WHAT IS SEASONAL HAIR LOSS?
Many people begin to notice significant hair loss (shedding) in
late autumn, particularly in October and November, leading many to believe that
hair loss could be seasonal. The shedding of hair during this time of year is
usually identified from brushing the hair and also by the amount of strands on
the pillow each morning.
We shed, on average, between 50 and 100 hairs every day. Hair strands have a life cycle of between 24
and 72 months, during which time it will grow normally.
More research is needed to prove that hair
loss is indeed seasonal, because the reasoning behind seasonal shedding is
still largely unclear.
Research has suggested that we tend to shed more hair in the
autumn months, and we experience peak hair growth during the spring and early
But another theory suggests
that many of us actually experience more hair growth in the winter - A theory
based on the same principles as an animal ‘building a new coat’ for the colder
WHAT SEASON AFFECTS US THE MOST?
As we stated, more scientific research needs to be conducted
in order to get the most accurate explanation for seasonal shedding, but going
on current research and feedback, here is how the majority of us experience
patterns in our hair during the four seasons:
Many men and women report relatively strong hair growth
during the end of winter and at the beginning of spring.
It should be noted that shedding is perfectly
normal, and is common amongst all mammals, so you should not worry about it.
In most cases, seasonal shedding is not down
to male/female pattern baldness – it is more of a natural process that we
experience during the change in climate.
If you’re prone to shedding during spring season, then we
can assume you experienced good growth during the winter months. If this is the
case then make sure you use less product in your hair (styling products, dry shampoos
etc.) over the spring season, and be sure to cut down on harsh conditioners
that could potentially harm your hair and cause it to look thin and tired.
Again, do not grow concerned, as after particularly
strong growth over the colder months, your hair is simply going through a cycle,
which results in losing more strands than usual as the weather changes.
Some people try to tackle shedding by using Minoxidil (an
FDA approved hair loss treatment). Minoxidil is known to cause severe shedding
during early usage, therefore this may not be the appropriate treatment during
a time when you are losing more hair than usual.
If you tend to experience stronger hair growth in the
spring, then you are probably likely to be more prone to heavy shedding during
the autumn months of the year.
because you experience good growth during March through to May, that does not
mean you should rest on your laurels.
sure to keep on top of your hair care routine, with natural vitamins and enhancing
shampoos to get the very best out of your hair during its peak season.
That way, you will be far better prepared for
the dreaded shedding phase.
Summer can potentially be the most harmful season for our
Our hair can suffer severe damage
from higher temperatures and constant exposure to harmful UV light. We tend to
sweat more in the summer, which is not particularly healthy for the condition
of our hair.
We also wash our hair more
often in the hotter months, which again, isn’t ideal for the health of our
With autumn (peak hair shedding season for most of us) just
around the corner, it is absolutely essential that you have a solid,
well-drilled hair care routine firmly in place.
Vitamins and supplements like HR23+ will give your hair the vital
nutrients to help strengthen and protect it from your vigorous daily
Also, if you are exposed to the
sun throughout the day, we would recommend using hair cream with SPF 30. This
will protect your hair from the rays in the same way it protects your skin.
Sunlight also exposes thin hair and bald patches on the
scalp, therefore hair thickening shampoos and hair enhancing creams should be
considered at the time of the year. Hair building fibres are also popular in
the summer – offering excellent concealment of the scalp.
As we have already mentioned, autumn season is, for many of
us, the worst time of the year for hair shedding, particular amongst
On the bright side, for those who
tend to shed more during the fall, it is perfectly natural, and it is highly
likely that you will experience the reverse pattern during the winter months.
The drop in temperature from summer to autumn will send your
body into a state of transition. The sudden shedding of hair means your body is
preparing itself for the even colder months of winter – a bit like the process
of animals shedding their coats.
not ideal, especially if you already have quite thin hair, but it is a normal
process that many of us inevitably go through.
We would always advise you to stay away from harsh chemicals
such as Minoxidil (due to its shedding properties), and instead opt for naturally
formulated hair products and conditioners. A safe and potent alternative to
Minoxidil is caffeine based shampoos, should you wish to enhance the appearance
and strength of your hair.
For many of us, winter season is the time to worry less
about our hair, as we tend to go through our strongest growth phase, particularly
We recognise that the
weather is getting considerably colder, therefore we naturally go through a
phase of hair growth.
We actually put our hair through more varying temperatures and
conditions during winter, due to the cold weather outdoors and the warm temperatures
indoors (central heating). We also tend to eat more, not necessarily good foods,
and therefore our hair lacks the vital nutrients it needs for the healthiest
Winter is the peak season for hair growth, so be sure to eat
(and apply) lots of protein to get the very best out of your strands during a
time when they are at their strongest.
Every year, January is the month when men and women spend
the most money on hair loss treatments. This seems like an odd time of year for
hair loss treatments to be so popular, especially when you consider how little
we tend to shed in the winter season, but we have out reasons why this trend
occurs at the start of every year.
People tend to purchase hair loss treatments and hair care products
in January in the knowledge that hair shedding season is only a couple of
months away, therefore they are preparing themselves for it.
Either that or because the month of January
represents a ‘new beginning’, and in the same way gym memberships go through
the roof at this time of the year,
of us just feel the need to tackle a problem head on after the joys of the