It’s normal to shed an average of 100 hairs a day. These hairs are usually found on combs, brushes, on pillows, and even in the sink; but this is considered part of a healthy hair growth cycle. Hair grows for several years, rests for a few months, undergoes shedding, and finally, regrowth.
However, there are certain times of the year when hair shedding is much more extreme, sometimes at an alarming rate. This occurs because different seasons have an impact on hair and scalp health. Autumn is the most common season for healthy women to experience hair loss as a result of telogen effluvium; followed by a small window during the summer months.
Telogen refers to the stage when the hair is in the resting phase of its growth cycle. Telogen effluvium occurs when stress causes the hair roots to prematurely go into the resting state.
This condition may be acute or chronic. If the human body is sent into a state of shock brought about by factors including childbirth, high fever, physical trauma, severe infections, serious chronic illnesses, major psychological stress, surgery, under or overactive thyroid glands, medications, or crash diets, even healthy women can lose as much as 70% of the hairs on their head. The shedding usually happens around two months after the “shock”.
Regardless, telogen effluvium can affect women who are completely healthy and who haven’t undergone any shocks or stress. It’s merely caused by the seasonal changes – autumn, in particular. A study of 823 healthy women who experienced hair loss from September 2001 to August 2007 revealed that they were free of any disease and didn’t take any drugs that might have shocked the system. The female participants were asked to complete a telogen rate assessment test where at least 50 hairs were pulled out by their roots and sampled.
Telogen rates were analyzed based on seasonal changes, and it was revealed that the maximum telogen hair occurred during July. The smaller peak occurred in April. The telogen phase lasts around 100 days, so the authors of the study concluded that maximum hair shedding occurs around October and November, but moderate hair shedding occurs in June and July.
How To Fight Seasonal Hair Loss
Fortunately, most cases of autumn hair loss are only temporary. Typically, hair will begin to grow back when the weather changes. When the hair falls out in autumn, the follicles will rest for a few months and will go back to the active hair growth stage.
Consider using products like VITAMINS Shampoo and Conditioner specially formulated with clinically proven to help reduce shedding and fallout. Ingredients like coconut oil and argan oil moisturize hair to improve manageability.
Also, make sure you eat right. Providing the nutrients your body needs for hair growth is critical. Poor nutrition can exacerbate hair loss. Consider supplementing to fill gaps if you are unable to get all of your nutrients in your diet.
Autumn hair loss will pass, but to reduce the damage and hair loss it’s still recommended to take care of your hair throughout the year. Autumn is a good time to pay close attention to the quality of your hair and give it extra care especially if you are beginning to notice some shedding.