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Seasonal Hair Loss

As the season changes it has an affect on our hair. September has arrived and as we roll into the season of Autumn, our hair transitions to the shed phase. Seasonal hair shedding begins in summer, peaks during fall, and can linger through the wintertime. This is the time when the effects of dryness and damage from the UV rays over the summer months are reflected in the scalp and hair. You will most likely see increasing hair loss during the months of October and November.

Phases of the hair growth cycle

Anagen Phase - 85% of hair is actively growing. Catagen Phase - Hair begin to transition by detaching from the bulb and preparing to shed. Telogen Phase - 15% of old hair is resting as new hairs start growing. Exogen Phase - New hair expels old strands from the scalp, resulting in excessive hair shedding

With winter months comes drier weather and hats rubbing against the hair. Dry and brittle hair is more likely to break and the friction of hats can further contribute to this. Cold, dry weather causes scalp dryness, itching, and irritation. As a result, hair follicles become inflamed, and hair is prone to breakage and excessive shedding.

Seasonal hair shedding only lasts about 2-3 months. Pay attention to whether your hair is actually shedding or just breaking off.

It is best to prep for the winter months by

  • Keeping the hair hydrated and moisturized

  • Using a deep conditioning mask

  • Limiting heat styling and hair tension

  • Limiting the use of wool and cotton hats

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