Why do people lose their hair more in Autumn?
Have you noticed that your hair falls out more in Autumn? From the end of summer is your hairbrush is covered in hair or do you see more hair in the plug hole of your shower. For many, this hair loss goes unnoticed, while for others can be a source of anxiety.
So if you are wondering how can you face this seasonal loss, what can you do to maintain your hair and when should you worry, we will now explore this in more detail
Why is your hair falling out?
Whatever season we are in, our hair naturally falls out. On average 60 to 80 hairs can be lost per day, for both men and women.
This is a completely natural process, which does not actually lead to loss of your hair, but rather marks a new cycle, so there is no need to panic. Just like trees shed their leaves in this season, your hair also goes through a similar life cycle.
What is a normal hair cycle?
The hair begins in the hair follicle and will grow in successive cycles. Its lifespan is 4 to 7 years on average and breaks down into 3 phases:
- Anagen Phase: lasts 3 to 7 years and during which hair grows about 1 cm per month
- Catagen Phase: this is a much shorter phase, as it only lasts 3 to 4 weeks. At this stage, the follicle retracts and no longer makes fibre.
- Telogen Phase: during this last phase, the hair no longer grows but still remains attached to its follicle. It will weaken and fall off during shampooing or brushing. This takes between 3 to 4 months, then the bulb will then regenerate itself to allow new hair to grow.
So why do we lose more hair in certain seasons?
Autumn and spring, mark the seasons of transition to winter or summer, and as a result hair loss is more marked.
it is also during these periods that our bodies adapt to many changes this is in regards to temperature, humidity or duration of sunshine … these effects can results in upheaval in our bodies with significant which can have an effect on our hormone levels, which can explain the hair loss.
This type of seasonal hair loss lasts on average between 4 and 6 weeks.
We are not the only ones affected by these hair issues, our pets, for example, there is a change in their coat during these seasons, with an increased loss of their hair.
When do you worry about your hair?
Seasonal hair loss should therefore not be of great concern to you.
However, if the loss appears to you, to be extreme (well over 100 hairs per day) or doesn’t settle over time (continues after the autumn and beyond 2 months), there should be a cause for concern.
Take a hair test:
To find out if your hair loss is indeed seasonal or something more severe, you can do this test (ideally 2 to 3 days after your shampoo):
Place your hand, fingers apart, like a comb on your scalp then lift a lock of hair. Squeeze your fingers together and slide them from the roots to the tips. Repeat this gesture 5 to 6 times to cover all of your hair, then count the number of hairs that have remained between your fingers.
Beyond 15, this type of hair loss is significant and should lead you to consult a specialist.
Many factors can weaken the hair strands , or make the hair extra sensitive, brittle or dry for example:
Fatigue, stress, deficiencies in vitamins / amino acids/minerals, drug treatments, heredity, hormonal changes or the wrong hair products can lead to the hair falling out …
Do not let the situation get worse because there are natural solutions to act on, do not hesitate to seek advice!
It’s Autumn, pamper your hair in 3 simple steps!
As we transcend Autumn, take time for yourself and take the opportunity to pamper your skin and your hair.
1 -Massage your scalp!
Use a scalp massages to relax the cranial muscles and release tension.
The more relaxed the skin is, the scalp will also be better get enough fresh blood to the specific vessels that are needed. promoting oxygenation and the supply of essential nutrients to nourish the hair.
- How do you massage the scalp ?
You should use your fingertips in small circular movements to move the skin of your scalp. Your fingers should stay in place, without slipping or rubbing.
Then move your fingers to another area and resume these small movements with your fingertips, feeling your skin move on your head, oils like Moringa, Baobab or Hibiscus oil can help with massaging the scalp, whilst giving extra nutritional values too.
2- you can provide hair with the nutrients it needs!
Make sure that you are getting the nutrients your hair needs from your diet. Your diet should contain:
- Protein is essential because your body needs it for the synthesis of keratin.
- foods rich in sulfur such as couscous, chickpeas, eggs, fish, leafy greens
- vitamins including B6 such as banana, oats and peanuts
- minerals: Sulfur, Zinc, Selenium, Iron, leafy greens, Moringa, Baobab
- Omega 3 foods that include plant oils such as flaxseeds and fish oils
3 – Take care of your hair!
Adopt Castor Oil, Baobab powder, Moringa or Baobab oils which can be used as a mask on your hair, once a week.
You can then massage your scalp with it and then leave it on for at least 1 hour (you can even leave it on all night), before washing your hair with a mild soap. This will provide nourishment for your hair.