But you shouldn’t worry about it. Of course, we know that you’ll worry about any hair loss, at any time. So, we’ll try to put your mind at rest as quickly as we can. After all, we don’t want to frighten you (and, we want you to stress less too).

Temporary hair loss might just be an event on your calendar.

Seasonal hair loss is real. It happens in autumn (and for a reason that we’ll get to soon). Now, much of the quality hair loss information is directed towards the northern hemisphere, so you might not have come across anything that tells you it’s going to be okay. After all, in that part of the world, seasonal hair loss occurs in November – not when you’re experiencing it.

 

Seasonal Loss Is Part of the Normal Hair Cycle

 

Each hair on your head goes through a cycle of growth and loss. It doesn’t all happen at the same speed– or at the same time. Of course, you’re unlikely to notice this on a day-to-day basis as growing hairs balance with sleeping hairs for a uniform look.

Sleeping hairs? Yes. Well, the technical term is telogen (and most people call it the “resting phase”). At any given point, about 10% of your hair is in this phase. During telogen, your hair doesn’t grow, and it doesn’t fall out either (unless yanked or brushed with vigour). After 100 days (give or take) of telogen, hairs will fall, and the follicle will take a three-month holiday. Once it’s had a good rest, a new hair begins to grow and continues to do so for about 24 to 72 months. Hair strands then go into retirement, erm Telogen, and the process repeats – unless you do experience more permanent hair loss.

And, it just so happens that more hair tends to remain in the Telogen phase in summer. It’s believed this protects the scalp from the damaging effects of the sun and heat. 100 days later (in late May, or perhaps early June), these hairs fall out. It’s normal, perfectly so.

 

Now That You Can Breathe Again, How Do You Deal with Seasonal Loss?

 

There isn’t much you can do about seasonal hair loss, short of adjusting evolution and local climate. But, if you’re nervous, doing nothing doesn’t help very much. These tips will help maintain a healthy scalp at any time, but especially during this transformative period.

• Brush Your Hair – If your hair is going to fall out, it’s going to fall out whether you brush or not. And, there are plenty of positives to brushing, such as removing loose hairs and stimulating your scalp.

• Use Fewer Products – We’re not saying that you should stop using products if they make you happy about yourself but, use less when you can. Sticky hair and clogged follicles don’t help growth.

• Let It Loose – If you frequently pull your hair back for work, try to let it down as soon as you can. Or, consider cutting your hair into a style that looks great short. You add tension to your scalp when you wear it up.

 

But What If It’s Serious?

 

We knew we couldn’t get you to stop stressing that quickly.

Seasonal hair loss lasts about four to six weeks. And, you can expect to lose more than the 60 to 100 hairs that you usually lose on a daily basis. If it’s noticeably more than this, you see extreme thinning at the temples or crown, or your loss lasts more than two months, then you should see a specialist. You can, of course, make an appointment whenever you would like, and if you’re seriously stressed about hair loss, you probably shouldn’t wait until the change of season to make that call.

 

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