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How Much Hair Loss is Normal?

So, you’ve noticed what you think are more hairs than normal in your hair brush, or perhaps in your bathroom plug hole, and you’re concerned. It’s not surprising – we can lose up to 100 hairs a day, and that’s considered perfectly normal, assuming the loss occurs evenly across the scalp and hair are replaced at the same rate as they’re shed.
How Much Hair Loss is Normal?
Did you know that the assumption we lose around 100 hairs a day is only based on the general assumption that scalps, on average, contain 10,000 individual hairs and that 10% of those hairs will be in the ‘telogen’ or ‘resting’ phase for three months before they’re shed?

The 60 second hair count

There isn’t currently any standard method to assess the average number of hairs lost on a daily basis, but a report in the Archives of Dermatology recommends the ‘60 second hair count’ as a reliable way to assess how much hair is being shed.

This methodology was the result of a study of 60 men, all in good health and with no evidence of any hair loss conditions. Half the men were aged 20 to 40, and half aged 41 to 60. The men participating in the study were all given the same shampoo and combs and told to wash their hair for three mornings in a row. On the fourth morning, before shampooing, they were instructed to comb their hair forward over a towel or pillowcase for 60 seconds. The men counted the hairs lost in this way for three consecutive days, with the procedure repeated after six months.

Consistent results

The results revealed that men aged 20 to 40 lost between 0 and 78 hairs – the average loss per test was 10.2 hairs. Men aged 41 to 60 shed between 0 and 43 hairs, with an average of 10.3 hairs lost per test. Consistent results were obtained over the three day period, and similar hair counts were achieved after six months.

As a result, the 60 second hair count has been deemed a simple and reliable way for men to monitor hair shedding. If you perform the test and are concerned about the number of hairs you have counted, it is advisable to seek a consultation with a hair loss expert to find out whether you have a hair loss condition, and what treatments are available.


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21st December, 2016 at 5:02 am

Mohammed Azeemuddin

I am losing about 100 hair a days since 2 months. Especially, when i wake up from bed, I see around 30 hair on my pillow. I`m really worried and depressed. I have consulted dermatologist she prescribed me vichy dercos noegenic shampoo and to avoid hair oil. It`s making my scalp too much dry and increasing my hair fall. Please suggest shall I opt for Sebamed Anti-dandruff shampoo

17th January, 2017 at 5:55 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Mohammed, it is absolutely normal to lose around 100-150 hairs per day so what you describe does not sound like anything to worry about. It sounds like your dermatologist has prescribed you treatments to deal with a scalp condition, not hair loss. If you have a problem with dandruff then by all means try anti-dandruff shampoos that are designed for frequent use as they will be more gentle on the hair. If you are still concerned about losing your hair then we recommend you have a consultation with a specialist as they will be able to assess you and explain any issues you may be experiencing. This will at the very least help to put your mind at rest and provide you with options for a plan of action to address these issues.

13th May, 2017 at 9:53 am

Prashant

is applying coconut oil is good or not bcoz i m loosing my hairs as I apply oil for deep conditioning be wash

15th May, 2017 at 9:21 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Prashant, you can find information regarding the use of coconut oil on our hair loss blog, here.

9th June, 2017 at 12:46 pm

patel j

hello sir my stress medicine continues & my hair loss 125 in per day around to normal?? age 21

9th June, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi there, It may be a little high but it depends if the rate is constant over a decent period of time as this is only slightly higher than the 100 hairs per day shedding average which is considered normal. If you are troubled by stress and/or hair loss as a side effect of medication then this could be causing the extra shedding. Although both these issues can cause temporary hair loss from telogen effluvium and will generally clear up in around six months time, they can trigger male pattern hair loss if you have an underlying genetic predisposition. If you are concerned it is best to get a professional diagnosis of your hair loss condition so that a treatment plan can be formulated and recommended to you based on your specific requirements.

21st June, 2017 at 5:48 pm

Furkaan

I am 25 year old i am loosing around 40-50 hair with roots a day.on sides and back of my head there is no problem,but i think front side my hairs are thinning. is this any serious issue

22nd June, 2017 at 10:41 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Furkaan, we cannot tell you if you have a hair loss condition from the information you have given here, a consultation would be necessary for this, but as you will see from the article above, it is completely normal to lose up to 100 hairs per day as part of the regular hair growth cycle.

29th June, 2017 at 3:42 pm

varun

I am 19 years old i am lossing 30-50 strands each day the hair has white bulb at the end my eyebrows, eyelashes and some pubic hairs also falls. I am stressed with falling of hairs till 3 months

29th June, 2017 at 4:01 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Varun, if you are losing hair from your body and face as well as your scalp we recommend you speak to your doctor. This is likely to be Alopecia Universalis which we cannot treat.

28th July, 2017 at 1:08 am

Alex

Is finasteride a good option for pattern hairloss ? What are side effects and are they reversible ?

28th July, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Alex, you can find out all about finasteride 1mg on our Male Hair Loss Treatment page, including click throughs to specific information regarding this popular drug and the potential side effects.

1st August, 2017 at 7:11 pm

pritom

Iam 20 year old and everyday i loose more than 70+ hair.i use tresemme hair fall control shampoo..bt um not getting any results..i also applied egg on my scalp and tried many other natural remadies..bt none of these seems to help..the num of hair fall increased during 2 months as i shifted to a new city..i need help from u guyz badly..as um now feeling hopeless..i never used gell or any other harmful thing on my hair..so why is this happening to me? :'(

2nd August, 2017 at 10:57 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Pritom. We cannot tell you the precise cause of your hair loss without assessing you but the most likely causes are genetics, stress from moving or a combination of both. The hairfall you describe is, however, well within the normal range as you can see from the story above. Egg, 'hair loss shampoo' and natural remedies will not treat hair loss from male pattern baldness and hair gel is highly unlikely to cause thinning hair. There are only two proven male hair loss treatments and these are both drugs - finasteride 1mg and minoxidil. You can find out more about these on our hair loss treatment page.

4th August, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Maher

Im 15 and ive lost almost half of my hair. I am facing extreme hairfall. I guess because i had been using straightening iron alot but i havent been using it for almost a year. And i have tried oiling. Hair masks everything. Please help. My hair comes out even if i slightly pull my hand through my hair or brush it. I had very thick hair.

23rd August, 2017 at 10:57 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Maher, here's a full response to your query and hair loss advice from one of Belgravia's senior specialists.

13th September, 2017 at 2:58 am

saravanan

I am 20 years old.....i have 30 to 40 hairs in a day....what i do.....and how to remove dandruff???

13th September, 2017 at 9:48 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Saravanan, it is normal to lose up to around 100 hairs per day so this does not sound like anything to worry about. You can find information about dandruff on our dedicated dandruff page

13th September, 2017 at 6:45 pm

Vignesh

I'm losing more than 40 strands per day and I'm 17. Yes I do have dandruff problem for which im using anti-dandruff shampoo. I'm now actually growing out my hair. It's been months since I got a haircut. Is it normal? I'm somewhat stressed by this issue.

14th September, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Vignesh, as you will note from the article above, the standard amount of hair loss is around 100 hairs per day so what you are describing sounds completely normal.

18th September, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Ajith..

Dear sir...i had to face sufferd dengu fever and , now my hair less thik.. i counted my hair loose whole day. My long hair lose about 75 and short hair 25 lossing per a day. Is it normal condition ? I am vegitarian ..how many rate long and small hair loosing for men per a day... i will expect answer from you quickly ..

18th September, 2017 at 3:53 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ajith, as you can see from the information above - including the details on average daily hair loss - this sounds fairly normal. It is possible to experience extra shedding on a temporary basis during and following illness. This will generally right itself once the issue is under control, in up to six months.

20th September, 2017 at 8:25 pm

Sebastian

Hello. I.m using the Vichy antidandruff shampoo for greasy hair for some years. I.m dandruff free now, had seboreic dermathitis. But now mt concern is that i.m loosing hair and my question is ... it is possible that i used only this type of shampoo for years that causes my haie loss?

21st September, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sebastian, it is highly unlikely that your choice of shampoo has lead to hair loss. We would need to assess you to determine the precise hair loss condition you are experiencing but, if you have excessive hair fall resulting in thinning hair from areas around the top of your scalp and/or hairline, this is most likely to be Male Pattern Baldness. This is determined by genetics. Whilst it can be triggered into presenting earlier than perhaps nature intended by certain lifestyle factors, including stress and illness, unless you had a fairly intense allergic reaction to the shampoo, this is almost certainly not a factor here. If your hair is shedding from all over your scalp it could be Telogen Effluvium, a temporary form of hair loss often brought on by the aforementioned lifestyle factors. This condition does tend to affect women more than men but it is possible for men to experience it too. If you are concerned about your level of hair loss we recommend having a consultation, either in person or online, so that you can receive a professional diagnosis and appropriate hair loss treatment recommendations.

26th September, 2017 at 9:57 am

Malik

Hiya, I am 33 years old male, I lose around 60 hairs when I wash my hair during shower. Is it normal? Thank you.

26th September, 2017 at 10:27 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Malik, as you will find from the article above, this is well within the normal range of hair fall.

29th September, 2017 at 8:43 pm

solomon

Hi I am 18 years old and around 4 weeks ago I noticed a massive increase in hair shedding. Around 2015 I crash dieted and lost 4 stone in about 4 months. After I just lost 4 stone my hair out of nothing started shedding so much and so much of my scalp on top became visible when I showered, i researched the reasons for this and all I saw was MPB which I thought I had. This lead me to depression however I recovered and about 7 months later my hair regrew and re thickened without me noticing until I looked in the mirror and realised. Now to 2017 after maintaining my weight for about a year I decided to diet again and lost another stone in 3 weeks. Since then till now I eat less than 500 calories on a monday and the rest of the days in the week I starve the whole day and only eat dinner. A couple of weeks ago i noticed my hair falling out way more than normal also on my pillow. In the space of a couple of weeks i went from thick head of hair to thinning. I got a haircut as i had enough of seeing my hair everywhere and noticed just behind my hairline has become very thin, My hairline is unchanged and my crown however my hair has become thinner and especially just behind the hairline. Please help me I do have relatives who have gone through MPB all on my mums side. And im afraid im going through it. Nobody notices my thinning only me especially when i shower my scalp is visible when it was thicker a couple of weeks ago. Also just before i cut my hair I done a slight test I combed the top of my head and a lot of hairs came out and combed the back of my head which is normally unaffected by MPB and a lot hairs also came out. My hairs are 90% long strands with a White bulb in them. What is happening to me please help.

3rd October, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Solomon - here's a full response to your queries from our senior hair loss specialist. We hope it helps.

9th October, 2017 at 10:44 am

Majid

Hi... I am 25 year old male and I am losing about 5 to 10 strands (widely noticed by me) while shampooing and combing and 3 to 4 strands on pillow... So is it normal...?? I am losing with the same rate since 2 years... Is that means I am going bald...??? Please help... Thanx in advance....

10th October, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Tp

I've noticed hair falling out when i shower, i see strands on my hands. I towel dry my hair and i see hair on the white towel, I've never counted them but I'd assume around 30-40 from drying withe the towel alone. This is not all at once, but ill dry then brush off thr hair on the sink then dry it again then brush it off on the sink, this is on top of the hair lost when i washed my hair. I give my hair a day rest between eacg wash. Is this normal.

11th October, 2017 at 11:13 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Tp. As above, it is normal for everyone to lose around 100 hairs per day so, yes, this sounds normal.

11th October, 2017 at 11:21 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Majid. As it says above, losing up to 100 hairs per day is entirely normal so no, it does not sound like you are going bald.

15th October, 2017 at 4:55 am

Vinit

I loose my hair 40 while massaging with oil is it normal

16th October, 2017 at 9:25 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Vinit, as per the information above, it is normal to lose around 100 hairs per day so that does sound normal.

18th October, 2017 at 1:40 am

himanshu

Hi sir my name is himanshu and currently im facing dandriff and hairfall problem and my hairfall rate is 60 per day to70 .I consulted this with my dermotologist he says it's normal and gave me shampoo and renforcyil is this normal?

20th October, 2017 at 9:59 am

Jonny

Hi Himanshu. It is normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day. I would say that if you have noticed an increase in hairfall, or visual thinning, then it is likely there might be a problem - most probably Male Pattern Hair Loss.

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