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Published on: 14 Feb 2018 by stenfos

Is Spring Hair Loss Getting You Down?

Every year the seasons follow a distinct pattern of growth during springtime, full bloom in the summer, leaf fall during autumn and stillness throughout the cold winter. Your hair also follows a natural cycle of growth and shedding throughout the year. There are four distinct stages to this cycle.

The Hair Growth Cycle

The first stage of the hair growth cycle is called anagen. This is the growth stage of the cycle and lasts between two and five years. How fast your hair grows will depend on your hair type.

The second stage is called catagen. This is a short, transitional period which lasts anywhere between a few days and a few weeks.

The third stage is called telogen. During this time, hair follicles go into a state of rest to prepare for the next anagen phase. Hair follicles remain inactive in telogen for three to nine months. They then revert back to anagen and the hair begins to grow again.

Sometimes, but not always, telogen is followed by a final stage called exogen. The hair follicle remains in place but the shaft of the hair falls out resulting in shedding.

Your hair follicles are all at different stages of this cycle at any given moment, otherwise you would lose all of your hair at once!

The average person will lose between 50 and 100 hairs every day. This may sound like a lot, but it is a perfectly normal amount for most people. However, some people do notice a pattern of seasonal hair loss, finding that they lose more hair in spring.

What Causes Hair Loss in Spring?

There a few different reasons why some people experience a higher rate of hair shedding in the springtime.

Like most animals, we humans grow more hair in the winter months to protect us from the colder weather. When spring arrives and the weather begins to warm up, this extra hair is no longer needed, so it is shed. So if you find that you have thinning hair in spring, there is no need to panic. It could be a completely natural reaction to this annual change in temperature.

The gradual increase in daylight can also lead to hair loss in springtime. This is because the hair growth cycle is linked to levels of a hormone called melatonin. Melatonin plays an important role in your sleep-wake cycle and its release is triggered by darkness.

This means that in winter, when the nights are longer, your body produces more melatonin and your hair stays thicker. In springtime, daylight levels increase, melatonin production falls... and so can your hair! These changing light levels are another factor that could potentially lead to spring hair loss.

Another reason for seasonal hair loss is that hair can easily be weakened and damaged during the cold winter months. Central heating and blow-drying can lead to dry, damaged hair which sheds more easily in spring.

Wearing hats in the winter can also rub your hair up the wrong way, adding to breakage, thinning and hair fall. Tight hats can restrict the circulation to your scalp, and repeatedly pulling a hat on and off can weaken hair strands and lead to hair fall.

When is Spring Hair Loss Not Normal?

Although it can be normal to lose more hair in spring, there are times when hair loss could be a sign of a more serious, underlying problem.

If you are noticing a lot of hairs on your brush or in the shower, but have no noticeable thin patches, you probably do not need to worry. However, if you are shedding hair from one particular area, finding bald patches, or if you have any other symptoms, ask your doctor to run some tests.

There are many different conditions which can cause hair loss including vitamin deficiencies, hormonal imbalances such as thyroid problems or PCOS, autoimmune disorders such as lupus, coeliac disease and even stress.

If you are concerned that your thinning hair could be a symptom of a more serious condition, talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible. They will be able to offer you reassurance as well as any treatment you may need.

How to Avoid Seasonal Hair Loss

There are several things
that you can do to help prevent hair loss in spring.

It is crucial to eat a healthy, balanced diet all year round. Be sure to include these vitamins and minerals for hair loss to ensure that you have all the nutrients needed for a healthy head of hair.

Here are some of the best vitamins and minerals for hair and where to find them:

1. B vitamins (found in whole grains, eggs, poultry and fish)
2. Zinc (found in red meat, seafood, beans and nuts)?
3. Selenium (found in Brazil nuts, fish and meat)?
4. Iron (found in meat, especially liver, eggs, beans and whole grains)


Winter Hair Care to Avoid Spring Hair Loss

You can also reduce spring hair loss by taking extra care of your hair through the harsh winter months. It is important to stay well hydrated. Drink plenty of water and use a humidifier at home to add some moisture to your environment. Condition your hair regularly, keep your hair trimmed to avoid split ends and avoid over-styling which can further dry out your hair.

If you wear a hat, make sure it is not too tight, and do not allow sweat to build up on your scalp. This can lead to dull, damaged hair as well as scalp infections, dandruff and thinning hair. Although you should avoid blow-drying your hair too much, be sure not to go out in the cold with wet hair. If the moisture in your hair freezes, it will cause even more damage.

So although spring hair loss can be normal, it is not necessarily inevitable. By taking these simple steps throughout the year, you can help to make your locks healthier and stronger and avoid hair loss in spring.

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