Why is my hair falling out in the shower?

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Are you noticing large amounts of hair falling out in the shower? Are you worried about the amount of hair you are currently shedding? You’re not alone; most people are concerned about this. On the other hand, if you think that your hair isn’t getting any thinner, then there probably isn’t a problem.

If you have long hair, or are in the process of growing your hair out, then you have probably noticed that you’re shedding a significant amount of hair. Back when I had a buzz-cut I didn’t notice it at all, but now it seems like my hair ends up everywhere. On my bed, on the bathroom floor, and especially in the shower. Also you might want to consider getting one of these shower drain hair traps to prevent your shower drain from plugging up.

So why does it seem like my hair is falling out in large clumps when I’m in the shower? Most people shed around a hundred strands of hair per day. When you’re in the shower and your hair is wet, hair follicles become weaker, thus making them more prone to damage and falling out. Most of the hair that falls out in the shower has already been detached, and is just waiting to fall out. To prevent unnecessary hair loss, you should always be gentle when washing your hair and scalp. On another note, this is also why you should be gentle when drying and combing your hair. Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel, and avoid combing or brushing after a shower when your hair is wet. Also you might want to think about getting a wide tooth comb, it’s a lot easier and safer to use for your hair.



  1. As hair gets longer you will see a slightly larger mass of shed hair in the shower, because each hair strand would take up more space if 12 inches long as opposed to being only 2 inches long. I never brush or comb wet hair as it is very fragile when wet. Just lightly dabbed it with a tower instead. I always use a plug sieve to catch hair before it goes down the drain and cause blockages in the pipes. Finer hair as opposed to medium or coarse density hair is very fragile indeed so extra care is needed.

  2. I wouldn’t say most people loss 100’s of hairs a day, Often it is usually between 30-100 per day. In my own case I would say a lot less then 50 a day.

    • Hey Duncan! I changed it to around 100 strands per day, not hundreds. I guess I would probably say that I’m closer to that 100 per day figure. I also use a shower drain trap, I’ve already had a few plug-ups in my drain and I can say that it was NOT a fun experience!

  3. So how do you handle a drain plug up from your hair int he shower? My personal experience is whatever gets past my drain catcher, gets caught on the fixture where there used to be a built in plug. I had that, I had to get a fork and dig the mass of hair! Gag!

    • Yeah it’s totally gross when it happens. Before I got a shower drain hair trap, my roommate would use one of those drain “snakes” or sometimes even a plunger would do the trick.

  4. My hair stopped falling out after the change of diet, because I had problem with my health. I stopped eating animal and all rafined products and the change was very fast 😉

    • Jack, I agree diet has a big affect on the health of your hair.

  5. That’s all very well, but ”exercising helps you keep your hair healthy?” I don’t think so. I can think of a thousand athletes, who even though take care of themselves and exercise every day, have actually thin hair. Some of them are even, to say the word, bald!
    I think healthy food is the most important thing here. The things we put into our bodies!

  6. I have used NuhairRX Serum for about 6 years. At one time, I had a huge bald spot in the top of my head created by too many chemicals in my hair. Once I started using NuhairRX Serum, my hair started growing back. This is something that I will probably have to use forever, however, it is has become part of my daily routine…When I wash up in the morning, I use it. Before I go to bed at night, I use it. No hassle at all.

  7. Hair loss that is genetic is known as androgenetic alopecia and, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, is the most common cause of hair loss. The gene can be inherited from either your mother s or father s side of the family, though you re more likely to have it if both of your parents had hair loss.

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