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Hairfall Causes And Solutions

Because of the natural growth cycle of hair, most people shed between 50 and 100 individual strands per day and more loss is possible on days that you wash your hair.

If your hair is falling out at a more noticeable rate than you have previously experienced, however, there are many potential causes of your shedding. Fortunately, many of the causes of hair loss can be stopped so that it will return to normal rates.

Brushing Wet Hair

In many cases, the causes of your increased hair loss are easily solvable. There are numerous grooming and styling habits that can damage or break hair, causing more to fall out than is normal for you. Brushing your hair while it is still damp or wet is one such habit that can damage hair. Wet hair is often tangled, and a brush will rip through tangles and pull it out. You should also use a comb that is a wide toothed comb if you must comb it wet. Use a detangler or leave in conditioner if you are prone to tangles, and begin combing at the ends where tangles are most likely to form. Once you get the tangles out at the ends, then you may comb downward from the top of your head.

Scrubbing Hair

When you shampoo your hair, massage rather than scrub the shampoo into your scalp. Scrubbing too vigorously can pull the hairs out of your head or cause them to break off. Gently massaging the shampoo into your scalp will remove excess oils and dirt without breaking or pulling it. If your hair is short, let the shampoo run down the length of it. If it is medium length or longer, gather your hair in a pile on top of your head and gently massage the shampoo into it. If you feel it necessary, use a hair growth shampoo or cleanser that is intended for hair loss.

Before getting out of the shower, gently squeeze the excess water out of it. The more water that stays in the shower, the less drying you will have to do to your hair. When you get out of the shower, blot excess water from it with a soft towel, a microfiber cloth, or a cotton t-shirt. Rubbing your hair vigorously or using a rough towel will not only promote tangles, but it will also cause damage by breaking the hair or damaging the cuticle.

Heat Styling

Many women blow-dry their locks on a daily basis in addition to using other heated tools to curl or straighten it. Blow drying damages hair in multiple ways. It makes it more dry, which makes it more brittle and prone to breakage.

Blow-drying on a medium or high setting can also cause hair to fall out or break off because it is rough the strands. Straightening and curling irons, in addition to hot rollers, also cause it to dry out, making it more likely to break and fall off. Curling and straightening hair can also cause it to fall out if you pull too hard when using the appliance or rollers. Give your hair a break from heat styling whenever you can to reduce the damage you do to your locks that can cause it to fall out. When heat styling is unavoidable, use styling products that are formulated to protect from damaging heat.


  • Use a detangler or leave-in conditioner to reduce snagging and breaking
  • Massage, don't scrub your hair or scalp when shampooing
  • Blot or air dry rather than scrubbing with a towel
  • Use a wide-toothed comb after shampooing and conditioning
  • Avoid heat or use low heat when styling
  • Use a hair growth or hair loss shampoo