Hair Shedding and Hair Loss
08 / 06 / 18

The Difference Between Hair Shedding and Hair Loss: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

At AMS Designs we have over 30 years of experience creating hairstyles and images for our clients. The solutions we offer leave our clients looking great and feeling good about the style we create for them. We work with clients experiencing thinning hair for a variety of reasons. For some people genetics may be the cause of hair loss. For others, habits and lifestyle may be the source of excessive hair shedding. Understanding the difference between these two hair conditions will help you determine which of our hair solutions is right for you. It also helps us to create the best look for you. Below are common questions related to hair shedding and hair loss we hear from our clients.

What is the difference between hair shedding and hair loss?

Hair shedding is part of the normal growth cycle. Hair loss is when something stops hair from growing. Excessive hair shedding and hair loss can both result in thinning hair.

What is the hair growth cycle?

Although the precise growth rate varies from person to person, on average hair grows about 0.5 inches per month. In the past, the growth cycle consisted of three phases but more recently the following four phases have been recognized:

  • Anagen (Growth Phase) - This is the phase where hair is actively growing.
  • Catagen (Transitional Phase) - In this phase hair follicles shrink and detach from the blood supply.
  • Telogen (Resting Phase) - In this phase the hair is no longer growing and a new hair begins to form underneath.
  • Exogen (Shedding Phase) - In this phase hair detaches from the follicle and falls out.

Is my hair shedding normal?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, losing 50 to 100 hairs a day is normal. Shedding significantly more than this is considered excessive hair shedding.

What are the causes of excessive hair shedding?

Excessive hair shedding can result from a variety of stressors. Common causes include the following:

  • Significant weight loss
  • High Stress
  • High Fever
  • Surgery
  • Discontinuation of Birth Control

Can I prevent excessive hair shedding?

In many cases, once the stressor is removed and the body readjusts, hair shedding will gradually return to normal levels. However, hair shedding will likely continue as long as the stressor is present.

What causes hair loss?

As mentioned above, hair loss results when something stops the hair from growing. Common causes are noted below:

  • Hereditary Hair Loss
  • Overreaction of the Immune System
  • Hairstyles Pulling on the Hair
  • Certain Hair Care Products
  • Trichotillomania (Compulsively Pulling Out One’s Hair)
  • Chemotherapy or Radiation Treatments

Can I prevent hair loss?

Hair loss prevention depends on the cause. In situations where chemotherapy or radiation treatments are the cause, hair growth will return once the treatments stop. In other cases, consultation with a board-certified dermatologist is required for the best prognosis.

My hair is thinning. How can I tell if I have excessive hair shedding or hair loss?

The best way to determine the cause of thinning hair is to consult with one of hair loss experts. We’ll evaluate your scalp and discuss what may be causing your hair loss.

For more information, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We love building relationships with clients and we’re ready to create a hairstyle that leaves you feeling comfortable and confident. No matter the reason for your thinning hair, we have a solution that is right for you! And better yet, as your style and tastes change, we can create new looks and images to keep you to up-to-date with the latest trends. We look forward to meeting you!