Loosing hair: what is normal?

After giving birth to my daughter, I started loosing my hair. I noticed that it was more then normal when I brushed or washed my hair. But when is hair loss abnormal?

On average you lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day. This might seem like a lot, but is a perfectly normal average. The longer your hair is, the more you get the impression that 50-100 hairs is an awful lot. No reason for panicking.

When do you have to be concerned about losing your hair?

Here is a list of warning signs from your body:

  • more hair in the shower drain or on your hairbrush then usual
  • hair loss in certain areas on the head, like on the crown
  • loosing hair in patches
  • hair is so thin that you can see your scalp through the strands

These are flashlights to check things out. Your body is sending you an important message that shouldn’t be ignored. But don’t start screaming, it can have many causes. It could be due to hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems, cancer, immune disorders, … but it can also be caused by a poor diet, bad hair treatments or too much stress and those are things you can fix with a few changes and additions. (More on this topic in upcoming blogposts)

What do you do?

If there is one message to remember then it is to listen to the message from your hair: if you think your hair loss is getting worse: talk to a doctor to rule out any serious conditions first and then check with a health practitioner, nutritionist or orthomolecular doctor what you can do to fix it.