All About Seasonal Hair Loss
Hair loss of any kind can be stressful, but seasonal hair loss is not usually a serious issue. However, the term “seasonal hair loss” is more complex than you might imagine, so it's worth unpacking what it might actually mean.
What Causes Seasonal Hair Loss?
seasonal shedding Although the exact reason is unclear, some think that it is because the hair is overloaded (sun, sea and pool water, styling agents, etc.) during the summer months, especially in July. During this period, the hair is in the telogen or resting phase. Hair in the telogen phase typically falls out after about 100 days. But fear not, a healthy hair follicle returns to the growth phase.
Is My Hair Loss “Seasonal”?
First, more hair loss at the end of summer does not mean seasonal hair loss. In fact, you may be experiencing breakouts from summer habits that damage your hair. Summer sun and heat, salty sea water and chlorinated pool water can damage your hair over time. This hair loss is usually caused by a break in one part of the hair shaft rather than the loss of the hair follicle, and the possible reduction in hair volume looks like hair loss instead of breakage.
These and similar situations, when combined with routine combing and styling, can cause more hair loss than normal. Since this normally occurs at the end of conditions that last throughout the summer, it is often seen as seasonal hair loss. Unhealthy diets can also cause hair loss. It may take a few months for some health habits to show their effects on your hair. If nutritional changes are not handled in a healthy way, there may be an increase in hair loss with climatic change.
How Do You Know If You're Shedding Too Much Hair?
Hair goes through natural cycles of growth, rest, and shedding, so you're likely to misjudge it and attribute the situation to your hair shedding too much when it's just a routine phase or the result of some bad (but temporary) health habits. Fortunately, an easy test can help you determine if the hair loss you're experiencing is normal, temporary seasonal, or more serious:
- Before washing or combing your hair, spread your fingers wide and slide them down close to your scalp. For best results, do it with your most used hand.
- Loosely close your fingers and then comb your hair from root to tip.
- Then count the hair strands in your hand. You can do this more easily if you put the strands of hair on a blank sheet of paper.
- Repeat steps 1-3 five times, each time focusing on a different part of your scalp.
0-10 strand of hair – Normal hair loss
11-20 strand of hair – Although more than normal, this may be seasonal or temporary hair loss due to poor diet or health habits. Supplements for healthy hair or dietary changes can help.
21+ strands of hair – More hair loss than normal. Review any physical exertion, emotional stress, and/or health and dietary changes you may have been dealing with in the past few months. It may also be a good idea to consult a doctor.
How Long Does Seasonal Hair Loss Last?
Hair always goes through growth, shedding and resting cycles. Each strand of hair does this on different timelines. That's why all your hair does not fall out at the same time and grow back at the same time.
However, warmer weather and increased sunlight in the spring tend to trigger a growth phase for more hair shafts than at any other time of the year. In cold weather, shedding and resting phases usually take place. Because strands typically rest for about three months, this type of seasonal hair loss usually only lasts for three months (a few weeks more or less).
How to Reduce Seasonal Hair Loss?
Not much can be done for seasonal hair loss due to normal cyclic shedding. However, when “seasonal” hair loss is a result of summer diet and lifestyle habits and hair breakage, there are a few things that can help reduce seasonal hair loss.
get your hair cut
This may sound counterintuitive, but a good haircut can make hair damaged, especially in the hot season, look better.
Do not tire your hair
If your hair has been exposed to the sun, sea and pool water all summer long, you can prevent further breakage and shedding by taking a break from hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons and strong stylers.
Try anti-shedding products
This includes both nutritional supplements that support hair growth and vitamin-rich supplements that thicken the appearance of hair. products are also included.