When the summer months roll around, many people will notice a higher amount of hair shedding. Seasonal hair loss is, in fact, an actual occurrence that both women and men experience. Summer hair loss can be caused by both internal and external causes.
Science tells us that in the summer our body temperature heats up and thus our body finds a way to regulate that increase by shedding hair. The hair that is shed is those that were nearing their shedding cycle already as opposed to regular new hair being shed. Studies also show that the largest amount of hair shedding occurs in early fall.
Why are Follicles Dormant in the Summer?
Sunlight causes the body to reduce its melatonin production which also affects your hormone levels. The change in your hormone levels tells your follicles to continue shedding. Testosterone levels in both sexes are also higher during the spring and fall which also can trigger hair follicles to shed.
What about Non-Seasonal Hair Loss?
Seasonal hair shedding is not a cause for concern, but if you are facing hair loss in higher concentrations it may be something else. Hair that falls off in clumps from the temples or crown may be a result of pattern baldness. Speaking with a professional will help you determine if your hair loss is seasonal or pattern loss.
Tips for Seasonal Shedding
Although seasonal shedding is natural, there are ways you can jumpstart the re-growth phase of your hair cycle. Even if you go swimming often or spend a lot of time in the sun, tending your hair in the summer is simple.
Hair Mask – Warm oil applied to the scalp and roots once a week is a great way to encourage hair growth. It stimulates the follicles and gives your roots a boost of nutrients.
Gentle Styling – Harsh hairstyles can lead to excessive shedding. Avoid tight bands that pull your hair or put stress on your follicles. Opt for gentle clips or a messy top bun instead.
Head Cover – Covering your hair with a hat, bonnet or scarf when you go out in the sun is a great way to protect it from harmful rays. There are also hundreds of protective products on the market formulated specifically to protect from the sun.
Nutrition & Summer Hair Loss
A lot of people want to lose weight to look sleek and trim for summer. Always remember that what goes into your body, or what is missing will reflect in your hair and skin. If your diet lacks essential nutrients for healthy hair, you will notice more that your hair is shedding along with unwanted fat.
How We Can Help
Here at The Hair Loss Recovery Program, we understand how important your hair is to you. We offer a diverse range of hair restoration and hair loss services for men and women. Our office specializes in non-invasive solutions as well as in hair replacement surgery. Give our office a call at (416) 439-4247 to speak with a discrete hair specialist today.