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Ask NJoy - Increased shedding. Is it normal?

18th Apr 2020

I know. I know. At the end of your wash day session or after spending time in your hair, you ball up that hair and sometimes it looks HUGE! You start wondering whether your hair is falling out or if you have breakage or if your scalp is allergic to what you're using. Stop and breathe. Before you panic, let's look at some reasons for that big ol' ball of hair.

  1. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, it's normal to lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair per day. For people with longer or thicker hair strands, can expect that ball to look like a lot of hair - because it is. But that doesn't necessarily mean more strands. The same number of strands compared to someone with shorter or thinner hair is going to look like more. So, as your hair grows, the size of your normal ball may grow as well.
  2. When you first start to accelerate your hair growth rate, you may experience a temporary increase in shedding. This is normal. Why? Because speeding up your hair's normal growth rate causes the hairs that are ready to shed to be joined by hairs that were going to shed next. This will last for a short period as your hair adjusts. (Click here to review hair growth cycles in Understanding Hair Growth Basics)
  3. Medications and medical conditions may be a factor in hair loss. Medications for cancer, arthritis, depression and heart problems are culprits. Thyroid problems and hormonal changes due to pregnancy or menopause along with any undiagnosed health issue such as lupus, autoimmune issues and low iron. If medication or health issues are suspected, check with your doctor for assistance.
  4. Follicular injury. Severe tension styling, such as improperly installed braids, weaves, lacefront wigs, and tightly securing ponytails and buns, can injure or weaken your follicles to the point that the damage can become permanent. To help heal injured follicles and strengthen weakened or dying follicles, check out RejuvenX Max Formula Hair Regrowth Serum.
  5. Growth Spurt!! Become a student of your hair. I've personally found that an increase in shedding usually precedes a big growth spurt. Note any suspected increase in shedding in your online hair journal so that you can begin to spot trends in your hair growth.

So, as you can see, increased hair shedding may or may not indicate a problem. But, being a part of this 90-day Super Hair Growth Challenge, where we take actions to increase our hair growth rate by incorporating NJoy's Long & Healthy Hair Growth Oil or Pomade, you may see a temporary increase in shedding. This should not last more than a few days. Don't worry. It's normal and confirmation that you have increased your hair's growth rate!

Congrats! Now let's grow some hair! ~ NJoy