A great looking head of hair is everyone’s dream.

We all lose hair at one point, however how do you know if you are just shedding hair or experiencing hair loss. Find out below.

What is hair shedding?

The American Academy of Dermatology says hair shedding is normal and often stops on its own.


Some of the common symptoms of hair shedding include shedding between 50 and 100 hairs a day.

Excessive hair shedding is when you shed significantly more hairs a day and this condition is called telogen effluvium.

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Some of the causes of excessive hair shedding listed on aad.org are lots of stress, giving birth, high fever, losing 10kg or more, stop taking birth control pills and recovering from an illness. Constantly being under a lot of stress can lead to long term excessive hair shedding.

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What is hair loss?

Hair loss is caused by something that stops the hair from growing – this condition is called anagen effluvium.


According to webmd.com, signs of hair loss may include hair thinning, excessive shedding of hair, complete loss of body hair and incomplete hair loss on scalp and/or eyebrows.


Some of the causes include hereditary hair loss, harsh hair products, medicines, hair styles that pull the hair and when the immune system overreacts.

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How to find out if you have hair shedding or hair loss

The ‘pull test’

A pull test helps you determine if you are losing too much hair. According to healthline.com, you can perform this test at home to find out if you are experiencing hair loss or hair shedding.

Run your fingers through a small area of clean, dry hair and tug gently once you get to the ends of your hair strands. Having more than two or three hairs left in your hand after each tug is a sign you may be experiencing anagen or telogen effluvium. You should not have more than 10 hairs per 100 strands coming out.

Watch the video below for simple tips to stop hair shedding and hair loss.

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