Friday, June 16, 2006

The question of the century

One of life's mysteries is how women still have hair. Hear me out:

When I take a shower, I am constantly amazed at how much hair ends up on my hand while putting conditioner on. See, I run my fingers through my locks to make sure it all gets moisturized and well, it seems like half my hair falls out during this process. When I was young, I would stay in the shower until I thought I had gotten all the dead hair. This could take awhile and quite frankly, I just don't have that kind of time anymore. I know technically all of your hair is dead but for description purposes I am going to refer to "dead" hair as the ones that fall out.

It's not just in the shower. I have hair ALL over the bathroom floor. Anyone know of a handy hair broom that I could use everyday after getting ready? Maybe some kind of Dirt Devil made specifically for dead hairs that have fallen out onto your bathroom floor? I find hair on my pillow when I wake up. Sometimes when I pick Sadie up from the floor, she even has one of my dead hairs in between her chubby little fingers. And I think every woman has had another woman pull a dead hair off our back or have had a dead one on the front of our shirt pointed out to us. Am I right?

So my question is, how do we still have hair? I know our hair is always growing. I deal with those pesky fly aways caused by new growth but how does it keep up with the ones that fall out? It doesn't seem like my hair can grow fast enough to make up for millions of dead ones I lose everyday!

Anyone know?


Lexia said...

Maybe you're having a hormonal imbalance issue or a thyroid problem. Loosing lots of hair is a sign of either of those.

Side note, that's exactly what my mom would tell me if I told her I was loosing hair.

Anonymous said...

WELLLLLLL, you did juust have a baby and that is a considerable hormoneal change. Sara would know, ask her. MOM SNOW
DRAT!!!!Cant remember my stupid pasdswords or usernames. Aging SUCKS!!!

Sara said...

I read once that blondes have more hair and lose 200-300 hairs a day. Brunettes have less hair and lose 100-200 hairs a day. (I can't remember about redheads.)

Crazy, huh? How DO we still have hair at the end of the week?

Suzi said...

I thought I would look it up, since I don't know. And I DO know what you are talking about in terms of hair everywhere.

I pull it out washing my hair. It gets in my brush. It comes out with my barettes. It's in my socks in the washing machine. My husband finds it on his side of the bed. (And rarely in his undies.) My famiy laughs about it.

But I think the fact that we ladies tend to have longer hair is the reason ours is so noticable. If you have short hair, it's not as easy to see. So my 14 inch long hair in red is a lot more visible than my husband's quarter inch long hair in brown or blond.

There's my facts and my theory. Here's what the "experts" say:

We each have about 100,000 hairs on the scalp.
You need to lose about 50% of your hair before hair loss becomes noticeable.
It is normal to lose 50-100 hairs from the head each day.
Scalp hair grows at a rate of about 1 cm (just under 1/2 inch) a month.
Each hair on the head grows for about 4-7 years before being shed.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Suzi! Yours is the first explanation that has ever made sense to me! Wow! I feel so much better now.