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The Difference Between Hair Loss vs. Hair Shedding


There are several terms related to hair fall, but most predominantly, we talk about hair shedding and hair loss. Are they the same issue? Not exactly. There is a multitude of factors contributing to both hair shedding and hair loss. In some cases, shedding is temporary, whereas loss is permanent. It's challenging to wade through the array of misinformation to get to the truth. Most importantly, you want to know how to manage your hair. Let's pinpoint the difference between hair shedding vs. hair loss.


Many factors can cause excessive hair shedding and hair loss. The difference lies in what causes the hair to fall out, when it happens and at what frequency it falls. 


Shedding is something we all deal with, and it doesn't matter if we have thin or thick hair. Even man's best friend sheds daily! Normal shedding means losing 50-150 strands every single day. What about when hair sheds in excess? 

What Causes Hair Shedding in Men?

Shedding is something we all deal with, and it doesn't matter if we have thin or thick hair. Even man's best friend sheds daily! Normal shedding means losing 50-150 strands every single day. What about when hair sheds in excess? 

A hair loss condition triggered by a major life event like surgery, a medical condition, or extreme stress. 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. While it can send shockwaves throughout your life and deflate your confidence, excessive shedding is temporary. Once you isolate the cause, hair growth typically resumes within 3-6 months. In some instances, hair shedding lasts longer than six months, which is known as Chronic Telogen Effluvium.


Hair loss affects millions of men around the world, with two out of three men experiencing hair loss by age 35. We understand that a man's hair personifies his identity, which is why we're committed to staying on the leading edge of innovative science, research, and solutions. 

What Causes Male Hair Loss?

Most men's hair loss (95%) is caused by Androgenetic Alopecia, also known as Male Pattern Baldness.

Genetic hair loss occurs because hormones called androgens increase the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the male sex hormone linked to hair loss.

While hair shedding is more temporary and isolated to a triggering event, men's hair loss is often genetic and permanent. In addition to genetics, factors like stress, diet, and hair hygiene can accelerate or delay the progression of hair loss.

The scalp also plays a significant role in hair health. When the scalp is healthy, it supports the flow of the hair growth cycle. Conversely, an unhealthy scalp creates a compromised environment that may accelerate the miniaturization of the hair follicles.

Androgenetic Alopecia can begin as early as the teen years, but by age 50, 85% of men will experience some form of hair loss. Genetic hair loss is progressive, and over time, the hair at the crown of the head, hairline, or temples may recede.


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

Doctors also have unique tests and visual reference guides like the Norwood Scale to isolate the cause and progression of hair loss. The doctor will 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 can highlight nutritional deficiencies or abnormalities in hormone levels. For example, thyroid issues can be a major culprit of sudden hair loss. In this case, the doctor will administer medication and hair should regrow.

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The primary differentiation between shedding and hair loss is the timeline. In most cases, shedding is temporary, seasonal, or due to lifestyle factors. Hair loss, on the other hand, is often progressive and primarily due to genetics. Battling hair loss may lead to feelings of helplessness to resolve the issue. Remember that millions of men are also struggling with hair loss, and every year reveals innovative solutions.

In the meantime, use effective cosmetic solutions to boost volume and conceal thinning hair. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and try to minimize stress triggers, which can cause excessive hair shedding.

Additionally, try strategic cuts and styling choices that provide body and fullness. If you're suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia, consult with your doctor about your options for medicinal solutions like Finasteride or Minoxidil. Lastly, you may want to explore procedural solutions like plasma therapy or a hair transplant.

The goal with both shedding and hair loss is to retain and protect your hair. Whether you are struggling with shedding or significant hair loss, we're here to provide effective solutions that stimulate your hair—and confidence—to its full potential. Whatever issue you face, Daniel Alain is in your corner.


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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!

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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.

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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!
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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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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.

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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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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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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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