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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