with conditioner. You might also consider buying a seamless comb.
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I was having the same issue and stopped combing or using my brush to detangle my hair.
I finger comb my hair while in the shower and when I'm applying my products and I'm not losing but 5 strands a day.
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Also look at your technique. Detangle in sections. You should be starting at the bottom and working your way up. If your conditioner doesnt have much slip you can add a little EVOO.
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Plus one to the conditioner and finger combing! Also when I shampoo I make sure I do it in sections, holding the ends of my hair while concentrating on shampooing my scalp; if I don't do that it just creates more tangles and when I do comb I end up loosing loads of hair :s

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You might be being too harsh to your hair. If you are detangling only when wet make sure you are using lots of conditioner, or a good amount and using the shower to help you detangle with a wide tooth comb. You will always have shed hair. I think we shed about 100 hairs a day or something, so like someone said above if your hair is attached to a bulb that means it is shed hair. If you are seeing a lot of short hair(ie-breakage) check for split ends. If you are not moisturizing your hair enough you might also have breakage from your hair being too dry. I am assuming you dont use heat on your hair, but if you do that's another thing that can cause breakage.
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Dude, there's nothing wrong here. The average head of hair sheds 80-100 strands a DAY. If you're detangling weekly and losing 30 strands then you're waaaay better off than a lot of people. You should see the drain when I'M done detangling after a week's worth of non combing. Lol


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Dude, there's nothing wrong here. The average head of hair sheds 80-100 strands a DAY. If you're detangling weekly and losing 30 strands then you're waaaay better off than a lot of people. You should see the drain when I'M done detangling after a week's worth of non combing. Lol


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