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Hair Falling Out in Shower

Puja Lalwani
Don't you want to scream when you rub your hand over your hair in the shower and find a million strands in your hand? It is definitely a scary sight to say the least. What contributes to this problem? Let's understand why you may be finding a lot of your hair falling out in the shower.
Our hair is our crowning glory, and when this crowning glory starts losing its shine and begins to shed, it is a real cause for worry. Obviously, there are a lot of factors that affect hair fall and hair loss, and sometimes, it is when taking a shower that we notice the maximum hair fall. It seems like every time you touch your hair, you find clumps of it falling out. What do you do in such a case? Why is this happening? There are a lot of reasons for this, which we have discussed here.

Why Does Your Hair Fall Out in the Shower?

When your scalp is stimulated by a massage, it is likely to start shedding the hair strands that are weak or dead. This may not mean you are suffering from some abnormal problem. However, if you think the hair loss is beyond normal (100 hair strands a day), then it may be one of the following reasons that are contributing to you excessive hair fall.

The Telogen Phase of Hair Fall

The hair goes through three stages of growth, anagen (the growth phase), catagen (the resting phase), and telogen (the shedding phase). It is in this phase that hair falls a lot and it seems like you are shedding. The texture of the hair is fine and not weak. It is normal for this to last for about three months, and you may find greater instances in the shower because your attention is focused on your hair at that time. In reality, this could occur anywhere.


Stress has some serious physical ramifications on the body, and one of them is hair fall. A change in the hormonal activity is triggered by high stress levels, and it is this that may cause hair fall.
Of course, hair experts suggest that hair fall due to stress is a very rare instance, as the body or mind has to be under continuous stress for long periods of time, but sometimes we don't realize how stressed out we are, and then notice our hair falling out in clumps, which in turn causes much more stress.
The best way to combat this is to practice some relaxation techniques so that our mind and body is soothed.


Dandruff is one of the prime reasons of hair fall. The collection of dandruff flakes on the scalp results in weakening of the hair root. When you wash your hair, it is likely that you will lose a lot of it due to this problem. Also, the use of heavily medicated shampoos to treat dandruff may add to the problem of hair fall. Even then, getting rid of the dandruff may help reduce the problem of hair loss. Try to use natural remedies that will help eliminate dandruff and strengthen the hair root too.

Diet Low in Iron

Those of you who have low iron levels or suffer from anemia are likely to suffer from this problem of hair fall. Again, it is more pronounced in the shower as you massage your scalp and find all the dead and weak hair falling out. Women are more prone to this problem due to menstruation where heavy bleeding may result in low iron levels. Further, a diet devoid of this nutrient can definitely cause a problem. You should visit a doctor if you think this may be the problem to get yourself tested and be prescribed appropriate medication.

Use of Chemically Loaded Hair Products

You watch an ad that promises glowing, thick, gorgeous hair, and you must have the product. However, these products do not suit all hair types, and may have a negative effect on you considering the fact that you are losing so much hair. For instance, herbal shampoos do not agree with some people's hair leading it to become weak and then fall. Start using mild shampoos and again, resort to natural remedies to treat your hair. These help the hair grow stronger and bring about a lasting change.
When the hair loss just seems to be getting worse, it is important that you visit a doctor and find out the exact problem. It may be a lack of a nutrient, or even a health problem such as thyroid that may be causing it. In such a case, you will require medication to treat the problem thoroughly. Be gentle with your hair, treat it nicely, and there will be absolutely no reason for it to misbehave with you.
Disclaimer: This story is for informational purposes only, and does not attempt to replace the diagnosis and treatment of an expert.