Hair shedding at The MW Clinic London
  • Human hair shedding is a natural and normal process in which hair strands fall out from the scalp, making room for new hair growth. On average, people lose between 50 and 100 hair strands per day, which may vary depending on age, gender, hair type, and other factors.
  • Hair shedding is a part of the hair growth cycle, which consists of three phases: the anagen phase (growth phase), the catagen phase (transition phase), and the telogen phase (resting phase). During the telogen phase, the hair follicle shrinks, and the hair eventually falls out.
  • There are many factors which can upset the hair cycle and cause more hair to shed than normal, a condition called telogen effluvium. Examples of possible triggers include hormonal changes, certain medications, underlying medical conditions, major surgery, infections such as COVID, stress and significant weight loss.
  • Excessive hair shedding may also be a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders, or nutritional deficiencies. If you are experiencing excessive hair shedding, it is important to consult a healthcare provider to rule out any underlying medical issues.
  • In most cases, hair shedding is a normal and natural process and does not require any specific treatment. However, maintaining a healthy diet, managing stress, and avoiding harsh hair treatments can help to minimize hair shedding and promote healthy hair growth.
  • To book a consultation with our expert dermatologist and trichologist, Dr Sharon Wong, please contact us here or book a consultation online here.