Whether you’re a teenager, an adult, or a senior, a man or a woman, hair loss can be very frustrating. And with the autumn season upon us and winter coming right after, we’re all about to experience some increased hair loss.
Why does hair shed more in the winter, however, is it normal? As annoying as hair loss in winter and fall months is, yes – it’s normal.
Why do you lose more hair in the winter?
So, what is winter hair shedding, and why are we saddled with it? There are several hypothesized reasons for this phenomenon:
- The peaks of hair gain throughout the year are in April and July with the latter being the biggest peak. And, as New York-based dermatologist Jeremy Fenton points out, “Hairs in the telogen phase generally fall out 100 days later, which means that people would see a shedding at the end of the summer and into the fall.”
- The fall and early winter months are also a period for the body to prepare for the deep of winter and this includes swapping our summer hair with a new set of hair. That’s why the hair that grows in the winter is usually thicker. However, it’s unfortunately also not as dense as summer hair and the following reason likely explains that.
- People don’t tend to their hair and their other physical needs as well in the winter. Our hair’s health, strength, and density depend on how well we take care of it. This includes not only frequent use of anti-hair loss shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products but also taking good care of ourselves. We tend to eat fewer fruits and veggies in the winter, as well as exercise less – these things affect hair growth and hair loss.
- Stress also tends to pile up during the holiday season and it’s a well-known fact that stress affects hair loss.
What to do to prevent hair falling out winter-long?
First, before you do anything, you want to make sure that there is a problem that needs to be fixed. According to Healthline and most experts, a hair loss of 50 to 100 hairs per day is actually to be expected. It may be closer to 100 in the autumn and winter months but that’s still ok.
If you do experience an overly increased hair loss then what you want to do is follow the general hair-health tips we often talk about:
- Maintain a good diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be expensive in the winter but they are crucial. A clever trick is to use a dehydrator device in the summer and fall to dry some fruits and vegetables for the winter. Avoid extra-fat foods and meats and focus more on fish and nuts too.
- Exercise. Even if it’s just daily morning aerobics at home, make sure you keep your body active during the cold winter months.
- Nourish and moisturize your hair. Pick hair products that promote hair growth and don’t skip the weekly deep conditioning mask.
- Avoid hair styling procedures, especially the ones that use strong chemical products.
- Avoid heated hair styling products such as flat irons and hot hair dryers.
- Reduce the stress in your life to a more manageable level.
- Don’t play with your hair – pulling, scratching, twisting, and other physical force can further damage and weaken your scalp and hair.