Whether your hair is long, short, or somewhere in between, most of us are accustomed to finding strands of hair everywhere – the shower, the floor, our clothes, just about any place we come into contact with! While it is normal to lose a few strands of hair, there may be a few reasons why you are experiencing more hair shedding than normal. Let’s look at why you might be shedding hair and how you can prevent it!

The why

Hair shedding is totally normal and is not the same as experiencing hair loss. On average, we lose about 50-100 strands of hair per day, especially if you are washing your hair or detangling it. 

While we all enjoy experimenting with different hair colours and changing up our style, repeated chemical processing can severely damage your hair. The harsh chemicals can cause it to become dry, brittle and weak – ultimately leading to hair shedding.

While we may be heading into some warmer weather now, if you feel like you have been experiencing more hair shedding lately, that’s because the colder weather may be causing this. Colder temperatures can leave our scalps dry, causing dandruff which may lead to excess shedding.

Excessive use of heat tools that cause our hair damage over time is another culprit when it comes to hair shedding. It’s all about the way these tools cause our hair to weaken and become dry. Not only could it be heat styling causing this, but also using tight hair ties and hairstyles. Anything that pulls harshly on your hair could be damaging it more than you realise, especially if you are experiencing hair shedding close to the scalp.

So, how do we prevent hair shedding?

Take care of your scalp! After all, this is where your hair is most often shedding from. Use a scalp scrub to exfoliate dry skin and prevent product build-up, as well as nourishing it and keeping it hydrated. Try using a deep conditioning mask or even an anti-dandruff shampoo.

If possible, try to give your hair a rest from chemical processing. As we said before, this is super harsh on your hair and giving your locks time to recover can really help with hair shedding. Let the natural oils of your hair do their thing for a while!

While there’s no need to quit using heat tools altogether, try reducing the number of times you use them and lower their temperature when you do. It’s also a good idea to keep your hair tied loosely, to avoid harsh tugging and pulling.

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