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How many hairs do I lose a day?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

On an average, you lose 50 to 200 hairs a day. Any guess as to when we have the most hair follicles? Age 18, you say? Bzzzz, try again. It's when we're in week 22 as a fetus; that's the largest number we'll ever have, since we don't generate new follicles as we age.

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The average person loses an average of 50 to 100 hairs from the head every day. You have about 100,000 scalp hairs that follow a predictable cycle of growing (anagen phase), stopping growth (catagen phase) and resting (telogen phase). It is when hairs are in a resting phase that they eventually fall out. At any one time, about 90 percent of your scalp hairs are in a growing stage.

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