You’ve probably noticed a bit more hair in your brush this time of year, and you’re not alone in wondering if it’s just your imagination or if there’s more to it. Let’s dive into the facts about autumn hair loss and when it’s cause for concern.
Understanding the Hair Growth Cycle
To get why we go through a bit more shedding in autumn, we need a quick lesson on the human hair growth cycle. Hair has three phases: growth (anagen), transition (catagen), and rest (telogen). During the telogen phase, some hair naturally falls out to make room for new growth. On average, people lose around 50-100 hairs per day during this part of the cycle.
What Causes Seasonal Hair Loss?
Autumn hair loss is often tied to environmental changes, like temperature shifts. Studies suggest that changes in sunlight, more specifically, can mess with our hormones. In summer, increased sunlight can push more hair into the telogen phase. When autumn arrives and sunlight decreases, hair follicles become active again, causing the shedding of resting hairs, and the cycle repeats for each hair fibre.
While seasonal changes play a role, certain factors can negatively impact our hair health. These include:
- Diet Changes: A lack of essential nutrients, especially protein, iron, or zinc, can contribute to increased hair loss. Adequate intake of antioxidants is also vital.
- Stress: No surprise here – stress can worsen hair loss at any time of the year. Changes in routine or work-related stressors can trigger shedding.
- Pregnancy or Illness: Hormonal changes during pregnancy or illness can result in thinner, less vibrant hair that falls out more easily.
The Reversible Nature of Autumn Hair Loss
The good news is that the hair loss we notice in autumn is typically reversible. It only becomes a concern if the shedding is excessive and prolonged, which does not respond to positive changes in our lifestyle. In such cases, it’s best to consult with a trusted professional.
What Can You Do?
As a first step, it is important to identify which of the above factors might be at play and take appropriate measures. Hair health starts at the roots, and a balanced scalp is crucial.
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