summer hair loss: why it happens and what to do about itHair loss comes in many forms, from alopecia areata to male pattern baldness but I bet you’ve never heard of summer hair loss. The condition does exist and there is plenty of evidence to prove that as the summer wears on both men and women begin to shed more hair than the rest of the year.

Summer hair loss: the basics

Below, we give the lowdown on what causes summer hair loss, and what you can do to avoid it..

Hair is an excellent cooling mechanism for the body. What’s actually happening when summer hair loss occurs is that the body is reacting to cooler temperatures once the peak of the summer is out of the way. Throughout the hottest period hairs are retained in their growing phase because actually hair is an effective cooling mechanism as well as a shield from the sun’s rays. As soon as the ambient temperature begins to drop then that’s when the shedding occurs.

Generally speaking, it’s nothing to worry about and is a regular part of the body’s cycle of renewal. Regardless of the season it’s perfectly normal to shed up to 100 hairs every day you should only become

Hair suffers first when the body has a problem

If summer hair loss is bothering you and you don’t want to exacerbate the shedding then there are a few common sense measures you can take:

  • Avoid putting chemicals into your hair. Dyes and other treatments can weaken the hair as can extensions and vigorous brushing.
  • If you’re out in the sun then wear a hat to protect the hair follicles and try to avoid putting your body through any additional stresses or changes.
  • A new method of oral contraception or a crash diet can both have negative effects on the hair.

The fact is that hair is one of the first things to suffer if the body has a problem.

The most important thing to remember about summer hair loss though is that it’s a natural temporary situation and you shouldn’t let it overly concern you. It’s only if it continues into the winter that you may wish to seek expert advice.