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Hair Fall vs Hair Loss: What’s the Difference and Why Should You Care?
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“Hair fall” and “hair loss” might sound like more or less the same thing, but knowing the differences between them could be the difference between getting effective hair treatment and wasting time and money on “solutions” that turn out to be ineffective.
How are they different, how are they similar, and what does it all mean for you? That’s what we’ll be exploring today.
Hair fall is more commonly known as “shedding,” and it’s a phenomenon that occurs not only among human beings but almost every living creature with fur or hair.
It’s not out of place to lose between 50 and 100 hairs per day, and if you wear your hair long, that number might be even higher.
However, considering that you have around 100,000 hair follicles on your scalp, we wouldn’t worry too much about a few dozen fallen hairs per day messing up your natural look.
When most people conceptualize losing hair in such a way that will affect their personal style, hair loss tends to be what they’re thinking of.
While it isn’t a given that everyone will experience it in the same way that shedding is natural for almost everyone, hair loss is also far from unheard of, and many people of all genders deal with it every single day.
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What to Do About Hair Fall and Hair Loss
First, the good news: shedding requires no intervention whatsoever. If you lose a small number of hairs per day, you’re experiencing something common to everyone around you as well, and there’s nothing you need to worry yourself over or try to fix.
If you find yourself with more hair fall than usual and want to take extra steps to make sure it doesn’t turn into hair loss, always make sure to check the ingredients on the bottle of the hair products you use and cross-reference them to make sure they aren’t linked to hair loss.
Going with organic products can be a good way to keep your hair lustrous and secure it from damage in the long term.
Hair loss can be a bit trickier to manage, but it’s far from impossible, and the resources for preventing and reversing hair loss have grown by leaps and bounds over the past generation.
Medical devices like the ARTAS system allow cosmetic surgeons to do their jobs without being hampered by busywork or the trappings of human error, and there are many over-the-counter medications that are effective at helping you to regrow your hair.
Be advised, however, that not all of these products work the way they say they do on the bottle, and you should always do a bit of research before going all-in on a purported miracle cure.
The safest and most effective treatment for hair loss is always going to be an official medical procedure from a doctor you trust.
Tips for Preventing and Reversing Hair Loss
Whether you’re simply shedding or you’re more concerned about serious hair loss, there are a few steps you can follow to keep your hair sitting pretty on your scalp, and we’ve compiled a short cheat sheet to help you stay on your hair’s good side.
- Check the ingredients on the shampoo brands you’re using; many chemicals that you might not initially suspect have been linked to hair loss or increased shedding
- Don’t fuss with your hair too much; try to restrain yourself from running your hands through it and refrain from putting an excess of nonessential hair product in it (i.e. gels and stylers)
- Research the reputation of certain hair loss preventatives before you try them, and always default to making an appointment with a qualified physician for the best results
What do you think of our list of ways to control hair loss and shedding? Do you have your own experiences with balding and excess hair fall that you’d like to share or tips that have worked for you that we haven’t mentioned here? Leave us a comment below and join the conversation!