About Hair Fall And Hair Breakage

Losing a certain amount of hair during the morning shower or blow dry or while brushing it forcibly in a faster pace, is absolutely normal. Losing of about 50-100 hair strands a day is normal and  the hairs go through cycles and passes through the anagen, catagen and telogen phase which is pretty normal. 

New follicles give rise to new hair cells, pushing older cells through the surface and releasing them to shed.  Some amount of shedding is normal, but when it goes excessive, this condition is called telogen effluvium.  It can be seen that the excessive hair shedding is made possible by the condition when people have faced the following issues.

  • Given birth
  • High fever
  • Undergone an operation
  • Sudden stoppage of consuming birth control pills
  • Lost 20 pounds or more all of a sudden
  • Experience lot of stress (mental, physical and emotional)
  • While recovering from  an illness after having a high fever


As for the above mentioned bodily changes, the body readjusts, stopping excessive shedding for many reasons.

The Difference between the hair loss and hair shedding:

When something stops the hair from growing, hair loss occurs, known as Anagen Effluivium and the most common  cause of which are follows:

  • The Immune System overreacts
  • Hereditary hair loss
  • Powerful hair care products
  • Hairstyles forcing on pulling down the hair
  • Some treatments and drugs

The bad thing about the hair loss is that the hairs wouldn’t grow back until they keep falling.  Like people who have lost large amounts of hair after getting exposed by the radiation and chemotherapy, would face issues as the  hair wouldn’t regrow.

Apart from all these conditions there can be hereditary reasons behind losing hair in a significant amount, often known as androgenic alopecia in men and androgenetic alopecia in females. The pattern  differs and the starting point is the receding hairline in men or the formation of  the ‘W’ pattern in the front line, while it starts from fading from the crown portion among women.

You don’t have to suffer in silence, you can take some step and view a doctor if you think so.  Alopecia areata is a condition which leads to the formation of the round bald patches on the scalp  leading to diffuse hair loss and even complete hair loss.  Every follicle has a life cycle which can be influenced by disease, age and many other factors. Mainly divided into three phases:

  • Anagen- This hair growth lasts between two to six years.
  • Catagen – This phase happens within the last 2- 3 weeks transitional time.
  • Telogen-  Resting phase, which lasts about 2-3 months at the end of the resting phase.

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