How Many Hairs Do We Lose a Day?

How Many Hairs Do We Lose a Day?

January 19, 2016. Filed under Blog.No Comments

Have you been frowning lately, glancing at your shower drain or comb, wondering if your number of lost hairs is increasing? Yes, it’s perfectly normal to lose a certain number of hairs per day. But how much is too much hair loss? When should you start looking into hair growth treatments, such as laser hair therapy? Even if you aren’t concerned with hair loss now, laser hair therapy is the only hair growth treatment with no side effects that can also be used as a preventative measure, especially if your relatives are showing signs of androgenetic alopecia– otherwise known as genetic baldness. So back to the question at hand– how many hairs do we normally lose a day, and when should you start taking preventative measures, if any?

What is Hair?

Before answering these questions, you need to understand what hair is. Have you ever really sat back and thought about the composition of hair? Why do we have it? While we may have needed hair millenniums ago while growling around as some type of mammal, whether for the purposes of camouflage or protection from the cold, today the only hair we care about covers our scalps. Oh, and its modern-day purposes? Purely aesthetic. We want to be attractive and attract the right mate. So having “lively, glowing, full-of-life” hair is a must. Right? Well, that’s debatable.

Guess what– hair is actually dead, for the most part. It’s composed of dead protein cells. The only part that’s alive is buried somewhere inaccessible from your end of things– unless you use advanced hair growth technology to rejuvenate it. Underneath these lifeless protein layers, a hair follicle receives blood and nutrients from your scalp, and can receive even more energy with cutting edge tech. We’re referring to laser hair therapy, which, with the optimum device, has been clinically proven to stimulate hair follicles and thicken your hair.

Hair Equality For All

Thomas Jefferson once declared that “all men are created equal”. We’re certain that if he were alive today, women would’ve been included in his historical statement. The point is that all humans are born with specific DNA, so the rate at which our hair grows (and falls) is mostly predetermined by our very own ancestors. However, there is still some truth to the American Revolution’s famous saying: all hair, regardless of its potential to sprout or to shrivel, undergoes three stages: anagen, catagen and telogen, otherwise known as active, transitional and resting.

Anagen is for active. A scalp hair in this phase grows about 1 centimeter a month. That’s just about 0.4 inches in non-metric vocabulary. That’s also when your DNA comes into play, determining where that hair falls in its typical 2 to 6 years phase range. Then the hair enters a short transitional phase called catagen, which is more or less equivalent to rolling into the ER with no hope. All blood supply is discontinued to the follicle, and off to the morgue your hair goes– the dreaded telogen phase. May that hair rest, and rest in peace, because that’s what a hair does in telogen heaven. Or perhaps hell, because that’s when you lose hair. But don’t worry too much (yet). If you’re healthy, a new hair follicle will form in its place and eventually make its way from the underground cave of your scalp, joining the rest of its furry, happy companions at the surface.

People say that if you’re healthy, you “lose fifty to one hundred hairs a day”. The truth is, there isn’t a single study out there that can validate this statement. Have you ever walked around with a huge Elizabethan pet collar for an extended period of time, counting every hair that fell within the cone’s diameter? No one has, so to put an actual number on hair loss is perpetuating a lie that has been propagating for who knows how long. There are too many cycles and factors at play, such as stress, hormone levels, the environment, medications, heat, and a thousand of other chemical processes that occur within your body, to really narrow down a count for “normal” hair loss.

How Much is Too Much?

Assuming you haven’t yet participated in an Elizabethan collar hair loss study, you probably have a general sense of what’s normal for you. Regardless, there might come a time in your life when you think you might be losing more hair than normal, and wonder if you’ve been routed from anagen happiness to telogen misery. If that’s the case, then we recommend a prompt visit to your physician, as hair loss can sometimes be an indication of an underlying medical issue. Don’t be an ostrich sticking its head into the sand and make an appointment to rule out any serious health problems, such as thyroid disorders, infections, or autoimmune conditions. Once your health is back on track, then you can start laser hair growth treatments, provided they are cleared by your physician.

Prevention is Better Than Cure

If you want to avoid hair loss due to stress or environmental factors, or simply want to maintain your full head of healthy hair– guess what, laser hair therapy has absolutely no side effects, unlike other hair growth treatments out on the market. Let’s not forget the big DNA is always lurking over our shoulders, ensuring our genes are properly passed on whether or not to our advantage. So to answer one of the above questions, if your relatives have thinning hair, then it’s never too early to prevent hair loss and begin clinically effective laser hair therapy treatments.

Laser hair therapy, with a high-quality hair growth helmet, uses powerful laser light to reach the base of your hair follicles, stimulating cell growth, and thus elongating the anagen phase we all want. And thanks to the advancement we’ve made since the times of our furry, grunting cousins, we also don’t need to budget half our savings and invest our precious time in repeated visits to laser hair therapy clinics. Using a convenient and effective at home laser hair therapy device, such as the FDA-cleared Theradome LH80 PRO, will do just the trick for you– regardless of what the environment, stressful visits from your in-laws or your DNA has preordained.

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