Losing a few hairs here and there from time to time is normal; we lose between 50 to 100 strands of hair daily as our hair goes through different stages of growth, there is the active growth stage, the maturation stage, and the shedding off stage.
Losing a bit of hair periodically is normal, but when it becomes too much, up to the point where it’s very noticeable and starts to bother you, then something else is at play.
It could be seasonal hair loss or alopecia.
In this article, we’ll shed some light on why there is a high possibility of hair loss in autumn compared to other seasons. We’ll also give some tips that can help you make your hair stronger so you’ll experience minimal hair loss during this season.
We usually shed some of our hair daily, around 100 hairs a day, but there is a possibility for this number to increase to around 150 in Autumn.
There isn’t enough scientific research that has explored why we lose more hair in fall compared to other months of the year, but we all agree it happens. A good way to get some understanding of seasonal hair loss is by gaining knowledge about the phases through which hair grows.
There are four phases in the hair growth cycle:
90% of hair is actively growing.
Also known as the transition phase, hair growth slows and hair follicles shrink.
10% of hair is in the resting stage.
Hair is shed from the scalp and new hairs start growing in the follicles.
The telogen (resting) phase usually coincides with summer and progresses to the exogen (shedding) stage through Autumn.
It can also be argued that the scalp holds on strongly to hair strands during the summer months to provide protection from the sun and then starts to loosen its grip as the temperature gradually drops in Autumn.
The change in temperature during Autumn can also trigger the scalp and follicles to enter the shedding phase.
Noticing more hair strands in your brush or in your shower drain during a particular time of the year should not be confused with telogen effluvium, hair loss induced by stress.
Seasonal hair loss and telogen effluvium are both characterized by hair loss, but it is very important to pay close attention to how much hair is being lost and for how long so that serious problems can be caught early on.
It is hard to tell the difference yourself. The best way to go is to visit a professional if you think the amount of hair you’re losing is worrying or alarming.
It is understandable to feel a little bit of panic when you notice more hair in your brush than normal during this time of year. But there is nothing to worry about, seasonal hair loss is temporary, it’s just your hair going through its cycles, and your hair will stabilize after a while.
The health of your scalp and the state of your health generally can be a big factor in seasonal hair loss. You can be susceptible to more hair loss during Autumn if you’re not deliberately working at keeping your hair and scalp as healthy as possible.
Going the extra mile when it comes to paying attention to your health can reduce the occurrence and severity of seasonal hair loss.
Listed below are some ways to prevent your hair from shedding and maintaining a healthy scalp and hair:
The quality of the food you eat plays a very important role in the health of your hair and scalp. A fundamental and effective way to protect yourself from seasonal hair loss is to develop the habit of eating a balanced diet all year round.
Protecting your hair from stressors like dust, sun, pollution, and rainwater will save your hair a lot of trouble. When heading out make sure to always prioritize the protection of your hair.
Using a hydrating conditioner will help keep your hair strong and healthy. Deep conditioning treatments are also a great option to maintain a healthy scalp and hair.
Regularly trimming off split ends can be a great way to reduce the susceptibility of your hair to seasonal hair loss.
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