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Hair Shedding vs. Hair Loss:
What is the Difference?


If you’re noticing your hair falling out, it might be hard to discern whether you are dealing with shedding, or hair loss. Each issue generates similar symptoms, yet the terms are used interchangeably. There are a multitude of factors contributing to both hair shedding and hair loss. The many moving parts of these issues make it overwhelming to understand. Worse—it’s easy to feel defeated without adequate resources. Add to that distress a slew of myths and misinformation and many women are ready to throw in the towel. Beautiful hair is in your future. In order to obtain it, we first have to pinpoint whether or not you are dealing with a hair shedding or hair loss issue.


Hair shedding occurs from a variety of reasons as does hair loss. The difference lies in what causes the hair to fall out, when it happens and at what frequency hair falls. Below are illuminations of both issues and their relative causes.


Shedding is something we all deal with—from the most thick, coarse head of hair to those with thin hair. Even our furry friends shed every day! Some days you may feel like there is way too much hair shedding to be considered normal. In reality, normal shedding means losing 50-150 strands every single day. That’s a lot of wayward hairs floating about in the world! What happens when we lose hair in excess?

Causes of Excessive Hair Shedding

Sometimes, extenuating circumstances lead to excessive hair shedding: lifestyle changes, events, seasonal changes and beauty habits. When the body sheds hair excessively, it’s known as Telogen Effluvium, which is defined as:

A condition triggered by a major life event like childbirth, major surgery, medical condition, or extreme emotional, physical stress or trauma. Telogen Effluvium shocks the natural rhythm of the hair growth cycle, ceasing growth and sending follicles into the Telogen Phase, also known as the hair shedding phase.

The result: massive hair fall and thinning about 2-3 months after the initial event. Excessive hair shedding wreaks havoc on our emotional wellbeing. As if the initial event weren’t stressful enough, the added crisis of excessive hair shedding sends women into a state of unrest and even panic. That’s why it’s paramount to remember that excessive hair shedding is often temporary. Once you narrow down the root of the issue, hair growth typically resumes within 3-6 months after the event. In some instances hair shedding lasts longer than 6 months, which is known as Chronic Telogen Effluvium.


Hair loss is commonly misaligned as strictly a men’s issue. However, over 40 million women are currently dealing with hair loss, too. This myth is a detriment to women with valid concerns who are seeking trusted resources and treatment. Fortunately, at Daniel Alain we understand that a woman’s identity is threaded in her hair health and beauty. Thus, we are committed to staying on the leading edge of innovative science, research and solutions.

First of all, there is no one reason for women’s hair loss. Women are too dynamic and important to be diluted to one cause or one solution. Women experience currents of abundance and stress in their lifetime. It’s these seasons that cause hair loss triggers to rise to the surface. With this in mind, how can we clearly define hair loss? Moreover, how can we distinguish between hair loss and shedding?

The single most differentiating factor between hair shedding vs. hair loss is a sustained disruption in the hair growth cycle. While hair shedding is more temporary and isolated to a triggering event, the causes for women’s hair loss widely encompass genetics, stress, dietary changes, autoimmune disorders, and hormonal imbalances.

In its simplest terminology, hair loss is medically defined as “Alopecia.”

Yet due to the variety of triggers causing Alopecia, the last thing we can regard women’s hair loss as is singular. Instead, we start broad and survey the common causes, narrow down the trigger and illuminate the right treatment path. 

Causes Of Women's Hair Loss

One of the most common causes of women’s hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia, commonly referred to as Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL). This hereditary condition affects 40% of women by the time they’re 50, but thinning can begin as early as 12-years-old. FPHL is progressive and over time, the center part thins and widens over the scalp. FPHL can be effectively treated if addressed early.

In addition to FPHL, women's hair loss results from:

  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Permanent Traction Alopecia
  • Trichotillomania ( a disorder where one pulls their own hair out)
  • Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia


Physicians and hair loss specialists can use DNA tests to help determine your genetic predisposition to hair loss. They will also ask you many questions about your health history, family history, stress levels, eating habits, activities or significant life events that may have occurred in the past 3-6 months to help detect what may be the root cause.

Doctors also have unique tests and visual reference guides like the Sinclair Scale for hair shedding or the Ludwig Baldness Scale that will help them identify and evaluate your condition. They will most likely conduct a hair-pull test in which they grasp a small portion of hair and gently pull along the length of the hair shaft to see how many strands come out. Blood work may also be necessary to see any nutritional deficiencies or abnormalities in hormone levels. For example, thyroid issues can be a major culprit of sudden hair loss and once the root cause is identified and medication administered, hair will grow back once the condition is managed.

Oftentimes there is not one single approach to hair loss treatment. A combination of products or solutions may be recommended to help address your hair growth needs.

innovations in prevention & treatment

Hair loss and shedding are complex conditions millions of women face. Targeting the source of your condition takes time, but the future is bright and full of solutions. A holistic approach that incorporates professional medical advice, psychological support and cosmetic solutions can all help to place you on a path to identifying, treating, and coping with hair loss – be it a temporary or long-term condition.

The treatment course for women’s hair shedding and hair loss varies depending on the root of the issue. Hair Shedding is typically short-lived or seasonal. Yet in the throes of hair loss, you may feel helpless to resolve the issue. With over 40% of women impacted by hair loss, remember that you are not alone. More and more solutions are on the horizon as opportunities come forth each day to exchange knowledge and support a community of strong women experiencing hair loss.

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Jennifer Rose
Love my Follea Rene - and the amazing customer service!

I considered purchasing a wig for years as my hair became increasingly thin. I finally decided the time was right and I’m so thankful to have found Follea. I purchased the Rene 12 inch in Caramel Latte and I absolutely love it – both the color and style are perfect. Stylist consultant, Tracy Romo, was so incredibly supportive and knowledgeable -- she walked me through every step of the process. She assisted with measurements and answered all of my questions via video calls. I can’t say enough about the amazing customer service I experienced from beginning to end. Tracy guided me in the right direction every step of the way, even sending me helpful videos and styling tips. I honestly couldn’t be happier with my experience.

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M. Terese Weir
Easy Beauty!

My Follea Style (6-11) is in all honesty the most comfortable wig I've ever worn - and I hate anything on my head! This wig just... goes where it's supposed to, no pulling it this way or that, no realizing your doggone wig is crooked.. AFTER you walk in to work. This success is in no small part to the Fit Kit I was sent to make sure of my size. 😊

Also, to say the hair is beautiful gives beauty a bad name. The hair is stunning. (I wear color Latte.) My consultant, Ashley, virtually took my hand to guide me through the process of buying my wig. Her help was and still is invaluable.

My hairdresser is very comfortable styling wigs. She created just the right "style" for my Style. That said, even straight from the box, Follea rocks!

Reading your Follea experience warms our hearts, our goal and mission is to help women all over the world feel beautiful, confident and like their best self. Ashley is an amazing and knowlegable guide, that will continue to be with you on your hair journey!

We invite you to join our @Follea community on Instagram, to learn best practices for your new Follea.

Thank you very much!


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Kimberlee Bluhm
Wig #6

The ready to wear wig I received from Daniel Alain is beautiful. The packaging was so respectful of the wig. So impressed. I called with questions before purchasing and the staff was very kind and respectful as Loosing my hair was so unexpected and stressful. Thank you for wonderful customer service and a beautiful wig. So many compliments on how it makes me look. Thank you.

We are honored and so glad to hear you had a pleasant experience! Thank you or trusting us to help you during your hair-loss journey.

Thank you !

I had an amazing experience with purchasing a wig with Follea.
I can’t say enough about Tracy and the VIP service I got from her. She was always there on the other side of the phone , no matter what day or time and help me every step of the way!
I have never had such great customer service in any of the other leading wig companies I bought wigs from. Hands down the best!
Thank you

Thank you very much for sharing - it means the world to know that you had an exceptional experience with Tracy.

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Patty McKenna
Amazing Personalized treatment

What a wonderful experience I had. Tracy was so sweet and kind and found me the perfect wig. Her patience and understanding when I couldn't decide exactly what I wanted , and finding me the perfect wig and answering all my crazy questions. I left with such a beautiful wig. Thank you again Tracy ♥️♥️

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy Tracy was able to assist you on your hair journey!

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Kim sissons
Tracy Romo is a life changer!

When you first go through your personal hair loss journey, you go through so many emotions and sometimes you get desperate. People like to take advantage of those searching for an answer. After making a very costly mistake, Tracy was a game changer for me! She was amazing, very knowledgeable and helped me understand what to look for, how to ensure I got the right size, face timed me to measure and ensure it was correct. I cannot say enough amazing things about Tracy, and my amazing Follea wig.

Kim, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience Daniel Alain. It warms our heart to hear to Tracy was such a positive impact. We would love to see your new hair debut, tag us on instagram @Follea.

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Style 10 Inch Color 5005 Macchiato (comes with a soft rooting)

This is my first wig but not my first attempt with alternative hair. Its been a journey and one I knew I wanted to take with Follea. I was not wrong. The hair is silky soft and beautifully shiny. The staff is great and wonderful to work with. Their online consultation process is just what I needed. I received sample caps to try on to determine which size is the right size for me. I received color swatches as well to make the color selection process was a breeze. It does make a difference to see to the colors in person, dont be afraid to ask for color swatches. To see them against the light or while your home is worth it. All this happened after the online consultation, which was simple and fun. The rep provided samples of everything, explained the differences with each one. This helped me make a decision on what was right for me. Getting the samples of the wig caps and color swatches was a fun part of the experience but it also made me feel good about my decisions. I often worry about getting the wrong size and color. Once I was set ( and yes I changed my mind a bit) we went forward with the order. After I received my wig and cut the lace, the team was still there to help me with any questions I had.

Overall a great online purchasing experience. Once I received my Follea, I instantly knew this was it for me. I loved it and I was confident to wear it out.

Feeling Myself and Happy with a beautiful Follea Style, 10", Irish Cream

There are no words to fully express how grateful I am for finding Follea and meeting Janet. Her kindness combined with a professional, yet so gentle, advice helped me to find my beautiful natural looking European hair. Janet patiently showed me different styles and sizes (my head is so small!). She has never pushed me to anything. Only offered support and help on the way to my decision, and eventually ordered (incredibly urgently) the right size. I wish all patients to meet someone like Janet on their way! Before I found Follea, I faced a few horrible pushy people who wanted to make money of my sensitive, fragile situation of suddenly losing hair.
Today, I can face the Universe with a smile, again. I am back to work and normal life, interacting with people, attending important business meetings. Letting my health recover in calm confident state.
Thank You to Follea and Janet. May the Blessing and Kindness come back to You Multiplied Million Times.
I am already thinking of ordering a second Follea Style (bit longer this time). Every girl needs a special occasion HAIR! I have found mine.

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erin graff
Looooove me some FOLLEA!!!

Girl I love my new wig!!!!!! I feel like Beyoncé wearing it, you can’t even tell that it’s a wig! My confidence is an all new high and I feel fierce. Thanks to Janet for making my hair dreams come true. Xoxoxo

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Heather L
Follea's Petite

Recently, I bought the Petite in Chai Latte blonde with a natural-looking darker root and customized my piece by adding a few wispy bangs. If you are like me and try to stretch the length of time between washes to prevent an itchy scalp and breakage, this little priceless gem is a quick four clips away from a good hair day.

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Diane B.
Great Customer Services

Great customer services! Received in a timely manner. Very happy with my topper, especially after I trimmed bangs and length to fix my own hair.

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