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    Why do people with long hair lose more hair?

    Why do people with long hair lose more hair?

    It appears that patients with long hair are more often concerned about hair loss.  They will bring a bag full of shed hair and look at the bag with horror as they give it to the dermatologist for evaluation.  In this case, it is very important for the dermatologist to remove the hair from the bag and examine the roots of the hair.  Only the number of shed hairs can be assessed, not the amount of hair, due to the shaft length.  People with long hair do not necessarily loose more hair, they just appear to loose more hair due to the hair shaft length.  Hair length does not affect shedding.

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    Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D.
    Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D., is a consulting professor of dermatology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C. She is investigator, ...


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