Q: How many hairs do we lose per day? Do we lose more hairs in a day when we get older?
A: Hair loss is a big issue in most peoples’ minds. On average, a person will lose somewhere between 50 and 150 hairs per day to normal cyclic hair growth and loss. However, the exact number varies with the individual,
and can be increased due to a variety of factors. Things like medications and chemicals introduced into the body – especially smoking cigarettes – can affect the hair’s growth phases and increase the rate of hair loss.
An individual also may begin to lose hair faster as they age, as fully 1/3rd of individuals – both male and female – can lose as much as 30% of the hair density by age 40. It’s
basically a genetic lottery. Some people are predisposed to keeping their hair, while some aren’t. Additionally, some may experience a significant decrease in pigment production in the hair leading to gray hair, while
others retain darker tresses into their later years.
The thing to remember is that you want to make sure to keep the odds in your favor. Avoid things that can increase the rates of hair loss. Keep your scalp clean and healthy. Eat a diet
that is well-balanced and rich in protein and vitamins, especially antioxidants. And finally, avoid things like smoking and excessive drinking of alcohol which can increase the rates of hair loss by throwing off the body’s
chemical and health balances.