How many hairs do we grow a day?

Are you tired of counting the number of strands that fall off your head during a single shower? Do you wonder if it’s normal to lose hair even when you’re not stressed or dieting? Well, count no more! This article will answer all your hairy questions and more.

Let’s Talk Hair

Before we dive into the numbers game, let’s discuss what hair is. In short (pun intended), hairs are dead skin cells that grow out from follicles in our scalp. They are made up of proteins such as keratin and undergo three different phases: anagen (active growth), catagen (transitional phase), and telogen (resting phase). Each strand has its timeline, which explains why some hairs may fall off while others keep growing.

Shedding Light on Hair Loss

Itching to know how much hair we typically shed daily? Be prepared for this magical number – around 50-100 strands per day (no need to collect them)! Yes, it might sound like a lot but hear me out; shedding is actually an essential process the body goes through to get rid of old or damaged hairs. It also makes room for new ones to grow back stronger than before. So if you’re paying close attention (and not plucking) those often-sought-after grays should fly away naturally over time.

Types Of Hair Loss

While most people experience natural shedding regularly, certain conditions can cause excessive loss such as Androgenic alopecia (Try saying that five times fast). Alopecia refers to any type of hair loss ranging from small patches on the scalp to complete baldness – P.S.A don’t cha know one in eight men will have lost their locks by the age of fifty ? Here Are Some Common Types Of Alopecia:

1) Androgenetic Alopecia
2) Telogen Effluvium
3) Anagen Effluvium
4) Alopecia Areata

Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenic alopecia is one of the most common forms of hair loss, with men experiencing it more often than women. The term refers to a genetic predisposition for an increase in dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes miniaturization of scalp hairs leading to sparseness over time – better invest in that hat collection if you’re prone! On the other hand, Telogen effluvium describes extreme shedding and/or thinning throughout your scalp due to events such as physical trauma, medications or hormonal changes (look away new moms).

Anagen & Areata: Where’s My Hair?

Unfortunately, less common conditions such as anagen effluvium (To remember this think “A” stands for actual loss) experienced during chemo treatments can cause damage that forces hair follicles out from their resting phase. People experiencing alopecia areata may also experience bald patches on their bodies where white blood cells attack hair growth within them(Just another small reminder to be appreciative).

How Much Is Too Much?

So what counts as excessive shedding? Well if you’re noticing clumps when running your hands through your locks (who doesn’t like playing with their own hair), dread not just yet! There are certain times when temporary increases in shedding is normal:

1) Postpartum
2) Undergoing stress
3) Recovering from severe illnesses or surgeries
4) Aging – Sorry folks inevitability awaits us all!

In some cases though.. Loss Of Too Many Hairs Can Be More Worrisome If You Experience Any Of These Symptoms:

1) Losing A Patch Or Multiple Patches Of Scalp Hair.
2) Noticeably Thinner Locks.
3) Shedding Problems That Last Longer Than Six Months (Don’t Inbibe The Danger Too Much Though!)

Should you be experiencing (irony intended) any of these troublesome symptoms, It’s probably best to consult with a reputable physician or trichologist (preferred pronunciation is Tr-I-ch-ol-O-gist!) – who specialize in hair and scalp conditions.

Breaking Down Hair Growth Cycles

We’ve mentioned the three growth stages earlier; however, let’s take a closer look at how long each one lasts on average:

  • Anagen (~3 to 5 years)
    • Catagen(~10 days)
    • Telogen (~3 months)

It’s important to note that those times may vary depending on individual genetics and health factors – so don’t go nagging your barber about why your beard hasn’t grown yet.


In conclusion, now you know shedloads more about the wondrous process of hair loss. Shedding it seems isn’t such a bad thing as losing up to 100 strands per day should not cause alarm (phew I hear some relieved sighs haha). While shedding varies from person-to-person and gender-wise (secretly guys we’re prone), understanding different types of alopecia can help avoid unnecessary panic. Proper care for your unique hair type coupled with leading a healthy lifestyle will allow letting-it-all-grow again smoothly enough!

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