How Much Hair Loss Is Normal for Curly Hair? Understanding Shedding Patterns

WrittenbyLuat Duong
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Curly hair is prone to more tangles, knots, and breakage than straight hair textures. But at what point does normal shedding cross over into excessive hair loss for curly locks?

How Much Hair Loss is Normal for Curly Hair?

It's normal to lose 50-100 strands of curly hair per day. Losing more than 100-150 hairs daily or noticing thinning patches may indicate excessive shedding.

Key Points

  • 50-100 hairs - Common daily loss range for curly hair.
  • 100-150 hairs - Upper threshold of normal for curls.
  • Over 150 hairs - Excessive shedding is likely occurring.
  • Visible thinning patches - Another sign of abnormal hair loss.
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Why is Hair Loss More Common with Curly Hair?

Several factors make curly hair more prone to shedding and thinning:

  • Fragile texture from less cuticle overlap.
  • Prone to snapping and breakage during detangling.
  • Knots and tangles lead to pulled out hair.
  • Lack of moisture and protein balance.
  • Damage from heat styling without caution.

Tips to Minimize Hair Loss with Curly Hair

To help reduce excessive shedding of curly hair:

  • Detangle gently with lots of conditioner.
  • Avoid tight hairstyles that pull on hair.
  • Use microfiber towels and pillowcases.
  • Trim regularly to remove split ends.
  • Deep condition weekly to add moisture.
  • Take breaks from heat styling.
  • Shampoo less frequently.
  • Get regular trims.

When is Hair Loss Not Normal with Curly Hair?

Consult a dermatologist if you notice:

  • Sudden increase in hair falling out
  • Losing more than 150-200 hairs per day
  • Visible thinning or bald patches
  • Hair loss along with scalp itching or pain
  • Breakage but no new hair regrowing

This can signify an underlying health condition requiring treatment.

Common Causes of Excessive Curly Hair Loss

Reasons for increased shedding in curly hair include:

  • Stress
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Hormonal changes
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Scalp disorders
  • Medications
  • Harsh haircare routines

Seeing a dermatologist can help diagnose the cause.

When to See a Dermatologist

Consult a dermatologist if excessive shedding lasts over 6 weeks or you notice:

  • Sudden hair loss
  • Patchy bald spots
  • Hair falling out in clumps
  • Scalp bumps, redness, or tingling
  • Hair not regrowing

A dermatologist can determine if an underlying condition is causing abnormal hair loss.

The Bottom Line

Losing 50-100 hairs daily is normal for curly hair. But shedding over 150 hairs daily, visible thinning, or other symptoms indicates excessive hair loss. Seek medical advice to identify the cause and get proper treatment.

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Luat Duong

Luat Duong is a Copenhagen-based writer and content strategist specializing in hair loss and health. His work has been featured in MyHealthGuide, The Right Hairstyles, and Woman's Era. He is a graduate of Vaasa University. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.