We joke about that little ball of hair that we stick to the side of the shower wall, and there's something disgustingly satisfying about pulling a Cousin It-esque clump from the shower drain . . . but exactly how much hair is normal to lose in a single wash? A few wayward strands? A quarter-sized wad?
For the answer to this pressing question, we consulted Dr. Sejal Shah, a New York City-based cosmetic dermatologist who's an expert in hair loss. "Shedding is a normal part of the hair cycle," said Dr. Shah. "On average, between 50 and 100 hairs per day is typical, but note this is an average so it can be more or less in some cases."