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What is hair shedding vs. hair thinning?

What is hair shedding vs. hair thinning?

Everyone experiences hair shedding. It may be inconvenient at times, but shedding is a completely natural process for your hair experiences. Our hair will always need to shift and make room for the growth of new hair. Shedding can intensify due to a variety of factors such as stress that can result in hormonal imbalances and medication side effects. But usually, when hair sheds, new hair grows back in its place. If you’re noticing more hair than usual accumulating in your brush, you may be wondering; what is the difference between hair shedding and thinning or even hair loss?

While hair shedding is a natural and inevitable process, it can be mistaken for thinning when the process of follicle miniaturization takes place. Follicle miniaturization happens when your hair follicle shrinks with each generation of new hair. As a miniaturizing hair sheds, its successor will be finer and thinner. Luckily, whether you’re experiencing shedding or thinning, your situation is natural.

At Harklinikken we provide effective hair thinning treatments that can help you and usually, the longer a person follows our specialized hair program the longer their hair life cycle becomes.

Below, we’ll explore a few of the traits that differentiate shedding from thinning, as well as a few ways to treat each situation. Before you know it, you’ll be equipped with all the knowledge you need to potentially restore your hair’s natural thickness and beauty.

The stressors in your life
You can gain valuable insights into the status of your hair just by taking note of the stressors in your life. Dramatic weight loss, pregnancy, illness, surgery, new medications, and other physical and emotional stressors may lead to an increase in the amount of hair you are losing because these stressors may cause hormonal shifts/changes. This can cause shedding and can also lead to hair thinning by prompting the miniaturization effect.  

Quantity of daily shedding
It can be normal to lose 50 – 100 hairs a day, but only for some people, especially those with thick hair. This amount of hair can look excessive on your brush or in the shower drain but could fall within the window of normal daily shedding. If you suddenly experience more shedding than you’re used to, or you have any concerns about your amount of shedding, our hair specialists can help identify why your hair is shedding, if it’s cause for concern, or if it’s the hair miniaturization process taking its toll, resulting in actual hair thinning or hair loss. They'll be happy to address your concerns and get you on the track to restore optimal hair growth again!

Harsh hair products
Harsh hair products can be a culprit when it comes to hair thinning. Using products with problematic chemicals can lead to thinning over time as many ingredients can cause damage to the scalp and hair follicles. Switching to cleaner hair care products with powerful plant-based constituents can change the game for your hair and help you recover thickness to achieve the beautiful, lustrous hair you desire – it may be the ultimate hair thinning treatment.

ExtractFollicle miniaturization
When assessed by a hair specialist, you’ll find out whether you are experiencing follicle miniaturization. This process causes follicles to shrink and sit more shallowly on the surface of the scalp. This is the primary indicator that you’re experiencing thinning rather than shedding. Fortunately, we’ve specifically designed products like our hair growth Extract to combat miniaturization and work as a hair thinning treatment. Our products will strengthen the follicles and allow them to produce thick and vibrant hair once again.

If you’re still unsure whether you’re experiencing hair shedding or thinning, don’t hesitate to consult a hair specialist. Start with our 1-minute hair quiz to get specialized tips and tricks for growing a thicker, fuller hair starting today. Our hair specialists are happy to address your concerns and point you in the direction of products to restore your hair and scalp health.

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