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READER QUESTION: I'm losing a lot of hair every time I wash and style. I'm sure it's shedding and I know it's a natural occurrence, but it's more than usual and I don't know what to do. The hair balls are really massive. Please help before I go bald!
CURLYNIKKI'S RESPONSE: You're right. Shedding is an inevitable and natural part of the hair growth cycle and the average person loses 50 hairs a day. On occasion, we all notice an increase (or decrease) in shed hairs, but when the loss begins to unnerve you and cause anxiety, it's time to schedule an appointment with your general practitioner or dermatologist, to rule out possible underlying health concerns. Once you're given a clean bill of health, you can incorporate some of the following to help you save your last nerve.
I hope these tips help! Keep us posted!
Nikki Walton, founder of CurlyNikki.com, is a successful psychotherapist and creator of the most credible online source about natural hair care, maintenance and decoding the psychological ties between black women and their hair. She's the author of the book Better Than Good Hair.