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I'm really worried. Every time I wash my hair, I notice gobs of strands in the drain. I'm also noticing a lot in my brush. When I look at my hair, it doesn't seem like it's thinning, so is this normal or something to worry about?
— Possibly Balding Brandy
Many women are concerned about their hair falling out. Just so you know, losing between 40 and 120 strands a day is totally normal. It may seem like a ton of hair when you see it on the floor of your shower, but it's not in comparison to the hundreds of thousands of hairs on your scalp. Since your hair grows in cycles, about 90 percent of your hair is growing, and 10 percent is resting. After two or three months, the dormant hair falls out to make room for new hair to grow in its place. Washing and brushing your hair can help speed up the shedding of old strands, which is why it seems like you're losing more hair than you should.
If you're losing a considerable amount, it could be an indication that something is wrong. So read more.
Other issues can cause excessive hair loss such as hormonal changes, pregnancy, or an under or overactive thyroid problem. Certain medications such as blood thinners, antidepressants, and birth control pills can also cause hair loss. Diet plays a big role too. If your hair is thinning, it could be a sign that your iron levels are low. If that's not the problem, consider how much vitamin A you consume because too much can also result in loss of hair. Make an appointment with your doctor if you're really worried about the amount you're losing. They'll be able to figure out what's causing it to happen and how to prevent more hair from falling out in the future.