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Hair Shedding: Why It Can Happen & How You Can Help

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To say this year has been stressful, is an understatement. While stress manifests in many ways, one of the most common is hair shedding. If you’ve noticed more dark brown strands in your brush than usual, you’re not the only one. If fallen strands are causing you to panic, we’re here to help! With a few tweaks to your hair care and styling routine and some advice from a trusted professional, you can make hair shedding a thing of the past. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know to put an end to hair shedding. 

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What causes hair shedding?

Hair shedding can be caused by a number of things, including stress, illness, or a change in diet or lifestyle. Shedding is also a natural part of your mane’s life cycle, known as the telogen phase, which causes most people to lose up to 100 strands per day. While losing more hair than usual is quite alarming, most hair shedding is classified as telogen effluvium, which is temporary hair loss caused by a shock to the system (a.k.a., stress, illness, change in diet, etc.). 

Excessive hair shedding can also be caused by weakened strands leading to breakage. This type of hair shedding is most noticeable when brushing and styling your hair. While the hair lost during telogen effluvium will likely include complete strands of hair with the root bulb intact, hair shedding due to breakage will likely consist of broken pieces of strands. If you’re unsure whether you’re dealing with or what’s causing telogen effluvium, breakage, or a more permanent form of hair loss, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor or a dermatologist that specializes in scalp concerns

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How long does hair shedding last?

How long hair shedding lasts depends on what’s causing it, which your doctor can help you determine. While telogen effluvium can sometimes resolve itself in a few months, it’s always best to schedule an appointment with your doctor to be sure the hair shedding is the result of something more alarming. Hair shedding caused by breakage can also be resolved in a few months—but only after you make some tweaks to your hair care a styling routine. 

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Does hair grow back after shedding?

If your doctor determines your hair loss is temporary, your hair will likely grow back after shedding, although there’s a chance it may not return to its former glory. If your hair shedding is caused by breakage, you don’t have to worry because your hair actually never stopped growing. You just have to work on strengthening your strands to put an end to the breakage. 

How can I stop my hair from shedding so much?

If you’re suffering from telogen effluvium, your doctor will help you come up with the best plan to curb your hair shedding. If you’re dealing with hair shedding due to breakage, there are a couple of tweaks you can make to your hair care and styling routine to help strengthen your hair and make your broken strands a thing of the past. 

First things first, swap out your shampoo and conditioner for a system formulated to fortify weakened strands. The Kérastase Genesis Bain Hydra-Fortifiant Fortifying Shampoo and Fondant Renforcatuer Conditioner For Weakened Hair are formulated to help strengthen your strands and reduce hair fall due to breakage from brushing up to 97 percent. When your strands are looking for a little extra TLC, you can count on the Kérastase Genesis Masque Reconstituant Intense Fortifying Masque. This intensely fortifying hair mask helps to strengthen weak strands to reduce hair fall due to breakage from brushing. 

While a fortifying shampoo, conditioner, and deep conditioner will help to strengthen the mid-lengths and ends of your hair, if you want to grow stronger hair, you have to give some love to your scalp. The Kérastase Genesis Serum Fortifiant Fortifying Serum For Weakened Hair is an essential daily fortifying serum that helps to strengthen your hair and reduce hair fall caused by breakage from brushing. 

Lastly, you’ll have to overhaul your styling routine. Swap out tight styles for low manipulation hairstyles to give your strands a much-needed break. You should also consider taking a break from heat styling but if you just can’t quit your blowouts, invest in a blow dry primer that helps to strengthen weakened strands like Kérastase Genesis Defense Thermique Fortifying Blow-Dry Fluid.

Equipped with these hair care and styling tips, as well as advice from your doctor, you can make hair shedding a thing of the past. 

Looking for more advice about how to deal with hair shedding? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you. 

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