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by: Better Not Younger
December 12, 2020
Nothing messes up a relaxing hot shower like the discovery of a clump of hair in your drain — especially when the hair clump is the size of a small animal. More likely than not, you are dealing with seasonal hair loss.
According to research studies, your hair’s growth cycle follows a seasonal trend related to how your body reacts to the changes to the amount of sunlight it receives. The good news is that you can help slow shedding and boost hair and scalp health during the colder seasons. Keep reading to learn why we lose more hair during the fall and winter months and what we can do about it.
Men and women usually lose around 100 strands per day. As women age, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels change, damaging our follicles and causing further hair loss. When summer ends and the cold weather begins, hair shedding increases because of something called seasonal hair loss.
Researchers believe melatonin, a hormone produced by your brain's pineal gland to regulate your body’s sleep cycles, could affect hair loss. Though the process is unclear, scientists believe seasonal hair loss could be your body's reaction to reduced daylight hours.
We are exposed to more sunshine during the summer and early fall. This is particularly true on the summer solstice, June 21st, the longest day of the year. When your body is exposed to more sunshine, it produces less melatonin. The less amount of melatonin you have, the more hair shedding you are likely to experience.
You have about 100,000 microscopic skin pouches known as hair follicles. Your hair fibers develop inside the hair follicles; when one falls out, there is another to grow in its place. Hair growth occurs in three distinct phases:
When your body stops getting heavy doses of summertime melatonin, a larger percentage of your hairs leave the anagen phase and enter the resting phase. Research has demonstrated that an individual has the greatest number of hairs in the telogen phase in July.
Seasonal hair loss kicks in about three or four months after your hair growth cycle has entered the telogen phase. This is when you’ll likely find extra strands in your hairbrush or on your pillow. The good news is that if you take care of your scalp and eat well, you can maintain your follicles' health and experience new hair growth.
Though much of your lost hair will likely grow back, seasonal hair loss is disheartening. We want to look our best for the holiday gatherings that the fall and winter months bring. Thankfully, you can take actions to restore the appearance of volume and thickness to your hair and improve scalp health to increase the amount of time your hair is in the growth stage.
Don’t worry if you find more and more stray hairs on your bathroom counter or on your clothes; it is likely seasonal hair loss. Stay active, eat well, and incorporate Better Not Younger products into your hair care routine. Over time you will restore the hair you lost during the fall and winter months and enjoy denser, thicker hair all year round.
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