40 Strands – My Hair Shedding Rate


I have been asked by many readers to share pictures of how much shed hair I get on my wash days and through the week.  I have written posts about the difference between shedding and breakage in these posts.

I don’t recommend comparing the amount of shedding you get to that of another lady because we all have different shedding rates, so you could be comparing your shedding to someone who naturally sheds less hair than you and then begin to worry that you are losing too much hair.
Some of my clients send me pictures of the amount of hair they have shed on their wash days and panic that their hair is breaking or that the amount of hair they shed is too high or higher than normal.

In this post I am sharing pictures of the amount of hair I shed on a wash days as a way to reassure readers that shedding is perfectly normal, do not panic ladies, you are not going bald.


The pictures above and below show the amount of hair I shed over the last 3 weeks and on my wash day.
My hair had been in box braids for 3 weeks as part of my wig regimen.  On my wash day, I undid the box braids and detangled thoroughly.  After shampooing and conditioning my hair I detangled a second time before air drying.
To me, it looks like a lot of hair but then I remind myself that this is just my own normal shedding rate.


Over the years on my hair journey I have learnt that I shed roughly 40 strands a day.  This means that over a three week period I shed about 840 strands of hair. Each stand of my hair is about 20 to 22 inches long so that why it looks like a lot of hair.

Remember your own shedding rate may be more or less than mine, the point is that you shouldn’t panic about shed hairs unless your hair begins falling out drastically and your hair is thinning out at alarming rates. When you have been on your hair journey for a while you will become familiar with how much shed hairs you tend to get and will know if your shedding rates has increased significantly.


Do you know how much hair you shed?

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  1. mo
    May 31, 2016 / 2:32 am

    is it normal to be shedding daily? like a bit of hair …I feel like my haor has stopped growing :(

    • Lade
      June 12, 2016 / 10:41 pm

      Yes shedding hair daily IS normal Mo :)

      I am sure your hair is stilling growing….if it had stopped growing your hair would be extremely thin and you would have bald patches
      It is probably that you hair might be breaking daily

      have you read my blog posts on the difference between shedding and breakage and how to minimise both?


  2. May 31, 2016 / 7:11 am

    I normally don’t keep track of the amount of hair I shed because I’m scared I might freak out! So, I just sort of let go and allow my hair do her thing.

    • Lade
      June 12, 2016 / 10:43 pm

      lol Jennifer,

      I don’t blame you, so long as your are giving your hair good care there is no need to focus on shed hairs unless you are losing huge clumps of hair……which I am sure you’re not.

      Happy hair journey

  3. Precious
    June 1, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Hi Lade. I dont really know how mich hair i shed. Going by yours i guess i dont have to panic. Though i started my hair journey last September. Tnx a million.

    • Lade
      June 12, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      Yes definitely don’t panic Precious
      I hope your journey is going well

  4. Tolu
    June 7, 2016 / 8:05 am

    Did you actually count the strands to arrive at 40 per day?

    • Lade
      June 12, 2016 / 10:51 pm

      Yes Tolu :)
      I actually did
      The first year on my journey, I counted the amount of shed hair I got over a one week period and the average was approximately 40 strands a day

      I realise counting strands of hair everyday was a little bit crazy but it was during my first year and most obsessive phase of this hair journey life. :)



  5. June 12, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    You are very detail when it comes to hair stuff. I don’t really pay attention to the amount of hair that I shed. Very informative post. Well done.

    • Lade
      June 12, 2016 / 11:05 pm

      Thank you so much Iyene
      As a hair blogger being detailed about hair stuff is fun for me.. :)

      So long as your shedding isn’t loads and loads and you are not experiencing significant thinning then its not something you should worry about

  6. Judy
    June 15, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    I’m shedding what you showed every time I comb my hair. My hair is so thin now, I’m thinking about cutting it – again – for a third time. I think I’m going just going to give up on this hair journey thing. I just wanted to get to about bra strap length but I keep getting stuck at arm pit length, at which point my hair starts shedding and breaking like crazy then I end up having to cut it off. My hair also seems to always be really dry no matter what moisturizer I use. They just seem to sit on my hair but not penetrate the hair. Any advice? Sorry for the long ramble.

  7. Chuks Jenny
    March 18, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    Pls I need to know wat products to use for my hair growth and tips I can use for my hair to make it long and healthy..Tnx

    • Lade
      May 3, 2017 / 10:05 pm

      Hello Jenny

      Sorry for the late response
      The best thing you can et from Hairducation is to read all the contents of the section called how to care for black hair.
      It has all the tips you need and I hope your hair will benefit from it.

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