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Why is my hair shedding so much?


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SydniAp

over 1 year ago

My hair usally sheds just a little. So i brought this Herbal Essences Honey I'm strong Strengthening shampoo&conditioner and my hair is shedding constanly. I cant figure out why so I really need some help. 
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    ManeAngels
    over 1 year ago
    It's normal for a person to shed 50-100 hairs per day. Many factors can contribute to hair shedding - improper diet, excessive weight loss, stress, medications, etc. If you are shedding more than 100 hairs per day, consult a physician.
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    LaurenVictoria
    over 1 year ago

    I think it's interesting that your hair seems to be shedding more after you started using a strengthening shampoo. I actually had the same issue, but with a different brand-- Garnier Fructis Fall Fight. I don't have an answer to this question but rather just wanted to mention that I had the same issue. Since I switched to a different shampoo, the shedding seems to have gone back to my "normal" amount..

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    MsMyoho
    over 1 year ago

    I had the same problem with my hair shedding.  Things started to improve once I started using sulfate-free shampoos.  I switched from that to WEN, and started taking hair vitamins (Biotin). Now, my hair is strong, and fall-outs few.. I know WEN is very expensive, but it gets the job done. But if you're not interested in going that route, then, a sulfate-free shampoo will definitly help.

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    Kmw2505
    over 1 year ago
    I would love to know the answer to that question!!! During a single shower I can pull about 30-40 strands from my head. That doesn't count the constant fall out I have through out the day. My hair is color processed & I only get it done like once a year, that also includes getting a trim. My hair is really long, I'm talking around 4 ft long, it goes past my butt!! I always thought I had bad fall out cuz of the fact that I don't get it trimmed often & cuz since its so long it tangles really easy. Any insight into this problem would be a great help. At the rate I'm loosing hair now I'm scared I'm gonna be bald by the time I'm 40. And that's not to far away for me!!! Lol
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    sarahk17
    over 1 year ago
    Definitely try a sulfate free shampoo, Sally's beauty supply sells a WEN dupe (it has all the same ingredients as WEN) its called hair one and a lot cheaper then WEN!
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    tmaxamom
    over 1 year ago

    I wish I could say I was only losing 30-40 hairs at a time. I lose so much I'm afraid to look in the mirror after I towel dry my hair. I've been taking biotin for about four months and using Keratin shampoo and conditioner with no results. I too wish I knew what was happening. I know I can't continue losing like this for much longer. Please help.

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    Angel2207
    over 1 year ago
    It's definitely the sulfates used in cheap commercial shampoos stay away from those like the plague!! In Australia there are many organic brands which are really cheap and my fave is sukin.
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    dlpollard8
    over 1 year ago
    As a Cosmetologist and Nutritionist, changing to store brand can cause more loss of hair. Nutrition has a lot to do with it. If you like to know what products and supplements to get, please feel free to ask. dlpollard8@gmail.com
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    mstreetop
    over 1 year ago

    My hair has fallen out my the handfuls since I was in my 30s. That was after my first child. It did more after each child. I use all kinds of shampoos including Wen. Which in my opinion is no better or worse.  I am in my 50s now and I still have a full head of hair. Stop worrying ladies. It happens but not often.

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    scooter girl
    over 1 year ago

    I think you should try a different shampoo. I was using Tresemme and I had very tangled hair and severe hair loss. I also believe stress is a major factor in hair loss. Since I switched shampoo  and conditioner and changed my diet I have noticed my hair loss is much less. I am also going to try Wen as others have suggested.

    Good luck!

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    Dramtickosey
    over 1 year ago

    I was intrugued by this story. i have long thick hair for being 52 i was vaccuming the otherday lol... doing some spring cleaning the belt broke.. my husbund usually cleans the roller anyway there was enough hair on there for a small wig.lol i just started using aveda invanti and i only use leave in conditioner like carols daughter black vanilla or nick chavez plump and thick i have hair fall out but we shed hair everyday but im not loosing hair or it is not thinning i was wondering if your hair was thinning because of the shredding.. if so you should see a doctor about that you could have a vitamin deficancy.

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    Eroica
    over 1 year ago

    I had the same problem about a year ago. It was a very stressful time, so that was part of the problem, but also I think it was the shampoo. I was using a specialty shampoo that I got at my hair salon, one that promised to "nourish" the hair. But after a few weeks I was shedding everywhere! It got so bad that I had my hair cut short (which I also think gave it a chance to heal). I have since switched shampoos and the problem has completely stopped. Sulfate-free is definitely the way to go. I'm using Shikai moisturizing shampoo, which is available at health food stores and is relatively inexpensive. I also like Phytojoba from Nordstrom's. It's pricey, but I only use a little and I only wash my hair every 4 days. It's also important to use the right shampoo for your hair type. For years, I thought my hair was coarse and curly (well, wavy), but my stylist said my hair is actually fine and dry. When I switched to moisturizing shampoos, my hair got so much healthier and now it looks great.

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    thedave
    over 1 year ago

    Every single hair on your body has three stages: Growth, Shed, Rest. Repeat indefinitely. It's more than normal to lose hair every day becuase new hair is constantly coming back in. You know how your eyelashes fall out? Well, if they never grew back in, you'd have no eyelashes before you turned five, at the rate they fall out. 

    Hair is always growing.

    The average rate is about 100 per day. Of course, if you have long hair, those hundred hairs are going to look like a lot more than 100 short hairs. So if you are growing out your hair, you're not only paying closer attention to all those hairs, but they seem to be getting more numerous. Not that hair loss doesn't happen, but as with any aspect of your own body, keep track of it; you'll most likely realize that it's normal and you won't be bald by your next birthday.

    By all means, switch to a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, but don't bother counting hairs.  

    Personally, I found that my hair grew thicker and faster when I brushed it (gently!!) a lot and didn't wear necklaces often. What's the correlation? The chain catches and breaks hair at the neckline. 

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    1594sf
    over 1 year ago

    Instead of posting all these opinions, why don't they have the experts just tell us.  Annoying.

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    shaelygreene
    over 1 year ago
    I honestly think it has something to do with how long you keep your hair. About 4 days ago I had hair to about the bottom of my breast (so abdominal/chest area) and I cut it off when I went to get my periodical hair cut. Now it's to 2 inches past my shoulder and the shedding is minimalistic.
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    shaelygreene
    over 1 year ago
    I also found that it helps if you don't use heat on your hair. So keep your hair all natural, free of any dead, broken, or split ends, and keep your hair at a decent length and it should stop shedding so much. Also, on the topic of sulfate fortified hair products: I think that has something to do with it too. My hair suddenly got worse when I began using Pantene hair products.
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    ravynsmoon
    over 1 year ago

    I had the same problem and started using the Keranique products. It slowed  down my hair loss , but, as soon as I stopped using their products, my hair started falling out twice as much.  I now use all natural shampoos and conditioners, plus I've added Mira Oil to my hair care program. Now, I barely shed any hair at all.

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    suyeonan2
    over 1 year ago

    I generally shed a lot, but last summer when I went to Honduras for a week, I shed even more. So much that when I ran my hand through my hair, a few pieces would fall out. A friend told me that I shouldn't worry because it meant that my hair was healthy (I was eating and relaxing more on vacation). Since you're using a strengthening shampoo, the shedding is probably good for you.

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    SydniAp
    over 1 year ago

    Awesome thanks you guys for all of the advice, but I just found out that it is the dye that I put in my hair. It has basically ruined my hair and thats whats making it fall out. But with all of your advice I think I can help it grow back out. So thanks again!Laughing

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    PennyLane13
    over 1 year ago

    Too much Vitamin A can lead to hair loss, same with bad digestion. Most people who work on their diet (no white sugar, white flour, processed anything!) exfloiating thscalp helps too

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    joannachristyx
    over 1 year ago
    I would love to know the answer to that question!!! During a single shower I can pull about 30-40 strands from my head. That doesn't count the constant fall out I have through out the day. My hair is color processed & I only get it done like once a year, that also includes getting a trim. My hair is really long, I'm talking around 4 ft long, it goes past my butt!! I always thought I had bad fall out cuz of the fact that I don't get it trimmed often & cuz since its so long it tangles really easy. Any insight into this problem would be a great help. At the rate I'm loosing hair now I'm scared I'm gonna be bald by the time I'm 40. And that's not to far away for me!!! Lol
    by: Kmw2505

    Me too! but my hair is only down to my shoulders and i actually have no split ends whatsoever! but i'm only 19 and i shouldn't even be losing this much hair. :/ I'll probably be bald by the time i'm in my mid-20s it seems :(
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    Tlamb15
    over 1 year ago

    Just FYI, my hair stylist told me that Herbal Essences is really bad for the hair. Something they put in it to make it have the "essence" on the label can, and usually will, cause breakage. 

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    babyphatlorenzo
    about 1 year ago
    mine toooooo!!!!! I know they say it comes with age but mine got so bad over the ears and my forehead/crown area the most. you could have planted corn in those empty rows. It has grown back, one time the hair grows back real straight, then couple months later when it begins to fall, it grew back in again totally poodle curly. my hairdresser couldn't even get it to straighten. LIKE WIRE. it is not easy turning 60, let me tell you. my hair is everywhere, I am going to contact you dlpollard ok>?
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    Alexiskimmy
    about 1 year ago
    I too enjoyed the response from everyone and took notes but another thing you might want to get your thyroid checked. My hair one day started coming out by the hand full and I was beside myself!! I was afraid to wash my hair for what I was going to see each time!! (I thought I was going to be bald!!!!) I talked to my DR and he had blood drawn and I had hypothyroidism and needed to be on medication and I started taking Biotin 5000 and 5mcg of Cytomel (one hour before any food) and I have new growth coming in and my vacuum is looking less like a wig factory, and my bed doesn't look like a beauty salon with hair all over it. Good luck to you!!
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    peggydog
    11 months ago
    Bit of a late response SydniAp (OP) but I felt compelled to write as I have changed to Herbal Essences Bee Strong Honey conditioner and conditioning masque and my split ends and hair breakage appears to have got worse! I just came across this site by googling my problem so was really surprised to see you have experienced the same problem with what sounds like the same product. Did the condition improve when you stopped using it?
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    jackietko
    4 months ago
    Your hair is shedding because strengthening shampoos put protein in your hair if your hair doesn't need protein it causes it to dry become brittle and break i am a cosmetologist and had this happen to me 90 percent of people need moisture in their hair not protein. Most people with relaxed or severly highlighted hair could benefit from protein once a month. NOT EVERY DAY. also cheap walmart shampoo puts a waxy coating on your hair preventing moisture even further from penetrating the hair shaft treat yourself and invest in a product from a salon so you know your getting whats guaranteed in the bottle super cuts has cheap professional shampoos and conditioners
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    jackietko
    4 months ago
    Your hair is shedding because strengthening shampoos put protein in your hair if your hair doesn't need protein it causes it to dry become brittle and break i am a cosmetologist and had this happen to me 90 percent of people need moisture in their hair not protein. Most people with relaxed or severly highlighted hair could benefit from protein once a month. NOT EVERY DAY. also cheap walmart shampoo puts a waxy coating on your hair preventing moisture even further from penetrating the hair shaft treat yourself and invest in a product from a salon so you know your getting whats guaranteed in the bottle super cuts has cheap professional shampoos and conditioners
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    SkepticalofWen
    18 days ago
    I was given a bottle of Wen to try by someone who had bought it &stopped using it as they weren't impressed as they felt that it did not live up to the infomercial claims & they were not impressed with the pricey price tag of the product to continue buying it. I started using the product 4 weeks ago and noticed that my wavy to curly hair did not appear frizzy after washing & air drying it. I also noticed it felt soft and it looked shiny. I liked that it seemingly made my hair colour last longer. I did not follow the useage directions in that I only used 10-12 pumps once for my long hair. Since I only wash my hair once a week, I did not find I was consuming alot of product - as alot of other WEN users complained about on other sites. I noticed hair falling out while washing but I chalked it up to "normal" hairloss that occurs (the 50 -100 strands a day that is considered normal shedding). As I continued using the product I noticed more hair falling out than I was used to normally. I found strands falling down my back on my sweater, the random hair falling out while a was cooking in the kitchen - a BIG NO NO for me for obvious reasons. Again, I didn't associate it to anything other than normal shedding. I loved the way WEN made my wavy /curly hair look & feel so I was one step closer to ordering the product online. The only negative, or so I thought, was that it is an EXPENSIVE investment to just wash my hair. So I jumped online to read "real people" reviews of the product and was SHOCKED to read how many people had hair loss & thinning as a result of using WEN & how no one was able to attribute the hair loss to any medical reasons (adoption of new medication, thyroid issues, blood work coming back with alarming results). I read LOTS of posts & the reported hair loss was real & seemingly inexplicable. The only connection was to the WEN Hair Conditioning cleanser. So I began to worry, panic actually. I was thinking that everyone who complained of hair loss &/or thinning said they loved the way the product made their hair feel so they kept on using it. They were seduced by the soft texture and manageability but were sacrificing their hair by facing thinning, balding & hair loss. I have beautiful hair & work hard to keep it healthy - no way was I going to risk the issues that others faced because I was seduced by the way my hair feels... So I continued reading & google searching: "What ingredients in WEN cause hair loss?" I didn't find anything in particular but after much reading, I found an ingredient listing in a post on a site that is not a fan of chemicals in hair care. On that post, I learned that the product contained: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Wheat, Protein, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 60, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Amodimethicone, Citric Acid, Menthol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum, Limonene. This site was concerned of the presence of Amodimethicone - a silicone present in many conditioners - and they sounded the alarm to avoid the product. This got me to thinking: What are all of those ingredients listed & what are the consequences of using them? Could these ingredients be the cause of the hair loss reported by so many in the WEN products? Many people in my online research/reading indicated that they had a menthol alergy & this ingredient cause a tingly or itchy scalp that they believed contributed to the hair loss. This got me thinking: What are all of those ingredients listed in the WEN product & could something as innocuous as menthol be the hair loss cuplrit? So I started Googling each ingredient to get a better understanding of what the ingredient was, how it is used, what some of the side effects were, etc. What I learned was not surprising in that many posters complained of drying, breaking & thinning hair as well as scalp irritation & hair loss. My Google search yielded interesting reading & it was an enlightening read that made me definitely change my mind. I was NOT going to order WEN & take the risk of losing my hair so I could feed my vanity because my hair felt shiny & soft. The hair feels soft & looks shiny because of the Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcoholcones present in the formulation. In fact, these are the top 3 ingredients listed after water. My reading indicated that these rich, emolient are in fact fatty alcohols present in Hair conditioners (both rinse out and leave in). My hair felt great because of the high concentration of these fatty alcohols. The research indicated "Once rinsed off, some cetyl alcohol is thought to deposit on the surface of hair (i.e cuticle). This will create a feeling of softness (hair may not be soft but feels soft!)." No surprise my hair FELT soft. But like the research indicated "Hair may not be soft but feels soft." Alot of posts indicated breakage, drying & thinning. Look at what the next :natural" ingredients are: Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract. All are astringent & drying to the hair. I can see why the drying & thinning & breakage . Surprised? I WILL NOT ORDER WEN after what my online search yielded. So I URGE & CHALLENGE each potential new user & those that had bad experiences with WEN to look up each of the ingredients & learn about what they can do to their hair & make an INFORMED DECISION before buying this product. Is the seduction of soft shiny hair worth the risk of breakage, thinning or hair loss? Not for me...I also hope that your answer is the same. Good luck to all :-)!
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    Mrz Flores
    6 days ago
    My hair has always shed but it stopped for a long time, I also started buying honey I'm strong shampoo and now im shedding a lot. My hair is growing really fast and I thought it could be the shampoo but I'm really not sure. I'm going to try another shampoo and see if it helps.
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