Yes, it is possible to experience both shedding and thinning of hair at the same time. While the terms "shedding" and "thinning" are often used interchangeably, they actually refer to different aspects of hair loss.
Shedding refers to the natural process of hair loss that occurs as a result of the hair growth cycle. It is normal to shed up to 100 hairs per day. Shedding is typically characterized by the appearance of fallen hair on clothing, pillows, and other surfaces.
Thinning, on the other hand, refers to a reduction in the overall density of the hair. It is often associated with conditions such as androgenetic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness) or telogen effluvium, which can result in the hair follicles producing weaker, finer hair.
In some cases, shedding and thinning can occur simultaneously, especially if the underlying cause of the hair loss affects both the growth and density of the hair. For example, telogen effluvium can cause both increased shedding and thinning of the hair, as can certain medical conditions or medications.
If you are experiencing excessive hair loss or thinning, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider or dermatologist to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan.