A lot of patients ask if combing their hair too much can make it fall out. The average person can lose up to a hundred strands of hair a day. As for brushing, if you brush your hair too hard it can cause the hair cuticle to flake and strip away. If your hair is already damaged from any of these factors a simple brush can cause it to fall out. Other factors can attribute to hair loss including damage due to dying your hair, using chemicals, sun damage, thermal styling, and neglectful upkeep. Commonly we see natural hair loss as a result of medical illness or genetic factors.
As mentioned earlier, medical illnesses can cause hair loss. When discussing medical hair loss we need to remember there are two factors; one being the hair will shed faster since it’s lacking nutrients. Second, the hair can break easily since it is brittle. Other medical factors such as hormones and some medications can cause excess breakage and hair loss.
As we age we lose hair, it’s only natural. Everyone is different and looses hair at their own rate. Females experience more thinning of the hair, whereas males see more of a receding hairline and thinning in the crown area.
We always recommend talking to your physician to discuss any underlying medical condition before diagnosing your hair loss.
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