Hair Shedding Vs Hair Loss: Am I Losing My Hair, And How Can I Tell?

Hair Shedding Vs Hair Loss: Am I Losing My Hair, And How Can I Tell?

Hello everyone this is Breanna Rutter author
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aspire by email I received from Georgia, Georgia emailed me because she said every time she
take down her yarn braids she is noticing a lot of shedding it feels like she’s losing
so much hair when she is detangling through her hair and taking down her braids and I’m
extremely happy that you sent me this email because this is a major concern with a lot
of women with the hair that like they fell like they are shedding too much hair especially
when it comes to having natural hair so what I’m going to do is tell you some reasons why
you shedding your hair as some things to look out for to make sure that everything is perfectly
fine so the first thing I’m going to address is that shedding hair is a natural process
they are going to go through it s living proof that you are alive and healthy and well your
hair going to shed different hair shed across your head at different moments of time that
is the natural process of your hair some hairs aren’t shedding yet and some hairs are shedding
this a random event that’s taking place that’s naturally happening with your body without
your consent it typically speaking you shed anywhere from 80 to 100 strands of hair a
day now the next thing I want to lead onto is that the frequency of times that you are
detangling your hair has a lot to do with how much shed hair you’re going to see so
when you’re taking down your yarn braids how long are you leaving them in are you leaving
them in for week to three weeks of one week’s add up all those days and times them by 80
to 100 and that’s how many shed hairs are going to lose is a natural process and the
reason I feel so scary is because you’re seeing all of you shed hair over that entire frame
of your hairstyle all at once and it’s going to make you think oh my gosh I’m losing
clumps of hair my goodness my hair is falling I don’t know what to do you are just seeing
all the hairs accumulated over the life of your style all at once so you can see a lot
of hair that’s a lot of hair that you want to lose over the timeframe the last thing
I want to mention as well is that when you are taking down your style or you do feel
like okay some things a little off I think I and shedding too much hair in order to figure
out if it’s healthy or not you need to evaluate your hair are you thinning in certain areas
of your head do you notice ball spots or patches do you notice that your hairline is thinning
that is a clear indication that your shedding too much hair because your hair will look
thinner or will actually just completely fall out in certain areas now if your hair is falling
our or thinning there could be a number of reasons one reason could be the way to your
extensions are installed if you wear your braids are twists or weaves to tight over
time this will make you shed more hair because it will make your hairline regress or cause
you to lose our hair and create bald spots in different areas where the extensions were
too tight another thing that could lead to thinning hair or bald spots or patches and
is things that could be going on internally things that could be going on externally so
if you’re suffering from alopecia there is that there is a difference between traction
alopecia in the alopecia that is trigger by your immune system which sometimes can make
all of your hair fall out parts of your hair fall out work or cause your hair to thin and
some other factors that could lead to hair thinning as well or bald spots is any medications
you’re taking or even if you take way too much of a vitamin or certain types of vitamins
this could also give you ill effects on your body if you’re taking more than what you should
be taking or if you are taking medications that could interfere with things like having
hair loss and thinning hair so if some of these are symptoms your noticing I highly
suggest you to make sure to follow up with your doctor and let your doctor know or whoever
is prescribing you any medications that this could be a reason why my hair thinning or
starting to fall out so Georgia I want you to just be calm about it because the longer
you keep in a style the more shed hair you will see when it’s time for you take down
your hair and another thing is that if your hair is very thick or very curly you will
notice that the hair will look like a lot when I detangle my hair it looks like a lot
of hair but I’m used to because I know what it looks like when I’m shedding hair normally
all and I’m not shedding her normally and always check my hair to see if the thinning
or if there are any bald spots just to make sure which never is I noticed that when I
see other people detangle hair and have more of a looser curl it doesn’t look like much
volume so if you can imagine is what you have maybe some hair around your house from different
weaves or extensions I want you to take a couple of strands of straight hair and put
it in one hand and then take those same amount of strands of very curly hair put in the other
hand you will notice right away that with the volume of hair to curlier your hair will
look like it’s way more so that’s just naturally what it will look like we are detangling hair
that’s a lot more curly or kinkier is that it will take up more space look like a bigger
ball of hair versus losing five straight hairs you get what I’m saying so I want you to just
keep in mind that is on natural if you’re not balding or you’re not noticing any thinning
your all okay so Im glad you sent me the email because of how to view always ask me and always
want to know where my don’t know what should I do with my hair can you please help me and
I just want to put everything in retrospect that you going to shed hair and that you want
to make sure to watch out for thinning and balding so thank you for sending me the email
and I want to thank you all for watching as well and before any of you go make sure to
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  • POO MILLS says:

    Do wigs damage the growth of hair

  • Kynota Murray says:

    Very Informative video!

  • Naccole 2015 says:

    Very helpful

  • NiangoChan says:

    Thank you so much. I always think I lose so much hair when I comb it out. 

  • Judith J. Hahne says:

    It is possible to re-grow hair naturally in 6 months, without waste a lot of money for surgery & costly treatment

  • Nay Lovable says:

    – Very informative.

  • Tiesha Williams says:

    I appreciate you Queen

  • ecstaticblues says:

     i don't know how true it is, but i was told if the hair has a little ball at one end that it is  hair that has shed.

  • Mell Leon says:

    Thank you

  • motorcity4life says:

    I'm a man and I'm here for shedding it scares the shit out me I don't wanna be 30 and bald

  • NaeNae Napier says:

    I feel better now thnx for letting us know!😌

  • henry huynh says:

    what doctors the ones i go to don't know shit. they only good at taking co pay

  • queen b says:

    is that her real hair or a weave?

  • Naila Stone says:

    Thank you, such a big help

  • MegaChaos91 says:

    I'm a 31 year old guy and I have 85cm of hair (Google says it's: 33.4646in) which I've been growing for the past 6 years.
    My preferred hairstyle is a "modified" loose ponytail. (It's really cute, heh).
    (Much to my father's displeasure… The guy wants to burn it off every time he lays eyes on it… Sheesh)
    Now… Every time I comb my hair, a lot of it falls off.
    I comb like…one or two times per day and I use zero chemicals and stuff.
    (I don't even know if you can buy most of them in my country).
    I read online that that is actually an optical illusion caused by the length of my hair,
    thus making it seem like A LOT of it falls off. I actually took each strand, straightened them and then counted.
    Thankfully, it was as I read. If I had short hair, I wouldn't have even noticed it.

    Just wanted to share my experience with others. Meh…

  • TheDeeGurl says:

    Very informative – thank you!

  • Tanya Cobb-robins says:

    thank you , you helped alot

  • Abdur Salam says:

    As specialist, I'm sure Xohairbon Secrets can be good way to cure your hair loss and regrow it naturally. Why not give it a shot? maybe it can work for you too.

  • PreciousEllis26 says:


  • Dajuvon Mcgowan says:

    😂😂😂😂 I'm done

  • CaraGamez says:

    I'm just like freaking out I'm only like 13 and I just want to know why there is always strands at the end of my hair longer than my normal hair and I don't do any extensions but I was all fine on a vacation until I got home and then I noticed a lot so I'm just trying to tell myself that's this is what it is but I just get so overwhelmed  :/

  • Kenneth Dang says:

    YO! YO! YO!

  • Jessica Dicaprio says:

    Please reply, i wake up i find peices of hairs around my bed, my hair is type 2c its wavy and i dont shower often so i keep the good oils in it, and every time i brush it hair just comes out… And im 11

  • dbedazzling1 says:

    check for pcos or hypothyroidism.

  • motion_froggy says:

    I am a male myself and I am in 13 going on to 14 and I lose hair like a lot like each minute or hour every time I play or brush my hair hair start falling out all over the place and my mom gets very tired of it and she said she would take me to the doctor about why my hair falls out so much

  • Christina Billingsley says:

    this was a great explanation and awesome presentation of the info.
    thank you so much…great job!

  • Zoë R says:

    I'm only 11 but my hair is falling out loads and I can feel it getting thinner whenever I tie it up. I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago but he said it's just normal, well it hasn't stopped or slowed down sooo…. I'm probably gonna go bald😭😂✨

  • jamille Dabon says:

    When i take a shower i loss some hair, most of hair loss when i comb it

  • Christelle Cadet says:

    What if ur hair is coming out from the roots but u not losing to much

  • caroline smile says:

    My hair is looking less.
    what can İ do?
    when İ Comp my hair lots of hair fall out,İ count how much hair is .it is about 54..
    and after shower too.
    and my hair really thin.
    İ wanna have healty hair and much hair very less hair İ have

  • MS. NUNYA says:

    love ur video

  • pops1 pops1 says:

    thank you I have straight hair I had box braids twist back cornrows for 2 weeks. after undoing it I went into the shower and I got scared my hair was falling.tjen the next morning I ran my fingers through my hair and more hair came of scared. but I took a come and come ed it out it was fine.tjis video help me feel better about the whole situation…

  • Dorecia Castleberry says:

    what's the best deep condition for perm hair

  • jenn awesome says:

    Okay thank you so much. I just took out a box braid to redo it and a large portion of my natural hair from that braid came out. I was so scared, but I feel better now. I'm still a bit worried that I've left it in for too long (2 months) and it was too tight.

  • shaniece campbell says:

    Hi I am young teenager and I have a hair problem that I would like to know if anyone could help me with. It seems that I have been losing more hair than usually lately. This is on a daily basic. I have tried switching up my hair styles to be more protective styles to last through out the week to reduce hair loss, such as two braids. I have also tried to take in more vitamins by taking teen vitamins. I have now started to eat healthier to try and combat this problem. This has been going on scince July of this year. But the shedding and breakage has increased over the last month or so. My hair strands have also become thiner and I think they are growing in thiner as well. I also have small bald patches in some spots or wider hair partings all over. My hair was all ways fine however I have been taking great care of it ,and therefor became thicker. The strands also grew in thicker and stronger. I have been on hair jorney for a couple years now, I was finally beging to feel confident about my hair but this has become another set back. I understand that some people naturally have thin hair and shead a lot of hair too, but that is not me and this is why I am worried. I have ask my parents about seeing my doctor to have a blood test regarding this issue. My parents think it is unessary and are in disbelief when I express this issue to them. I don't know what to do. Please help.

  • Stacy G says:

    can really dirty hair cause hair shedding

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  • Jesus Is Lord Now and evermore says:

    Thank you so much this has helped me a lot. I recently took out my braids that I had in for 4months. My hair is natural and when I washed and detangled it in the shower hair was everywhere and I literally almost past out. You have helped me to realize that shedding is normal and I had them in for awhile so it is just months of shedding that came out ….

  • Leondra Fair says:

    thank you. you're awesome

  • Bev K says:

    gurl u know how calm a person down woo

  • rashaad gilbert says:


  • Pamela Laurent says:

    How do I grow my hair my hair is falling out so much. I'm a 4c my hair gets so brittle I touch my hair and a whole pile of my hair falls out. Can you help me?

  • Pamela Laurent says:

    My edges are kinda thinning

  • Young Savage says:

    when I pick my hair hair fall out how can u help that

  • Rebecca Turkel says:

    i am a white woman and i am shredding so much. like 3 large handfuls everytime i wash my hair. it is constantly shredding even after dry. i use a large wide comb. i don't know what to do if i need special vitamins or better quality hair products or what. do you have any advice? no bald spots yet. 🙁

  • nathalie Kim says:

    uhmm.! hi I'm 13 yrs old but my hair is starting to loss and when I brush it it all over on the brush what do I do I'm scared 🙏🙀 I'm sorry for my grammar I'm from south Korea pls! reply back

  • Razah says:

    don't wash your hair simple I had the same problem so I stopped washing my hair for around 1 week my hair went Greecy but every night I showered and just wash with hot water after a week the Greece went and now my hair is soft and shiny and my hair has thickened up just think guys shampoo and conditioner has A LOT OF chemicals in them it's not healthy

  • Jams says:

    Gosh I had such thick hair but now it is getting thinner every day, tbh I don't even know how it got thinner

  • k a y l e e says:

    I know people say "80-100 hairs a day" but what does that even look like??? Because what I think might be a ton may actually be a normal amount, you know?

  • AAA OB says:


  • Mercy Soffo says:

    Hello, my natural hair always shed when am washing it or combing the hair. I usually wash my hair with bathing soap please tell me how and what to do to fix it.

  • Sophie Palmer-Doran says:

    read entier comment and reply ASAP
    history: white female 19 years old hair was thick in early/to late childhood at the age of 15 contracted lice treatment resulted in severe hair damage/ loss like seen in chemotherapy

    recovery: was 4 years to undo the damage done

    current situation: hair has got thicker but now is falling out

    question: why is this happening

  • Jordany Alcantara says:

    how about boys

  • genie121 says:

    I was sick and didn't wash my hair for 3 days. When I washed it…I noticed more hair was coming out.

  • Karen Fuentes says:

    I'm 12 and I lose way too much hair, even at the hair solan they say that too me, I'm so scared, I'll even clean out my hair brush and it gets full of hair again I'm super scared I don't wanna be bald😞

  • Vitali Kogas says:

    I was so relived when I saw this video, I was shedding I guess and I ask my mom why, she says "you probably are missing some vitamins" I asked what are these vitamins and is not taking them going to effect me, and she said "well, these vitamins are important so you can keep your hair and not bald" I asked her again what these vitamins are and she said " I DONT KNOW LEAVE ME ALONE" ever since then I was anxious, but luckly I'm fine

  • Destiny A says:

    I don't know what going on with my hair it taking to long for my hair to grow in I'm Only 16 In idk what going on with my hair r now at the moment in be doing this for the long my hair be going out a place like one side is growing then the. other said is is not grow the sometimes it all stop growing for a while so my hair idk what happened to it

  • Zenyx says:

    don't know if anyone is still active here but im 18(male) and have long hair and when i shower i lose about 100 – 300 strains of hair just by showering, then there is brushing the hair, drying it and even scraching my head. so i'd say i lose about 800 strains of har per day. is this normal?

  • Alphastarseeds says:

    im not african american but this helped me i was concerned about my hair cuz everyday when i brush my hair i see alot of it comming out some days more then the others but thank you for this glad to know im not going bald thatd be bad ill be turning 30 tomorrow so yeah no way lol lots of love to you!

  • mcpartridgeboy says:

    thanks for making me feel better, i freaked out cuz im losing about 60 hairs a day, but now i realize thats good ! i have scalp psoriasis so its always really worryng.

  • Frizzy Quayson says:

    so which specific oil should I use fr my hair.

  • Chicago FD Investigator says:

    When ever i sponge my hair. My mama talkin about if i keep on twisting it it might come off. Im only sponging it. What makes the difference? Can u help why i can't keep twisting or sponging?

  • macey Mann says:

    hi beautiful I love all your videos like I said before I have a question for you my hair just won't grown I'm getting fed up I decided to dread my hair up so it will grow what should I do to make it grow my hair is naturally



  • Tay Blayze says:

    Yea my afro has been shedding hella much from taking alot of vitamins. I have some patches. I stopped taking the vitamins a month ago but hair is still shedding too much, what do I do?? Someone please answer

  • Ad0rekyiiTV says:

    This helped a lot thank you❤️

  • Dayna Aaliyah says:

    Thank you☺

  • Aaron O says:

    Thanks i was worried when i removed my dreads i was shedding

  • Natalie Debatin says:

    For me I notice when I lose hair in shower I have a chunk of hair just hanging there down my butt lol and I can just pull it out and I feel like its a lot I don't know its frustrating cause I found out I have PCOS and some days I lose more hair in shower then other days but I do brush my hair out before I go in shower and wash it

  • Brianna Richards says:

    My afro went from large to small and my hair is just breaking and I'm trying everything to get it back but nothing's working, I just keep losing hair and I'm so upset

  • Winnie Poohs says:

    Thank you for calling me down cause normally this won't happen but my hair is thicker in gonna wash it very soon!:)

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  • Lynn Jennifer Dempster says:

    I brush through my hair with my fingers because I hate it being thick and in knots even after I brush it and I'm getting some bald spots is that losing hair or a hair syndrome? My stress and anxiety is causing me to do that is that caused something?

  • Anna Stanciu says:

    So I have dyed my hair twice first time I had no problem however when I dyed it again alot of hair just keeps on falling out especially when I shower its like one full fist (or more) of hair and even when I run my hand through it I end up with some hair in my hand…

  • Lexi says:

    One VERY important thing to mention: If you have any question about hair loss, get bloodwork done. A low functioning thyroid causes hair loss.

  • Miguel Hernandez says:

    Long hair hair beautiful smile.

  • a s h l e y m o o n msp says:

    I shed about 10 strands of hair sometimes im like 10 and i have that im worried 0.0

  • Marcella Ferguson says:

    Very helpful thank you X

  • Heaven Leen says:

    i loss hair, itchy scalp, needle prick sensation in my scalp. i have no dandruff, no flakes but i have scalp redness and soar. i just waiting for all my hair to remove in my scalp because doctor cannot do anything….

  • Shelly Point says:

    My hair use to have thick hair I have shadder hair in the back of my head is it namal

  • Sertave says:

    u are so pretty and calming tysm

  • sherry llfreeman says:

    hi how do I know what meds are interfering whit my hair falling out, and how can I tell if my hair is shadding or falling out, I have no thinning.?

  • SpudDboy 7 says:

    I’m 18 and I’m getting old 😭😭😭

  • Anissha Blackwell says:

    Thank you for the hair tips.

  • Beautifully Poetic says:

    Thank you so much I just took down my sew in the other day that I had in for about almost 2 months, and felt worried. I have very very thick hair. My hair isn’t thinning or balding so thank you again❤️

  • Georgeeno _28 says:

    Ok Im a male but Im wondering how much pieces of hair we have

  • 30katm says:

    I combed my knots out and hair is shedding. That never happened to me. And am trying to grow out my hair out.

  • EvoEvan Nismo says:

    I really did learn something about this. I really did because I thought that I was losing hair for no reason but a lot of the time my hair sheds a good amount. My hair is naturally curly so it can be disgusting to see hair coming out especially if I didn't do my hair for a while. Ugh gross but hey that's part of life right?☺️☺️☺️🙂🙂🙂

  • Nofes says:

    I'm leaving now I got a afro and my hair is straight but that's normal

  • That Boy says:

    im polynesian so i got thick hair. i braided my hair and took it out 10 days later. thats a thousand plus hair strands. now i feel like my hair is thin when i put it in a pony tail. is that normal?

  • ღQuEeN LoRaHYAHღ says:

    you are bae queen~ thanks so much for this!

  • It's ivana B says:

    If you leave crochets in for 2 months so basically I’m shedding 2 months worth of hair

  • Tara B says:

    Is this for perm hair or you don't talk about perm hair I twist my hair up and pin and put on do rag when I comb I get maybe 20 strands then maybe week or two the end of hair will come out small knot like is this normal or should I wrap

  • Chantel Barrett says:

    Time every time I cut my hair lots of hair coming out should I do

  • Angel Marshall says:

    I wear wigs and my hair shed

  • Ybn Qu says:


  • 。。あき says:

    I just saw a chunk of my hair few out,it’s not really like a huge chunk,just thicker than 1-2 piece of my hair that usually falls out.Should I be worried?

  • EEagleTM says:

    Im a male and had cornrows on for nearly 2 weeks but when i untied them i felt like i was going to lose alot of hair but thanks to this video im more informed

  • Joshua XOXO says:

    You calmed me down I was so scared thank you😪😪

  • AME NAOMI\ says:

    i am transitioning i don't have missing sections of hair , but i lose a good amount of hair when i comb it out . They are mostly long and when i look on some of the ends i can see a tiny white section which proves that its coming mostly from the roots but it comes from the ends sometimes too ….anyone got any tips ?

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