It is normal to lose, on average, 50 to 100 hairs per day. You may notice more hair loss at certain times, like when taking out a protective style, but if you feel like you are shedding more than average amounts of hair over time, or you notice split, frayed ends, read on.

Both hair loss and breakage are common, yet distinct problems that have different signs and causes. Hair loss, also referred to as shedding and hair fall, occurs at the root. These shed hairs often have clubbed roots and are long. Hair breakage is just that, a breakage that occurs at some point on the hair shaft. The hair will be shorter than a shed hair.

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Causes of hair loss:

There are many reasons for hair loss. They include:

  • Stress or trauma caused by tight styling practices (Traction Alopecia).
  • Hormonal fluctuations that occur after childbirth or around and after Menopause.
  • Nutritional deficiencies.
  • Autoimmune conditions.
  • Psychological or physical trauma.
  • Chemical burns due to perms and relaxers.
  • Skin diseases and infections.
  • Medications.
  • Starting or stopping birth control pills.
  • Thyroid issues.

Causes of hair breakage:

Like hair loss, hair breakage can have many reasons including:

  • Heat styling and damage.
  • Chemical processing (relaxers, bleaching, etc.)
  • Dryness and split ends.
  • Hair that is thinner and more fragile than normal due to Female Pattern Hair Loss or low Ferritin levels.
  • Brushing or combing delicate hair when dry or roughly detangling hair.

How to Resolve Hair Loss and Breakage.

  1. The first step for resolving any areas of concern with your hair is to talk to a professional. If you are experiencing breakage due to styling practices or, for example, a self-administered relaxer, you may want to see your hairdresser. For hair loss or breakage with an unknown cause, or if a health condition is suspected, please see your Doctor for diagnosis. He or she may recommend additional tests to identify nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, or autoimmune conditions that are affecting your hair growth cycle.
  2. Develop a regimen that specifically addresses your needs.

What works for you when you have hair loss or breakage? Let us know in the comments. For more on hair loss click here.