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Old 12-29-2010, 06:42 PM   #1
 
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Default Amount of Hair Lost in Shower Scares Me :/

Sorry, not sure if i posted in the right section.. just kind of panicked. Would really appreciate some woman's intuition right now.


I spent countless hours on the internet trying to find some answers. Some people say they lose up to 100 a day while others say they lose like 20 in a week. Im 20 years old and this is the first time i grew out my hair so this is quite new to me. When i used to shave my head, i never lost any hair (i think) but now that my hair is about 4.5 inches long (about 4.5 inches all around. started from a shaved head so im assuming it grew evenly). Anyways, I lose the MOST hair in the shower. Every time i shampoo, hair comes out. It doesnt come out in CLUMPS but it still comes out at a high rate. When i sleep, not so much. I dont wake up with hair on my pillow, if i do, its only 5-6 so its only the shower that kills me.

For example, i took a shower today at 7PM and i lost give or take 140 (i stopped counting at 140). If i had to take a guess, i lost maybe high 100 or low 200's (MAYBE in mid 200's?). I should note that i haven't washed my hair since noon on monday..

My hair is still growing, its getting longer everyday. It doesn't SEEM or LOOK like im going bald in any area but the sheer number of hairs falling out leads me to worry that im balding very soon. The hairs i lose are sometimes long and sometimes small. Wtf is wrong with me. It can't be my diet, im eating well, im on some herbal meds but the doc who makes it says hair loss is not a consequence. is just normal with long hair?

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i use kids shampoo cause i heard thats less harsh. I also come once after i shower and at night. i dont pull my hair etc etc. in other words, i treat my hair well. there is also no pattern of baldness in my family..

thanks in advance for the help guys. hopefully im not balding. i really started to like the new long hair too :/
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how'd you get all that hair to go in one spot like that?
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:09 PM   #3
 
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Well that seems like alot to me, but I never counted my hairs that fell. If your hair is shorter I would think you wouldn't loose as much. I know now that my hair is long, I seem to loose much more due to more tangles, snags, tugging, etc. (no matter how careful I am).

I would rule out any medical problems first. Go see a doctor or talk to your PCP (I had to do this before). Assuming hormone levels & thing of that nature are normal, then I would try a PT & DT.

I know when my hair is lacking protein, it seems to fall out more. I mentioned a DT, since that should always follow the protein.

I take a good amount of supplements & always have, so I would make sure your getting enough vitamins & minerals. At the very least make sure you have a good multi. I take about 11 vitamins though, so I'm a junkie.

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Old 12-29-2010, 07:31 PM   #4
 
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I wouldnt worry. I have a lot of hair come out when i wash my hair too. I asked a hair stylist once and she said since my hair is curly I dont brush it throughout the day so it seems like a lot when really its just loose strands that accumulated throughout the day. If I tug in my curls I'll get strands of hair out. Sorry if I dont make sense. Ask me any questions if you have any.
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Honestly if I didn't wash my hair for two days, that's the amount I'd have in the shower. I stick it to the wall like that sometimes too. It would look about like that but my hair is longer. almost to the small of my back when wet. I don't know if hair length would factor into it. I've been losing that much hair for about two years now and I don't notice any thinning or anything like that. But that's just my personal experience.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:44 PM   #6
 
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I definitely lose alot and like tinah said, if I miss a day I lose more in the shower. How is your stress? If it suddenly seems like more maybe its worth a trip to the dr to rule out anything like hormonal. Any male pattern baldness on your mother's side?
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I lose a LOT of hair in the shower, too, but my hair is super thick and tangles like crazy. I probably lose more hair than you do, and I've been worried about the same thing. I think it's all psychological and we're just overly concerned, thinking something is wrong with us, but some people just lose more hair than others, especially curly girls. We don't brush our hair during the day, like KendraCB said, so it all falls out in the shower.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:09 AM   #8
 
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If you washed on Monday and it was Wednesday when you posted it...think about it...that's Tuesday's and Wednesday's hairloss combined. When looking at it that way, that's not much at all.
I wouldn't fret over it, unless you start getting bald spots. Our hair is meant to shed. Since you don't mess with it during the day, that's hairloss that's going to the shower instead of on your brush or comb. Does that make sense?
I shed more when I miss a day and I only comb once (right after shower) a day...so I comb less than once a day if I missed a shower (I only comb when hair is wet, due to my curl pattern). So, yes, I shed a lot in the shower and when I'm getting ready after having freshly washed hair.
I still have a full head of hair, even after years of my hair shedding that much. Not worried at all.
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I agree with most of the other posters. I'd like to add that if I go two or three days without washing my hair, that's what my shower wall looks like.
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:27 PM   #10
 
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Don't Worry! I loose wayyy more than that in the shower. I always end up pulling loosly on my hair while in the shower and twirl the hair that comes out. It's easier to dispose of that way.
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thank you guys so much for the encouraging words. I dont know why but everytime i read the "yeah, i lose so much hair" on yahoo answers i always felt like they didn't know how much I lost or as if I was the only one in the world that loses this much hair. thank to you guys, i can chill out a bit. i honestly felt like i had one of the rare heads that would lose gazillion (well not a gazillion but close haha) hairs in the shower. it honestly started to scare me. :X
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I totally posted a question like this about a month ago, so I know exactly how you feel.

If you aren't noticing any bald spots, or if you're losing roughly the same amount of hair each shower, then you're fine, I'm sure. I know that my shower wall always resembles the floor of a hair salon...

Also, I read in a couple of places that humans go through a "shedding" phase, where they shed more hair during certain months, typically November/December and, to a lesser extent, sometime in spring, so that could be playing a role.
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I totally posted a question like this about a month ago, so I know exactly how you feel.

If you aren't noticing any bald spots, or if you're losing roughly the same amount of hair each shower, then you're fine, I'm sure. I know that my shower wall always resembles the floor of a hair salon...

Also, I read in a couple of places that humans go through a "shedding" phase, where they shed more hair during certain months, typically November/December and, to a lesser extent, sometime in spring, so that could be playing a role.
Wow, this is interesting! I've never heard that, but I do find I'm losing more hair now. I thought I was just imagining things!
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I'm also someone who loves a lot more hair if I go 2 (or even 3) days without washing it.

I also agree that you should have some bloodwork done if you're concerned. It is never a bad thing to rule out thyroid problems etc.

When I was doing the low carb diet and losing weight quite rapidly, I was losing a lot more hair than I normally do. I knew it would eventually level off and it did, but it did concern me when it was happening. Stress and hormone changes are other things that can play havoc with your hair. After I had my daughter, I lost a TON of hair .... and it happened again when I stopped nursing her. I suspect it must also happen when you go into menopause.
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Frizzbegone, I didn't know that (about the lowcarb diet). I did it a few years ago before I was CG, but didn't really pay attention to my hair then. That's interesting. I'm thinking of doing the lowcarb thing again. I just really hate eating all that meat and no rice. I love rice.

anyway, I lose a ton of hair in the shower too. I take a migraine medication that has hairloss mentioned as a side effect, though it's listed as a rare side effect. So I never know if its the medication or just the CG thing. I agree with alot of the reasons everyone is mentioning here. I don't wash my hair every day either, so it makes sense that when I do wash my hair, I'm detangling in the shower, and losing 2-3 days' worth of hair from that.

I lose so much hair I had to put a special cover over the shower drain to catch the hair so it wouldn't go down the drain and clog it. I'd end up having to call the plumber to unclog the drain otherwise!
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Frizzbegone, I didn't know that (about the lowcarb diet). I did it a few years ago before I was CG, but didn't really pay attention to my hair then. That's interesting. I'm thinking of doing the lowcarb thing again. I just really hate eating all that meat and no rice. I love rice.

anyway, I lose a ton of hair in the shower too. I take a migraine medication that has hairloss mentioned as a side effect, though it's listed as a rare side effect. So I never know if its the medication or just the CG thing. I agree with alot of the reasons everyone is mentioning here. I don't wash my hair every day either, so it makes sense that when I do wash my hair, I'm detangling in the shower, and losing 2-3 days' worth of hair from that.

I lose so much hair I had to put a special cover over the shower drain to catch the hair so it wouldn't go down the drain and clog it. I'd end up having to call the plumber to unclog the drain otherwise!
I don't know if it is low carb diets so much as losing weight that can cause hair loss. Both times I lost more hair than usual was when I had lost a significant amount of weight in a short period of time ... I happened to be doing low carb diets at the time.

I do find that taking extra oils (omega 3-6-9, flax seed and evening primrose) helps. If you're not noticing any thinning spots, I wouldn't be too worried about it. When I was losing my hair, I could see that it was thinning above my ears and at my temples. I have A LOT of hair, so no one else noticed ... but I did. It didn't last forever, but it is still unnerving when it was happening.

When I did the Dr. Stanley Bernstein Diet a number of years ago, it was really bad. My hair not only fell out, it became really dry and brittle as well. My skin was also flaking off. At that time, this diet didn't allow you to have any fat or oils of any kind. You lost a ton of weight in a very short period of time, but I would NEVER recommend it to anyone. Everyone I know who did it, gained all their weight back and more. It really messed up my metabolism as well. When I did the low carb thing, my hair did fall out ... but it wasn't dry and still looked healthy.
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I heard somewhere that the average person uses 100 hairs a day.. in curly hair the hairs say around whereas straight hair just loses them throughout the day so it looks like a lot...

I've blocked my dains a few times :| don't worry about it.
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