Ew! Why am I Losing Hair in the Shower?

Why Does My Hair Fall Out in the Shower?

Extra hair circling the drain might scare you. But even then, it’s possible your hair loss volume is perfectly normal. 

Three phases make up the lifespan of a hair follicle. They consist of the anagen, catagen and telogen phases — each and every hair is in an independent phase of the cycle from the others around it.

The anagen phase is the growth phase of the cycle, the growth slows in the catagen phase and the follicle goes away in the telogen phase. This is the natural and normal life cycle of your hair.

In fact, each person is assumed to have around nine percent of their hair in the telogen phase at any time.

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What Causes Normal Hair Fall?

Losing around 50-100 strands of hair everyday is completely normal. To understand the cause of this, we need to get into the cycle of hair growth [2]. Your hair grows in three phases:

1. Anagen – In this phase, hair begins to grow from the roots and usually lasts for 3-7 years.

2. Catagen – The hair enters a transitional phase where the hair growth slows down. This lasts for 2-4 months.

3. Telogen – Old hair falls out and new hair strands start growing. This phase lasts for about 3 months.

Did You Know?

  • Healthy adults have 80,000 to 1,20,00 hair strands on their head. On any given day 5-10% of your hair is in the telogen phase and hence you observe hair fall.

Hair Shedding Versus Hair Loss

If you notice more than 100 strands falling out of your head everyday, you may experience hair shedding. Hair shedding is different from permanent hair loss. Hair shedding can be fixed once you’ve identified the triggers or causes like

  • Stress [3]
  • Childbirth
  • Trauma
  • Birth control pills
  • Recovery from an illness or a surgery

After the body has adjusted from such stressful conditions, you may notice the hair fall getting under control.

Medical conditions like thyroid, hormonal changes in menopause [4] and cancer can also lead to excessive hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia [5] and nutritional deficiencies may also cause excessive hair loss.

Note:

If you notice bald spots, patches and clumps of hair falling out, seek medical help immediately. Male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness is usually permanent and cannot be reversed. But there are ways you can slow down the hair shedding.

How do I keep my hair from falling out in the shower?

Water pressure and sheer weight of water itself, when it hits the hair and scalp, adds extra stress causing breakage. It’s pretty difficult to keep your hair from falling out in the shower. However there are shampoos with vitamins, minerals and other substances which can help strengthen the hair. even from it base in the scalp. Although, using these shampoos and thickeners can strengthen your hair, so you may find less of it at the bottom of the drain. 

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Hair falling out in the shower is very common amongst males.

However, this does not mean that using shampoos, #ad hair thickeners and conditioners which promise to add thickening and strength to your hair will stop male pattern baldness. Nor will it prevent it. I would steer clear away products that promise otherwise.

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Does taking a shower cause hair loss?

Showers themselves do not cause hair loss. It seems like a shower might cause hair loss because every time you finish taking a shower you notice a clump of hair left in the drain. Maybe even some loose strands around the tub. However, showers themselves do not cause hair loss.

Tips To Prevent Hair Loss In The Shower

1. Follow A Healthy Diet

Follow a healthy and balanced diet. As hair is made of protein, daily intake of protein-rich foods will help your hair become strong and healthy and prevent excess shedding. Also, consume foods rich in iron, essential vitamins, amino acids, and folic acid.

2. Use A Wide-Toothed Comb

After-shower combing may also cause hair shedding. To prevent this, use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair from the ends of the strands and work your way up to the roots.

3. Avoiding Rubber Bands

Sporting a tight ponytail may strain the hair roots. Rubber bands grip the hair tightly and eventually cause more hair fall.  Instead of rubber bands, you can use hair ties made of cotton or silk as they are gentle on your hair.

4. Limit Heat Styling

It’s no surprise that using excessive heat on your hair may cause hair breakage. This may eventually lead to hair loss. Hence, limit using heat styling tools like hair dryers and hair straighteners and embrace your hair’s natural texture. If you are using a heat styling tool, set the temperature to the lowest setting, and use a heat protectant spray or cream.

5. Avoid Sun Exposure

Too much sun exposure may affect the scalp’s health, affecting the hair follicles and causing increased hair fall. Hence, use hats and scarves to protect your hair from sun exposure.

While a bit of hair fall is fine, a few factors may indicate that something is not right.

What if you have already lost hair due to hot water showers?

This may need the expert opinion of a dermatologist. I would not recommend getting the opinion from a hair stylist or from a hair salon. Because in my opinion, the advice of a dermatologist is the best option in these situations.

It is important to determine whether the hair follicles are damaged or not. This expert opinion could be given by an expert dermatologist.

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1. USE A WIDE-TOOTH COMB WHEN DETANGLING

One of the biggest contributors to experiencing more hair falling out in the shower than you’d like is using the wrong detangling tools. Make it a point to detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb, and start from the ends, working your way up to the roots. It’s also helpful to use a hair detangler, such as the L’Oréal Kids Burst of Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer for All Hair Types.

Will hair loss from hot water showers be permanent?

I’m not an expert or a professional. Also, there is no clear evidence and research studies to conclude that hair loss from hot water showers is permanent. However, I would be much more positive and say, it is not permanent.

Why? Because hot water showers would remove the keratin, nutrition and natural oils from the hair and the scalp. However they all can be regenerated, either naturally or through supplements.

When judging whether the hair loss is permanent or not, it is important to consider the damage to the hair follicles. The follicles produce new hair, by pushing the old hair from the surface of your skin. The hair follicles produce new hair as long as they are alive.

Every hair follicle has its own life cycle, which depends on various factors. So when you take a hot shower, it is highly unlikely to kill hair follicles completely (I’m not saying it’s not possible but it is highly unlikely).

If you pour boiling water on the hair then there is a chance of killing the follicles. But do not worry, the boiling temperature is too much to touch the skin of any human being. 

However if you continue to shower hot water every day, then there is a chance that it could cause permanent hair loss. But I’m not an expert to give you an exact answer on this theory.

How to Stop Hair Loss

So how do you stop seeing more hair in the shower drain?

Well there’s good news, as we mentioned, for telogen effluvium: it often corrects itself. 

You might speed up the process by taking better care of yourself — reducing stress, eating healthier and generally taking better care of your health will help follicles return to the anagen phase of hair growth after a period of several weeks or months.

And for other forms of hair loss, medications might also provide some help with hair growth and assist in the regrowth process. 

Topical minoxidil (better known as Rogaine®) is effective in increasing blood flow to hair follicles, which stimulates the dormant ones to reenter the anagen phase and begin growing your locks back again. 

Most studies are conducted on men, but the results are promising for women, as well.

In one study conducted over a 48-week period, minoxidil increased thickness and boosted hair count by as much as 18 percent. 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, studies show that minoxidil is an effective and safe option for speeding up the recovery process. 

Relief and support might also come in the form of particular shampoo ingredients designed for whatever is plaguing your scalp. For more, check out our Women’s Hair Loss Shampoo.

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