How Many Hairs do you Lose per Day?

A popular statistic on the internet is that it is normal to lose over 100 hairs per day. Some even suggest that men and women both shed up to 150 scalp hairs per day. I think that these numbers are excessive for most people who do not suffer from male or female pattern hair loss.

The AAD says that normal hair loss is between 50-100 hairs per day based on a regular cycle. Anything beyond that is excessive shedding and considered telogen effluvium. Such hair loss is usually stress, sickness or fad diet related, and temporary in nature.

Scalp massage and wash hair loss.Before I started taking Dutasteride, it was normal for me to see over 150 hairs every day just on my bathtub floor and drain after showering. Even more would be visible on my pillowcase, hair brush after combing, towel and more. In my teenage years, I lost very little hair (less than 20 per day) even if I strongly pulled on each follicle. I also washed and shampooed my hair far less often in my younger days. It was naturally cleaner, manageable and dandruff free.

Please closely read all the options in the below poll before voting.

Poll: How Many Hairs do you Shed Every Day?

Since the poll was slowing down this site, I ended it early. Final results are shown below based on a total of 250 votes:

Hair loss per day poll results.
How many hairs do you lose each day?

Updates from the 27th ISHRS World Congress

Update: Dr. John Cole is organizing his own conference in Thailand as soon as the ISHRS conference ends.

ISHRS 2019

I have been covering the annual International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) congress since 2013. It is the most important conference in the hair loss world in my opinion.

The latest 27th edition is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand starting today. It runs from November 13, 2019 — November 17, 2019. I will update this page with the main developments as they occur.

Update: The Golden Follicle award went to Dr. Robert True (US).

Update: The Platinum Follicle award went to Ratchathorn Panchaprateep (Thailand).

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