Is Seasonal Hair Loss Fact or Fiction?
Some of us know that awful feeling when you run your hands through your hair and more hairs than usual come away. If you are noticing more hair shedding in the last few weeks, as we leave the autumn behind and glide into winter, don’t panic. Seasonal shedding is a thing.
During the summer months, the scalp retains more hair in the growing stage, anagen phase, to give increased protection from the sun. Also the sun provides us with vitamin D which stimulates the hair follicle to grow. As we begin to shift into autumn and early winter those hairs transition into the resting stage, telogen phase and heavier shedding may occur. This is usually temporary and the scalp will adjust back to a baseline fall of about 100 hairs a day.
Why is your hair looking tried, dull and breaking more easily as we head into winter?
A lack of sunshine can deplete our vitamin D stores and as this is one of the powerhouses for good hair growth a lack of vitamin D will have an effect. A lack of vitamin D can also cause mood changes leaving you feeling more anxious and depressed, which will only add to the distress of the hair fall.
What’s the answer to a vitamin D deficiency? Add foods high in vitamin D to your diet. Eggs, avocado, nuts, cheese and some oily fish. Ask your doctor for a blood test and if the results are poor they may prescribe you a supplement.
Can you blame your central heating? Let’s think about the extreme temperature fluctuations your hair goes through during this time. Out side it’s cold and wet. Clouds are low so air pollution is higher as pollutants can’t escape, attaching themselves to your hair, weighing it done. Inside its like summer with the radiators pumping warm, dry air around our homes. Both conditions not great for the hair.
What can be done? Turn the thermometer on your heating system down a notch or two. It will save you money too.\Moisturise your hair with a suitable conditioner for your hair type, mid length and ends only, as the scalp makes it own Sebum. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the dry air in your home. Even placing containers of water near a radiator will help with the humidity in your home.
If, however, after 6 – 8 weeks things haven’t improved you should see your local Trichologist to see if there is another reason for the shedding. After diagnosis, a suitable hair loss treatment plan can be started to prevent further loses.
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