Hair Breakage vs Hair Loss: Understanding the Difference

Hair Breakage vs Hair Loss: Understanding the Difference

While it is normal (and healthy!) to lose 50-100 strands of hair per day, it can still be concerning to see any amount of hair fall out. 

Whether you feel like your ponytail is getting thinner or you’re seeing more strands coming out on your hair brush, understanding if you are experiencing hair loss or hair breakage will help guide you to the most effective solution. 

Defining: Hair Loss

Hair loss is when the strand falls out at the root. This tends to happen in clumps. One way to find out if it’s hair loss is by doing a pull test. If you gently pull on 40 stands and over a dozen come out, you might be experiencing hair loss. 

Taking a closer look at the hair that you are shedding can also help determine if it’s hair loss. Typically, these strands are longer and will include the hair bulb—the foundational part of hair that is attached to the scalp. These strands tend to be thin and you might notice a gradual decrease in the overall volume of your hair.

Some causes of hair loss include genetics, hormonal changes, medication or supplements, diet, and psychological or physical stress. 

Defining: Hair Breakage

Hair breakage occurs when the strands are weak. This results in varying lengths of strands with the ends having a kinked, irregular appearance. You might also see an increase of split ends and frizz. 

If you are experiencing hair breakage, you might see that hair typically falls out when brushing, combing or styling. These strands of hair tend to be shorter and more brittle than normal healthy hair. 

Hair breakage is mostly caused by harsh styling and excess use of heat tools without protective sprays or oils. Even too much brushing can be a cause of hair breakage. 

Remember that your hair is extremely weak when it is wet. After you wash your hair, apply a detangling or conditioning product to help avoid brushing harshly. Even going to bed with wet hair can increase the chances of hair breakage.

Hair Loss vs. Hair Breakage

 

Looking at Potential Solutions

Hair breakage can be solved by minimizing the use of damaging heat tools and chemical treatments or adding strengthening hair products to your daily routine. 

Other simple and low-to-no-cost changes can help too! Brushing gently and being mindful of your hair when it’s wet can be a step in the right direction for healthy hair. Try swapping out your towel with a microfiber towel—or even a 100% cotton t-shirt. Protect your hair cuticles and minimize frizz by air-drying after gently towel-drying.

Hair loss usually requires a doctor's examination to pin-point the exact cause. Sometimes a change in diet or break from stress will solve it. Reflecting on recent lifestyle changes or events will help narrow down the causes. For example, many women experience postpartum or menopausal hair loss. Other reasons for hair loss include weight loss/gain or overall change in diet. These types of hair loss require different methods when it comes to solutions. 

Regardless of cause, you can also look to products like the Revela Hair Revival Serum to kickstart your hair thickness.

Still Unsure?

While seemingly straightforward, hair loss can actually be a difficult issue to diagnose. If you are concerned that you may be experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, visit your medical provider. Ask your dermatologist for a trichoscopy—a higher-level examination of your hair follicles. Blood tests can also provide insight on vitamin, mineral, and hormone levels. 

Overall, working with a doctor to determine if you are experiencing hair loss or breakage will be the foundation of a targeted treatment plan to find an effective solution.

The Revela Hair Revival Serum is launching in November 2021.