It’s no secret that the change in seasons can play havoc with your body. From depression to skin issues, it’s surprising what effect a change in the weather can have on a person. Another problem that comes with the changing seasons that isn’t as widely addressed is hair loss. So, if you’ve started noticing your hair getting thinner or shedding more excessively, it could be down to seasonal hair loss.
What is seasonal hair loss?
Seasonal hair loss occurs at certain times of the year and is thought to be caused by additional stress put onto the body by the change in temperature; causing more of the hairs into the resting (telogen) phase. At some point, these additional hairs will shed, making the hair loss appear more prominent.
The problems tend to start in summer, most notably in July. The theory is that the excess heat puts the body under extra stress, disrupting the hair’s growth cycle. Then, a few months later, in October or November, these hairs shed.
This leads you to assume that the problem is the cold, bitter weather of autumn, when in reality it was the heat in summer that caused it.
As well as excess shedding, the hot UV rays can also damage the hair, making it brittle and prone to breakage. If you swim in chlorinated pools during the hot months, this is also going to have a negative impact on your hair.
Can it be avoided?
It is possible to minimise the risk of developing seasonal hair loss. Wearing a hat to protect the scalp during particularly hot times can help. Washing the hair daily can also help eliminate toxins and unclog the hair follicles which may have been blocked due to excess sweating.
Of course, there are many different causes of hair loss. While it is possible yours could be linked to seasonal hair loss, you should always consult a doctor before attempting to treat the problem.
Some causes of hair loss are a lot more serious than others and it may be a sign that you need to treat an underlying medical condition.