• May 19, 2023
  • Crown Clinic

Last updated on July 27, 2023

Many people are concerned about the amount of hair they lose while showering. It is normal to lose hair every day, but how much is too much? In this blog, we will discuss what is considered normal hair loss in the shower and when you should be concerned.

What Causes Hair Loss in the Shower?

Hair loss in the shower can occur due to several factors, including genetics, hormonal changes, stress, medication, damaged hair follicles, and underlying medical conditions such as thyroid problems, alopecia, or lupus.

Normal hair loss in the shower

On average, a person can lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair per day. When you shower, you may notice an increase in hair shedding, as wet hair is more prone to breakage. Losing 150 hairs or less while showering is considered normal. However, if you notice an excessive amount of hair loss in the shower, it may be a sign of an underlying issue.

When to be Concerned

If you notice an increase in hair loss while showering, it may be a sign to investigate further. Here are some signs that you should consult a doctor:

  • Losing more than 150 hairs per day
  • Clumps of hair fell out while showering.
  • Rapid hair thinning or bald patches
  • Scalp pain or itching
  • Changes in hair texture or colour

How to Prevent Hair Loss in the Shower

While it is impossible to completely prevent hair loss, there are several things you can do to minimise it. Here are some tips:

  • Use a gentle shampoo. Harsh shampoos can damage hair, causing it to fall out. Choose a gentle shampoo that is free of sulphates and parabens.
  • Avoid hot water: Hot water can strip the scalp of its natural oils, causing a dry scalp and brittle hair prone to breakage. Use lukewarm water instead.
  • Massage the scalp: Massaging the scalp can improve blood flow, which promotes hair growth.
  • Gently brush or comb hair before showering to remove any knots and tangles.
  • Use a wide-tooth comb: A wide-tooth comb can help prevent hair breakage while combing wet hair.
  • Limit hair products: Using too many hair products can weigh down the hair, causing it to break and fall out. Limit your use of hair products, or use only natural ones.
  • Maintain a healthy diet: A healthy diet can promote healthy hair growth. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and protein.

Losing hair in the shower is a natural part of the hair growth cycle. However, if you notice more hair fall than normal, it may be a sign of an underlying issue. Consult a doctor if you experience any signs of hair loss. Follow the tips above to minimise hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.

Book an appointment at  Crown Clinic for expert advice, or call us directly if you have any questions.

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How can Crown Clinic help you?

At Crown Clinic, we specialise in several hair restoration treatments and techniques. Our doctors have more than 20 years of experience in cosmetic surgery. We are committed to putting the safety and well-being of our patients first when recommending procedures that will be beneficial.

We also aim to keep our pricing and advice reasonable in a competitive and ever-changing market.

Book an appointment at  Crown Clinic for expert advice, or call us directly if you have any questions.

Our Doctors

Dr. Tony Prochazka Dr Tony Prochazka

MBBS, FFMACCS, or Cosmetic Doctor

Dr Tony Prochazka has over 20 years of experience with various hair restoration techniques, scalp micropigmentation treatments being one of them.

Dr Prochazka was also the inaugural dean of the faculty of medicine at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and a former vice president of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia.

Dr Raphael DworkinDr Raphael Dworkin

MBBS, BSc (Hons), ACEM

Dr Raphael Dworkin graduated and trained at some of the most prestigious hospitals in London.

Dr Dworkin also works as a senior critical care doctor at a top Sydney hospital. He has extensive knowledge and experience in several restorative hair techniques.

How to schedule a consultation

To schedule a consultation at our Melbourne clinic, please contact us at 02 9134 4788 or book online via our website.

Should you require more information before making an appointment, please use our live chat available on our website. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have.

Our Melbourne location

Level 1, 9 Claremont St.
South Yarra, VIC 3141

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is it normal to lose a lot of hair in the shower?

It is normal to lose some hair in the shower as part of the natural hair growth cycle. However, the amount of hair loss can vary from person to person and may also depend on various factors such as hair type, age, and overall health.

How much hair loss in the shower is concerning?

The amount of hair loss in the shower that is concerning may vary for different individuals. On average, losing around 50 to 100 hairs a day is considered normal.

However, if you notice excessive hair loss in the shower or other signs of hair thinning, it may be best to consult a doctor or a dermatologist.

How do you know if your hair shedding is excessive?

Excessive hair shedding can be identified by noticing an increase in the amount of hair that falls out in the shower or when brushing or styling the hair.

Other signs may include thinning hair, a widening part, or a decrease in hair density.

Is it OK to lose 30 hairs in the shower?

Losing around 30 hairs in the shower may not necessarily be a cause for concern. As mentioned earlier, the amount of hair loss can vary from person to person, and some hair shedding is a normal part of the hair growth cycle.

However, if you notice an increase in hair loss or other signs of hair thinning, it may be best to consult a doctor or a dermatologist to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

How do I reduce hair shedding?

Reducing hair shedding is possible with some simple steps. Start by washing your hair two to three times a week with a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Use a wide-tooth comb or brush to detangle your hair and avoid tugging or pulling.

Trim your split ends regularly and avoid over-styling your hair with heat or chemical treatments.

Eat a balanced diet rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats to promote healthy hair growth. Finally, consider using natural oils like coconut or jojoba oil to nourish your scalp and hair.

This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.


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