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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