How Much Hair Loss Is Normal? – Expert Advice

How Much Hair Loss Is Normal? – Expert Advice

Authored by : Shreya Dalela
  • 27 October 2022
  • 9 mins read
Reviewed by : Dr. Kanchan Kachroo

Did you notice an alarming amount of hair near your shower drain while taking a shower? Accidentally scrubbing your scalp a little too hard, could lead to more hair fall than usual. But if you notice more hair fall on a regular basis, it might actually mean something more.

The fact is, it is totally natural to lose a few of the strands every day. According to the AAD ( the American Academy Of Dermatology Association), it is pretty normal to lose between 50 to 100 strands of our hair each day, and the primary reason behind it is our body's natural renewal cycle. 

But if you start noticing more hair fall for weeks, it might be worth investigating why this is happening and how to treat it.

In this read, let us understand more about hair loss and how we can possibly fix it. 

But first, do you know how many strands you have on your head?

What Is The Total Count Of Your Hair?

The number of terminal hair strands one can have on their scalp ranges from 80,000 to 1,20,000 strands, and healthy hair grows at approximately 0.35 mm/day. (1) (2)

The Life Cycle Of Your Hair

Starting in the hair follicle, the growth of our hair, from the beginning of growth to falling out, undergoes stages in its life cycle. They are as follows -

1. The Growing Phase (Anagen)

The growing phase of the hair comprises the entire period of hair growth (the whole time a hair strand remains on your head). Each hair strand can last for about 3 to 7 years, and during this phase, your hair can grow up to a length of 3 feet.

2. The Transition Phase (Catagen)

During the Catagen phase, your follicle shrinks, and as it happens, you will find your hair detaching from the dermal papilla. This phase lasts for about 14 to 21 days.

3. The Resting Phase (Telogen)

During the Telogen phase, new hair grows in the follicle while slowly pushing out the old hair. This phase lasts for about three months.

4. The New Hair Phase (Exogen)

During the Exogen phase, the old hair sheds off your scalp. However, your new hair continues to grow. This phase is the end of the hair cycle.

However, around 90% of your hair will be in the Anagen phase at any given time. The other 10% of the hair will be in the Telogen phase. It is considered normal hair fall when your hair goes through the growing phase for a reasonable duration and then gradually reaches the new hair phase.

Read - How To Stop Hair Fall – 36 Best Tips and Home Remedies

How Much Hair Loss Is Too Much Hair Loss?

While the average person loses anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs daily, anything beyond 150 strands is not normal. Now, please don't start counting each hair you lose every day. If you think you are losing more hair constantly than usual, then there might be an underlying issue causing your hair cycle to shorten and shed more strands than usual. 

TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM is a condition that includes excessive hair shedding due to sudden stress. Other causes include life events such as recovering from an illness with a high fever, giving birth, undergoing surgery, or other life stressors.

The following are the other signs of potential hair loss problems - 

  1. For women, if you observe a sudden reduction in the diameter of the ponytail. This is called the ponytail test.
  2. Noticing parts of the scalp which were once covered are not anymore. For instance, a receding hairline.

Average Estimates Of Normal Hair Fall In A Single Day

  1. Average hair fall per day - 50 to 100 strands
  2. Normal hair fall for women in a day - 50 to 100 strands
  3. Normal hair fall for men in a day - 50 to 100 strands
  4. Average hair loss for a teenage girl in a day - 50 to 150 strands
  5. Moderate hair loss during hair wash - 150 to 200 strands
  6. Normal hair fall while combing - 50 to 100 strands
  7. Normal hair fall during summer - 50 to 100 strands per day
  8. Normal hair fall during winter - 50 to 100 strands per day
  9. Normal hair fall during monsoon - 50 to 100 strands per day

Causes Of Hair Loss

Causes Of Temporary Hair Loss

The following are the primary reasons for your temporary hair loss.

1. Tight Hairstyles

Tight braids, cornrows, and ponytails can all damage the follicles and cause hair fall. They also can restrict healthy hair growth. Changing to looser hairstyles can help prevent hair loss and thinning. However, if your follicles sustain too much damage, your hair loss can become permanent.

2. Extreme Physical Stress Or Shock

Dramatic changes in the body, like giving birth, certain illnesses, rapid weight loss, and surgeries can cause more hair loss than usual. But your hair can grow back over time.

3. Toxic Substances And Medical Therapies

Certain drugs, radiation treatments, and chemotherapy can prompt hair fall, typically in the growing phase. Hair loss caused by medical therapies or toxic substances can strike suddenly and is normally temporary unless the follicles are damaged.

4. Nutritional Deficiencies

Not including enough protein, iron, or vitamin B12 in our diet can also cause temporary hair loss. If you feel like this might be the reason for your hair fall, talk to your doctor about supplements.

Causes Of Permanent Hair Loss

While there can be many reasons behind your permanent hair loss, the following are the primary reasons.

  1. Female baldness is mostly genetic. You will observe hair loss along the top of the head.
  2. You can also observe permanent hair loss when your estrogen levels drop.
  3. An injury that causes scarring can also lead to permanent hair loss.

Top Hair Care Products To Help Combat Hair Loss

The following are Kama Ayurveda products that help combat temporary hair fall issues.

1. Bringadi Hair Cleanser

Kama Ayurveda's Bringadi Hair Cleanser is a nourishing and volumizing natural hair cleanser clinically proven to reduce hair fall, oily scalp, and dandruff flakes. The Kama Ayurveda team has conducted a four-week clinical study on women and men suffering from moderate to severe hair fall. Both men and women have observed a 60% reduction in hair fall, an 18% reduction in dandruff flakes, and a 5X improvement in natural hair volume.

Moreover, Bringadi Hair Cleanser is 96% natural and suitable for all hair types, including colored and treated hair. With ingredients like Liquorice and Bhringraj Amla, the natural shampoo helps reduce hair fall and encourages hair growth. It is completely free of harmful sulfates and parabens and is very gentle on hair. Furthermore, with the unique formulation of Bhringraj Amla, Indigo Extracts, and Liquorice, the shampoo helps enhance the hair's natural volume after each wash.

Brigadi Hair Cleanser From Kama Ayurveda penetrates the scalp while also repairing the ends of the hair. Therefore, it is best known as an all-rounder for hair protection and improvement. 
Read - Which Shampoo Is Best For Hair Growth And Thickness?

Bringadi Hair Conditioner

With the Kama Ayurveda's Bringadi Hair Conditioner, you can bring back the power of Bringadi. Enjoy strong and frizz-free hair by just adding the Bringadi hair conditioner to your weekly routine.

The unique Ayurveda-based formulation of the Bringadi hair conditioner helps improve hair texture, reduce frizz and flyaways, and restore lost moisture which ultimately helps reduce hair fall. Enriched with the goodness of Bringadi oil, the conditioner helps strengthen weak, fragile hair and repair damaged hair.

Bringadi helps improve blood flow, promote hair growth, and activate hair proteins. The Balloon Vine Extracts (Cardiospermum Halicacabum Extract), Liquorice Root Extracts (Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root), and Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora Bark Extract) help in preventing scalp infections and reducing flaking. The Indian Gooseberry, also known as Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract, is a powerhouse of Vitamin C that helps enhance hair resilience. Coconut Milk in the Bringadi hair conditioner is a powerful conditioner that helps restore dry scalp and hair. 

Moreover, the Bringadi hair conditioner is SLES and Paraben-free. 

How to use the Bringadi hair conditioner - take a sufficient amount of the product onto the palms and apply evenly to the clean and damp hair. Let it rest for about one to two minutes before rinsing thoroughly. You can use Bringadi hair conditioner after every hair wash. 
Read - How To Grow Thicker Hair Naturally – 10 Best Tips

Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment Oil

Kama Ayurveda's Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment Oil is an all-in-one hair treatment for hair fall, dandruff, and premature graying. It also helps restore and nurture damaged hair back to its health.

Bringadi Hair Intensive Treatment oil is clinically proven to reduce hair fall by 61% in 4 weeks in both men and women with moderate to severe hair fall.

The traditional ayurvedic recipe consists of potent herbs extracted into pure Coconut milk and Sesame oil. The secret to this hair treatment oil is the unique formulation of nourishing ingredients like Eclipta Alba, Indigo, and Gooseberry that help prevent hair loss, dandruff, and premature graying. In addition, the anti-fungal Licorice and antibacterial Balloon Vine help treat scalp infections. 

Moreover, the hair treatment oil has a unique earthy scent that has a calming and meditative effect, which helps soothe frayed nerves, uplift mood, and aid in a good night's rest. 

How To Use The Bringadi Hair Intensive Treatment Oil

  1. Take sufficient oil and gently massage it into the hair, ensuring every inch of the scalp is covered. 
  2. Leave the oil for about 30 minutes to ensure the treatment works as a natural conditioner.
  3. After the oil treatment, use a mild shampoo and warm water to cleanse your hair.
  4. You can leave it overnight except in cases of hair fall & sinusitis.

Read - Scalp Massage For Hair Growth – Does It Really Work?

Rose And Jasmine Hair Cleanser

Kama Ayurveda's Rose And Jasmine Hair Cleanser is a balancing and restoring natural cleanser that helps improve hair strength while mitigating damage caused by heat styling, chemical treatments, and coloring. Moreover, the cleanser is safe, mild, and free of SLES (sulfates), parabens, and petrochemicals.

The powerful Ayurvedic ingredients in the cleanser help rebuild and revive dry and damaged hair. Vegetable source Soy protein helps bind moisture and improve hair's tensile strength and elasticity. While the Organic Hibiscus and Aloe Vera Juice extracts help reduce hair loss, hydrate deeply, and promote growth, the pure essential oils of Rose and Jasmine protect hair health and vibrancy. 

The Rose and Jasmine Hair Cleanser help strengthen hair that is weakened by heat styling, chemical processes, and environmental exposure by gently restoring moisture. It cleanses the scalp and hair effectively without stripping off its natural oils, leaving it shiny and soft.

Rose And Jasmine Hair Conditioner

Kama Ayurveda's Rose And Jasmine Hair Conditioner is a restoring hair conditioner that helps improve hair strength to mitigate hair damage caused by heat styling, coloring, and chemical treatments. This luxurious hair conditioner that is free of SLES (sulfates), parabens, and petrochemicals gently rebuilds and strengthens weak, over-styled, or over-treated hair while improving manageability.

The pure essential oils of Jasmine and Rose help soothe and repair hair to make them shinier, stronger, and softer with every wash. While the Indian Gooseberry helps replenish and improves the tensile strength of hair, the Organic Aloe Vera Juice and Hibiscus Extracts penetrate deeper into the scalp to deliver essential nutrients. In addition, the Kama Ayurveda's Rose And Jasmine Hair Conditioner helps reduce hair fall and breakage, improve elasticity, and promote hair growth. 

Benefits - 

  1. The Kama Ayurveda's Rose And Jasmine Hair Conditioner is 98.2% natural and paraben free. It is also free of harmful sulfates (SLES) and parabens. 
  2. The Hibiscus Extracts present in the conditioner help prevent hair loss. The Aloe Vera juice helps nourish the hair deep while promoting growth and increasing volume.
  3. The pure essential oils of jasmine and rose help deeply condition hair and strengthen it. It helps in soothing and repairing hair to make it stronger, softer, and shinier with every wash. The Indian Gooseberry, also known as Amla, helps improve the tensile strength of the hair.

How To Use 

  1. Take enough conditioner into the hand and apply evenly on wet hair, primarily concentrating on the ends.
  2. Leave the conditioner on for about two minutes before rinsing off with fresh water.
About the Author
Shreya Dalela
Shreya Dalela

Shreya Dalela is a certified Yoga instructor and a professional dancer trained at The Danceworx. She’s passionate about Ayurveda and holistic living with over 6 years of experience in doing extensive research and content creation in the domain.

About the Reviewer
Dr. Kanchan Kachroo
Dr. Kanchan Kachroo

Certified Ayurvedic Doctor (Central Council of Indian Medicine) working in Kama Ayurveda as an Assistant Training Manager.

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