Hair Shedding V Hair Breakage

Hair Loss Experts At Ruby Mane Hair Salon In Surrey

Hair shedding and hair breakage can often be confused with each other as both result in the hair looking thinner overall. However, there are some key differences between shedding and breakage that can help you get to the root cause of the problem.

At Ruby Mane Hair Boutique in Farnham, our hair experts explain the differences between hair breakage and shedding as well as what may be done to reduce hair thinning and hair loss.

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What Is Hair Shedding?

Each hair on your head goes through a hair growth cycle. Right now, around 85-90% of the hairs on your head are likely to be in the anagen phase. The anagen phase means that these hairs are actively growing. While the remaining 10-15% of hairs are in the telogen or resting phase.

Typically, hair is in the anagen phase for around 2-4 years. Then, the hair will naturally enter the resting phase for around 2-4 months. After this, the hair sheds to make room for new hair growth. An average, healthy person should expect to shed up to 100 hairs every day!

Therefore, if you often see some hairs in your hair brush or circling round your shower drain... don't worry! Hair shedding is a normal part of the hair growth cycle. 

What Is Hair Breakage?

Hair breakage is when the hair breaks somewhere on the strand. This is another normal part of the hair's life, as breakage and split ends are expected due to our day-to-day activities. Causes of hair breakage include the sun, wind, water, touching, sleeping and styling your hair - just to name a few!

Hair breakage can lead to sparse areas around the scalp or other areas of your head depending on where the hairs are broken. This can also lead to frizzy looking hair. Although hair breakage is normal, there are things you can do to reduce the amount of breakage you are having. 

What Is Hair Loss?

Hair loss involves excessive hair shedding. If you are noticing more hair than usual falling out when you brush or wash your hair and it is concerning you, we recommend that you contact your local GP.

Causes of hair loss include:

Major surgery
Physical trauma such as a sporting injury or car accident
Serious psychological stress such as divorce
Illness, infection or a high fever
Extreme weight loss through diet or illness
Iron deficiency
Abrupt hormonal changes such as childbirth & menopause

Genetic reasons such as male pattern baldness and female patten baldness may also be why you are experiencing hair loss. If you believe this is the case, we recommend you contact a trichologist or go to a specialist hair loss clinic.

Treatments For Hair Loss

If your hair is naturally shedding, all you need to do is wait as new hairs will replace the old ones. Often people may notice seasonal hair shedding - especially in Autumn - as the hair grows more in the Summer and when these hairs are no longer they are naturally shed.

If you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning due to hair breakage, there are things you can do to reduce the amount of breakage. Breakage usually happens due to the hair being dry and brittle. Therefore, use moisturising hair products such as moisturising shampoo and conditioner to reduce hair breakage. You should also be gentle when brushing and styling your hair so as to not accidentally break any strands. In addition to this, make sure to use heat protectant whenever you use heated styling tools. 

You should also make sure to come into our Farnham salon for regular trims every 6-8 weeks so that we can trim any split ends. If you're not sure what hair products you should be using, just ask one of our friendly stylists and they will be happy to recommend the right hair care products for you.

Book An Appointment At Ruby Mane Hair Boutique In Farnham

Keep your hair looking healthy with regular trims at Ruby Mane Hair Boutique in Surrey. To book your appointment, please call us on on 01252 713677 or book online using the pop-up button at the side of the screen.

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