I feel like I shed hair like crazy!

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I don't know if I'm just too used to touching my own hair or what, but it feels like it's thinning

It worries me that I don't see anyone address this much.

I just pulled out some mini twists I had in my hair for about 3 weeks and I know we lose about 100 hairs a day and when it's twisted they can't fall, but it looked like sooooo much more...idk. I'm probably just paranoid.

Usually (I've done this since last summer) I do a twistout on my hair once a week. On Saturday nights I condition and detangle my hair (I shampoo once in a blue moon), then I twist it with Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Conditioning Milk, and ORS Olive Oil. I maintain the twistout throughout the week by just pulling my hair back into one (not tightly) at night.

Each time I comb out my hair, so every week, there's a row of hair in my wide-tooth comb and it reeeaaalllyy worries me Also, when I touch my scalp, my hair feels thinner than the last time. I'm terrified that one day I'll wake up with a bald spot!

Could you just list all the reasons my hair could be thinning/falling out and I can rule out the ones that don't make sense? You can rule out aging, I'm only 16, lol. Thank you
There are lots of things that can cause sheding and thinning hair

Low blood iron levels (lots of menstrating women have this issue)
rapid weightloss
mutliple vitamin deficiencies (lots of vitamins effect hair growth and retention)

If you are only combing once per week, its going to look like a lot of hair is coming out. 100hairs per day x 7 days = a butt load of hair. Shedding is cyclic also. I've noticed that I shed way more in the winter than in the other seasons. For me, that's just when my grown slows down and my hair folicles go into thier resting phase and with that comes shedding.

And some people (like me) are just heavy shedders. No matter what I do for or to my hair, I shed WAY more than 1oo hairs per day. But I've not seen a difference in the thickness of my hair so it doesn't concern me too much.

Lastly, remember that shedding is a sign that new hair is pushing up through your folicles to replace the hair that is shedding. The new hair is actually what pushes the old "resting" hair out of the folicle. So shedding isn't really a BAD thing unless you are seeing thinning and bolding spots (which means the new hair isn't coming in to replace the old hair). THEN you might want to worry. But at 16 I doubt that's whats happening. I think you're just entering in a shedding cycle (which happens every 5-7 years for me).

If you are covered by insurance, then it might be time to ask your parents to schedule an appointment to have a complete physical (i think 16 was around the time I got my first "woman" physical). You can ask the doc to run blood work for vitamin deficiences (ask for iron, b vitamins, and vitamin d). If your are deficient, you can take over the counter vitamin supplements to bring your levels back up or the doc might give you a scipt for some of the vitamins to take for a few weeks to bring your level up and then you can take a regular multi vitamin to stay in the optimal ranges.

Good Luck!
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There are lots of things that can cause sheding and thinning hair

Low blood iron levels (lots of menstrating women have this issue)
rapid weightloss
mutliple vitamin deficiencies (lots of vitamins effect hair growth and retention)

If you are only combing once per week, its going to look like a lot of hair is coming out. 100hairs per day x 7 days = a butt load of hair. Shedding is cyclic also. I've noticed that I shed way more in the winter than in the other seasons. For me, that's just when my grown slows down and my hair folicles go into thier resting phase and with that comes shedding.

And some people (like me) are just heavy shedders. No matter what I do for or to my hair, I shed WAY more than 1oo hairs per day. But I've not seen a difference in the thickness of my hair so it doesn't concern me too much.

Lastly, remember that shedding is a sign that new hair is pushing up through your folicles to replace the hair that is shedding. The new hair is actually what pushes the old "resting" hair out of the folicle. So shedding isn't really a BAD thing unless you are seeing thinning and bolding spots (which means the new hair isn't coming in to replace the old hair). THEN you might want to worry. But at 16 I doubt that's whats happening. I think you're just entering in a shedding cycle (which happens every 5-7 years for me).

If you are covered by insurance, then it might be time to ask your parents to schedule an appointment to have a complete physical (i think 16 was around the time I got my first "woman" physical). You can ask the doc to run blood work for vitamin deficiences (ask for iron, b vitamins, and vitamin d). If your are deficient, you can take over the counter vitamin supplements to bring your levels back up or the doc might give you a scipt for some of the vitamins to take for a few weeks to bring your level up and then you can take a regular multi vitamin to stay in the optimal ranges.

Good Luck!
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown


Wow, thanks soo much! I think it's the iron and vitamin deficiency that's my problem. I'm not really enthusiastic about vegetables...hahaha, but again, thank you thank you thank you, I'm glad I'm not going bald You made my day!
I was revisiting this thread because I feel like I shed way more in the winter. I notice it a lot more I don't know if it is as many as 100 hairs, but I definitely feel like it is more. Thank goodness is isn't just me!


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I am a heavy shedder but I have a massive amount of hair so makes sense. I detangle with a comb onceca week and fingers in between or I have to cut tangles from shed hair being caught in my other hair .

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