If you’ve ever noticed that you shed more hair during the colder months of the year, then you may be experiencing seasonal hair loss.
A likely explanation
It may sound a little odd to suggest that the seasons can impact your hair growth cycle, but when you dig a little deeper, it actually makes sense. It seems that, during summer, our hair growth naturally increases to protect our scalps from the sun. In addition, warmer weather boosts the supply of nutrients we need to produce keratin, which plays a major role in faster-growing hair.
The opposite applies to autumn and winter, resulting in some people experiencing a greater degree of hair fall during the cooler months. Women report more seasonal hair loss than men, which some researchers simply attribute to women’s greater awareness of the condition of their hair. Fortunately, if you take good care of your hair and overall health, your hair will return to its regular pre-autumn/winter growth and shedding pattern as the days grow longer and warmer.
Healthy hair all winter long
There are quite a few things you can do to help protect your hair against the elements while it’s freezing outside, including the following:
- We all love a warm shower before slipping into a cosy bed, but your hair will not thank you for it. In fact, hot water can dry your hair, leaving it brittle and more likely to break. Rather wash your hair in lukewarm water.
- Boost your hair’s moisture levels with the help of a good moisturising conditioner or hair mask.
- Humidifiers can do more than protect you from colds and flu – they can also keep your hair beautifully hydrated.
- Limit the use of straighteners and curling tongs to help your hair retain as much moisture as possible and help prevent breakage.
- Prevent dry, split ends (with a will of their own) by getting your hair trimmed regularly, about every six weeks.
- When braving the outdoors, protect your hair with a hat. Ideally it should be lined with silk or satin to protect your hair against breakage.
Guard your hair against behavioural hair loss
Behavioural factors such as stress, illness and a poor diet can all contribute to making seasonal hair loss more serious than it otherwise would be.
Take good care of your overall health by following a healthy, balanced diet to help ensure that your body gets all the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs for strong, healthy hair… and to stave off typical winter ailments. And remember to drink plenty of water to keep your body, including your hair, hydrated. If you can’t stomach the idea of a glass of cold water, consider a cup of warm water with a slice of lemon or a drizzle of honey.
Help keep stress at bay by taking time out to relax and to do the things that make you truly happy. A moderate exercise regime can also reduce stress levels and it’ll warm you up!
If you are experiencing hair thinning as a result of behavioural hair loss, using ViGRO® may assist in reviving your hair. To learn more about the causes of hair thinning and hair loss, including behavioural hair loss, please click here.