Hair Breakage VS. Hair Shedding

There is a huge difference between hair breakage and hair shedding, and knowing the difference can really help your hair care in the long run. Just knowing the difference between the two is an important part of any healthy hair regimen. Seriously. Many people use these terms interchangeably to refer to any hair that falls from the head, but knowing exactly what it is helps! You could be buying the wrong products, trying to cure something that isn't the problem. This waste time, money, and can make the hair worse.
Both are in fact a form of hair loss. The difference is, one can be perfectly fine when it's not severe. This is shedding! Shedding is a natural way of getting rid of old hair and will happen regardless. There isn't anyone in the world who has hair that does not shed! The amount is what should be kept in mind.

People who notice hair falling out, thinning, or appearing in large amounts on their comb or brush after many trys of treatment should consult a dermatologist.

Points to know about Hair Shedding:
1. Scalp hair grows about one-half inch per month, no matter texture, but as some people age their rate of hair growth slows.
2. Most hair shedding is due to the normal hair cycle, and losing 50 to 100 hairs per day is expected and is no cause for alarm. (Our hair sheds every single day, it's normal)
3. 10% of the hair is in a resting phase that lasts 2 to 3 months, and at the end of its resting stage the hair sheds.


Knowing if you're shedding:
I have found a way to know if your hair is shedding or breaking. This is a perfect way of finding out and can work with anyone. Grab a piece of loose hair that has fallen out. Look at it closely, if you see a white bulb on the end of it, or if you use your fingers to smooth it out and feel a bulb/bump on the end. More than likely that piece of hair has shed out of the scalp. Look at it closely to make sure that it is not a knot.
If you do not see/feel this, your hair could be breaking. Hair breakage could be due to not having enough moisture in your hair, and can be fixed. You would want to fix this before it leads to split ends.
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  Hair Breakage:
It is exactly what it says, Breakage. It is when you hair just breaks off at any point on the hair strand. This is due to many many things. Mostly due to lack of moisture, heavy harsh chemicals, nutritional deficiency, medical reasons, etc. We need to put back in our hair what it lacks. Chemical treatments such as perms, relaxers, texturizers, especially when used improperly, can be the cause of hair breakage and hair loss completely. Chemical treatments can cause permanent alopecia, the medical description of the loss of hair from the head or body. So try to avoid them to keep your hair beautiful!

 
Hair Breakage is NEVER A GOOD THING! NEVER!

Hair Shedding when 50 to 100 strands a day, IS NORMAL!
 
Alopecia

Comments

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  2. Anonymous7:06 PM

    Yes,black hair is beautiful.Yes,it can grow just as well as everyone else's.However,applying oils and products that are too heavy can do more than just weigh the hair down, it can break the hair down,stripping the cuticle/cortex,and make your hair jump right off of your head. So don't assume that just because you have thick coily hair you can put just anything on it and it won't damage!

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  3. Thank you for the comment. I know that heavy products that are filled with certain ingredients can do such things. In fact, my blog promotes natural products for Natural hair, healthy methods, etc. This blog post tackles hair breakage vs. shedding. Not products. I promote healthy hair!!! That's what is important. Healthy hair is good hair. I believe you should take a tour around my blog. Thanks again for stopping by.

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  4. Anonymous8:55 PM

    I understand,no harm intended. I was just talking about possible ways we tend to cause breakage to our hair sometimes in our attempt to soften or/and protect it. I'll be sure to check out your blog.
    I just saw you on Youtube recently, it was nice. thanks for answering back so quickly.

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