For the most part, hair shedding or hair loss is completely normal for men and women due to the hair growth cycle. Shedding up to 100 strands of hair per day, although it may seem like a large amount, is, in fact, a normal amount of loss. As your hair is shedding, it is also being replaced just as fast and will almost be unnoticeable.
However, as the seasons change throughout the year and the sun becomes harsher in summer or the climate becomes colder in the winter months, you may think your hair loss more noticeable. Could this be due to seasonal hair loss?
Do the Seasons Affect Hair Loss?
Seasonal hair loss is, in fact, truth and affects all mammals, including humans. The process is similar to dogs shedding more hair in winter, human hair loss also changes in adjustment to the variation in seasons.
The hair on our head is there to protect the scalp from the harsh rays of the sun. Throughout the summer months, especially when temperatures increase, the hair is at its thickest to protect the scalp from the sun and ultraviolet radiation. As the weather cools down in late summer, the additional growth is no longer needed, resulting in an increased amount of hair loss, also known as the telogen stage of the hair growth cycle.
On the other hand, as the weather becomes colder in winter, this can have a negative effect on the scalp, leading to dryness and flakiness. This makes the hair roots weak and leads to increased hair loss.
Seasonal hair loss can affect both genders and although it may be noticeable to you, it is normal and only temporary, it will be replaced from constant hair growth.
How to Control Seasonal Hair Loss
Seasonal hair loss cannot be prevented; however, you can take steps or make adjustments to control it if you feel like it is a problem for you:
- Wash your hair regularly to ensure cleanliness of the scalp, using medicated shampoos.
- Leave hair loose. For women, tying your hair in tight buns or ponytails could risk further damaging fragile hair.
- Avoid excess styling products such as mousses and hair gels. The product can cause unnecessary stress on your hair follicles.
- Covering your hair can help protect it from the harsh rays of the sun.
- If you’re suffering from a loss of confidence due to your hair loss, then try a volumizing product to give your hair more life and volume.
- Stay hydrated and eat foods containing hair growth nutrients such as eggs, spinach, and citrus fruits – lots of vitamin C and protein!
If your hair loss is worrying you, it is not following the seasonal hair loss patterns or it is more noticeable around the temples or crown, then there could be an underlying hair loss condition.