What is hair fall?

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A loss of 150 hair fibres a day is considered normal, as part of the natural hair growth cycle. However, if hair loss exceeds 150 fibres a day, it can be the result of a variety of factors such as excessive heated styling, excessive chemical treatments and even environmental factors, like seasonal changes. Over time, these external factors can damage to the structure of the hair fibre, resulting in breakage and hair fall - which becomes apparent when you run a brush through your lengths and discover broken strands left behind.

• BRUSHING HAIR CAN MAKE HAIR FALL OUT MORE QUICKLY

If you dream of running a brush through your hair without excess hair being left behind, you’re not alone. Hail fall is a regular issue for many women, but as most people don’t like to talk about it, the solution is not always obvious. Hair brushing can cause you to lose hair that was ready to fall anyway, but will not increase the likelihood of hair fall or a hair fall condition. If your hair is knotted or tangled, start at the bottom when hair brushing, so that you don’t put undue pressure on the hair shaft, and don’t brush hair when it’s wet, when it’s most vulnerable to damage. There is no need to walk around with un-brushed hair for fear of hair fall; normal daily hair brushing will not accelerate hair fall from the scalp.

• STRESS CAN MAKE YOUR HAIR FALL OUT

A common myth of hair loss is that it can be caused by stress. We naturally shed between 50 and 80 strands of hair a day, but stressful circumstances induce hair loss. If you are experiencing what seems like excessive stress and hair loss, be sure to consult your doctor. This is a myth of hair loss that can come true.

• Myths debunked!

1. Myth: Does over-shampooing cause hair fall?

Don’t worry wash your hair as much as you want. Shampooing only removes hair that has already fallen out. Today’s shampoos and conditioners are formulated to actually improve the condition of hair, even with daily use, so if you wash your hair frequently, it’s not a bad thing.

Does over-shampooing cause hair fall?

2. Myth: Is hair fall only a hereditary issue?

Heredity is the most common cause of hair loss but is not the only cause. Most of the hair you see in the brush is linked to hair being damaged until it breaks and falls. More damage, more hair fall.

Is hair fall only a hereditary issue?

3. Myth: Cutting hair makes it grow thicker.

It is an optical illusion, it looks thicker because when it is cut and has a good shape, tends to look healthier and can also help you “fake” volume. But cutting hair will not make it grow faster or thicker.

Cutting hair makes it grow thicker.