Hey Dr. Rassman..My question might be a little stupid but I’m hoping you could help me out.. I’ve been on propecia for about 2 1/2 yrs now (I’m 26 yrs old).. During most of that time I shaved my head.. I grew my hair out recently and it came back very wavy. Since then I’ve noticed a large amount of hair shedding.. However the shedding is limited to only when I shower. Between washing my hair (40-50), towel drying it (10-12), and combing it (15), I see almost 80 hairs a day.. After that I put in alot of hair spray and gel and dont see a single hair fall out. Not on my pillow, not on my desk.. nothing.. Is the large number of hairs I’m seeing in the shower ones that just couldn’t come out randomly during the day? My hair is still fairly thick so I wasnt sure if they get caught in my wavy hair..
thanks for the help..
It is normal to lose about 100 to 200 hairs a day. You may also benefit from following up with a doctor who can map your scalp hair for miniaturization to keep a quantitative record of your hair loss pattern as you continue your Propecia. With your hair short for many years, the hair loss you are now experiencing may have been happening with the short hairs such that you never noticed the fallout. The rougher you are with your longer hair, the more hair you may experience. Be gentle with the hair washing as hair that is miniaturized (impacted by genetic balding) is more far more fragile than thinning hair.
With regard to the change in hair character from straight to wavy, it is not unusual for hair character to change as we get older or as genetic balding starts to kick in. Stay on the Propecia.