The Difference between Hair Breakage and Shedding

hair on pillow 300x225 The Difference between Hair Breakage and Shedding

Do you find yourself always brushing your shoulders off? Not in the good way, but dusting off your fallen strands of hair from your shirt? Or waking up to hair strands all over your beautiful white pillow? It can be disheartening when you’re doing your best to care for your mane. Fear not, the fallen hair may not be breakage, but rather, natural shedding.

Every strand of hair goes through a life cycle of birth, death and shedding. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you shed approximately 50-100 strands of hair every day! So, if you’ve been rocking a style for days, weeks or even months, you can expect to find a lot of hair in your sink come wash day. How do you know if your hair is broken or if it shed naturally? Next time you find a fallen hair, check to see if it has a little white bulb on one end, if so, it means it shed naturally from its hair follicle. Strands that shed will never be without a white bulb. Shedding is completely normal, but you may experience an abnormal amount of shedding during high-stress periods of your life. To control excessive shedding, it is vital to manage your stress levels, eat a proper diet and exercise regularly.

Uneven hair can be the result of an unfortunate haircut or a sign of hair breakage. Run your fingers through your locks from root to tip, and feel if you notice some hair that is shorter than the rest. If you notice an unusual amount of unevenness in a particular area of your head, look to see if you’re wearing a hat or scarf that could be rubbing on that area. Excessive rubbing can cause your hair to break.

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