Some studies suggest that hair loss is more common in the autumn. Perhaps due to the drop in temperature and shorter days, a low mood and dry skin are also common symptoms which seem to appear.
A study from the Dermatology journal carried out by Swedish scientists over the length of six years with more than eight hundred healthy women; found that the women lost most of their hair during the months of autumn.
Why Autumn shedding?
They suggested that it was linked to the hair loss cycle – during a healthy cycle, about ninety percent of the one hundred thousand hair follicles on our scalp are growing healthy hair. The other ten percent is in the telogen stage, this is the resting state which can last for up to six months, and hair can then fall out. Naturally the whole process is meant to be repeated, unless there is something causing balding.
During July, the women from the study had the highest proportion of resting hairs. By October, the telogen state had finished for most of these women and hair was shed.
One theory suggests that this occurs as a result of evolution, in that the body holds onto more hair during summer in order to protect the scalp from the hot summer sun. Also, it is thought that during autumn there is a lack of vitamin D as we have less sun exposure; a vitamin D deficiency can contribute to a disturbed hair cycle and hair loss.
Tackling hair loss
A well-balanced and healthy diet is essential for healthy hair follicles and hair growth. Vegetarians may find they are more prone to thinning hair as they are lacking some micronutrients and amino acids from their usual diet. So taking supplements is recommended in these situations.
Make sure that you drink plenty of water also; this can improve the flow of nutrients and also hydrates your skin.