Autumn Hair Loss

Your hair growth comes in cycles. A hair follicle will typically be in “growth” mode for a few weeks before retreating into a “rest” mode, ultimately cycling back into “growth” once more. Hair loss comes when the “rest” cycle elongates, and eventually overtakes growth completely.

What may surprise you is that these hair growth cycles can be impacted by the rhythms of the seasons. It is not uncommon for women, in particular, to experience a higher level of hair loss during the autumn months. This shedding results because you’re getting less sunlight, and sunlight is key for triggering some of the hormonal patterns that keep the growth cycle in full swing.

A little bit of hair loss during the changing seasons is normal; you may find yourself shedding a bit more hair than usual, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There are, however, a few things you can do to minimize shedding, and to keep seasonal hair loss low.

5 Ways to Minimize Autumn Hair Loss

  1. Eat foods that promote healthy hair growth. Take advantage of the fall’s bounty by reaching for some of those superfoods that promote healthy hair and skin. A few that we recommend include apples, pears, pumpkin, squash, turnips, pomegranates, and most anything in the citrus family. You need nutrients to nourish healthy hair growth!
  2. Get plenty of Vitamin D. If you’re not exposed to as much sunlight, you might consider taking a regiment of Vitamin D supplements, which can help keep your hair-related hormones in check.
  3. Massage your scalp daily. You may not be in the habit of shampooing daily, and that’s fine, but do make sure you give your scalp some TLC. A little massaging can go a long way toward stimulating blood flow, and ultimately toward promoting hair growth.
  4. Resist stress. As we head back to school and toward the holiday season, life can get busy and stressful. Stress is never a good thing for your hair growth, so make some time in your day for stress-busting activities—yoga, jogging, dance parties, laughing with some good friends, or simply sitting and relaxing with a good cup of tea.
  5. Get a haircut. Talk to your stylist about losing the split ends and tidying up your hair for autumn; you might also ask about any products that could be used to promote scalp health. Hair loss will be more pronounced during the first four to six weeks of autumn, so try to get in a trip to the salon during that time.

Don’t Settle for Seasonal Hair Loss

Some seasonal hair loss is nothing to worry about, but you do want to do what you can to keep it in check. These tips may provide some answers for you, but if you have any other questions or concerns, we invite you to visit us at Mane Image Hair Restoration Clinic. Make an appointment with one of our stylists today!