Is this Normal shedding??

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jammers-Thank you for the article. I love to read and the information in it was very interesting.

Peacegirl-I can only imagine how frustrating it would be for you. My hair actually falls from the root, so I can see the little white bulb at the end of it. As far as it breaking off from the ends the only information that you may want to consider looking into is maybe styling methods or heat...if you don't use either and it really bothers you I would say talk to your hair guru or doctor and see if they can offer any advice.

mamaherrera- I know and it sucks. I live in AZ and my dermatologist is pretty good, but even then it's hard to pinpoint exactly why hair falls out even after your blood tests and hormone levels check out and you've had the same diet you've normally had. If you are ever in AZ and you'd like to see a different dermatologist, I don't have a problem giving you my doctor's info. Good luck to you and hopefully with time it'll just continuously get better for the both of us.
I've tried alot of stuff too, but I keep shedding crazily. I think stress and counting hairs does make it worse. I just have to pray to God that I don't go bald and have faith in that. I know I have hormonal imbalances, the thing is that there aren't many doctors out there that honestly and sincerely know how to help correct these imbalances. My question is this, when counting I keep an average of like 106 per day. Now that norm of r50-100 per day does that mean, that some people normally lose 100 per day all the time, or does that mean a normal person should vary and not hit the high end on a continuous basis?? I'm not that above normal, but I stay consistently at that high end all the time. Who knows. I think even the docs that put that information out there don't know for sure.
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Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
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Mamaherrera- Dang girl you are stressin! I tried counting the hairs that fell out 1x and I promised myself I would never do it again. It was waaaaaaay to stressful and waaay too time consuming. If you must count, then maybe limit yourself to how often you do it. Maybe once a week or 2x a month? I don't know, just a thought.

As I understand it if you lose anywhere from 50-100 hairs no matter when or how often you are a normal shedder. I would count 106 hairs as being pretty darn close to that range. I agree with you that doctors don't know that much more than you or I do about hair loss temporary or otherwise. When I was shedding a ton of hair, that first count was going waaaaay passed 100 so I just stopped. I also didn't see how me counting was going to change anything for me.

I have 2 boys, 2 and 4 and after having each one my hormones changed and I lost all that hair that didn't shed throughout my pregnancies. It was frightening...still no baldness. Everyone's bodies adjust and change at different paces so I just figure my body is adjusting too, just very very slowly.

Hope that helps...a bit. My best advice since you are soooo close to that so called "normal" range would be to not stress yourself out by counting anymore...give yourself a mental break from stressing out about your hair as best you can and see if that works.
RunDivaRun- do you take any otc or prescription medication?
How's your diet? Do you consume enough protein? Iron levels? B vitamins? Testosterone level checked? Most docs do not check testosterone levels.. you have to request it. Many times a testosterone supplement will help. The best way to get testosterone is thru a compounded transdermal cream but this requires a doctor who understands and find a compounding pharmacy. Most doctors including ob-gyn's aren't that knowledgable in regards to hormones.

I've lost over half my hair. When it was heavily shedding, I found my hair everywhere- silverware drawer, dishwasher, in all our clothes, socks, etc, There wasn't 1 surface that I didn't find my hair on. Thankfully, it's regrown with the help of Rogaine and biotin. If I quit the Rogaine, it falls out again.
My hair stylist says that in the 30s, we can start having hormonal changes that cause our hair to change. For me, couple that with lupus and all the meds I take, and i'm lucky to have hair.

Just because your doctor didn't find a reason for your excessive shedding, doesn't mean there isn't a reason.
do you have any other health complaints? I suggest keeping a journal if you do. Note the weather, your sleep pattern, what you eat, what you do, the complaints, the time these complaints are, etc. Note everything. over a few months, you may be able to see a pattern.
I know I need to quit stressing, and yes I"m going to quit counting. Maybe just calming down will let my hormones get back into sync. ANd eat right. I can't exercise right now because of knee tendonitis, but relax. Maybe tehr est will do me good!! good luck to us all and may God be with us always.
2c
Medium texture
Normal porosity
Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
I can't exercise right now because of knee tendonitis, but relax. Maybe tehr est will do me good!!
Originally Posted by mamaherrera
Have you considered Tai Chi or Qi Gong? Both are great for those with limitations.
Yoga also. It's not the same as running, playing tennis, etc but it works.
Crimsonshedemon-
Thank you so much for all that info. I'm a competitive runner/adventure racer and I'm pretty solid on the diet because of my sport. As far as iron levels--I've had that checked and my doc said I'm well within normal range. I do get enough b vitamins, but have never had my testosterone levels checked. My dermatologist did tell me that while I was going through the TE, that I could use rogain if I was really worried about it. I never did, but only because if it's only stress related then I don't want to add any more stress by adding another step in my hair routine as I have a busy day with training and my boys. But, who knows I'm not opposed to trying it. I don't take any over the counter meds and try to stay pretty organic in the foods and products I use. I do, however, take an acne medicine--super low dosage--because as stated before after having children my hormones got a bit wacky and I started getting pimples on my temples, just there, weird, anyways I have to wear my hair up for my races and I was already losing hair before I even started this med--so I'm not convinced that "it" particularly has anything to do with it.
I am going to take your advice and maybe start a journal if I remember...oh one thing though...I am not a good sleeper. I wake up about 2-3x a night to go to the restroom and my sleep never feels restful. I'm trying to work on naturally finding a way to help me achieve a better sleep because "that" could play into stress.
Good news though--I'm still not bald or close to it. In fact, even though I'm shedding, my hair just keeps growing. I've stopped worrying about it, but the science behind this whole event is very interesting to me! Thank you all for the great info! Keep the advice coming!!

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