We all know about seasonal hair loss. Most of the time, we see it in the fall and spring, every year, like clockwork. Even on regular days, we can lose between 50 and 100 hairs just in the process of living our lives. Depending on the climate and the environment, our hair is under constant attack. Read below as we here at Starks, a clinic specializing in hair transplantation, explains the relationship between hair loss and the environment.
A study led by Swedish researchers, published in the journal Dermatology, showed that the fall season was conducive to more substantial hair loss. This extra loss is triggered by a peak of hair growth in July in order to protect from the sun’s UV rays. This naturally leads to losing a greater number of hairs during the months of October and November.
During the winter season, the humidity level in the air decreases. This decline has a direct impact on the health of the scalp for both women and men — lower humidity means drier skin. Curly hair is particularly sensitive to this change in conditions.
In the spring, your hair needs to be protected. Researchers from the University of Maryland discovered that the lengthening of the days can reduce the production of melatonin (a hormone with an important role in the good health of the follicles). Less melatonin means more hair loss.
Some people take supplements during this season, especially to boost their immune systems. Starks recommends that you favor supplements rich in amino acids — as the basis of the keratin protein that forms the hair, a deficiency of which is one of the known factors in hair loss.
Even if the sun can be good for the overall health of your hair (the rays of the sun stimulate the hair bulbs and therefore hair growth), you have to be careful not to overdo it. Prolonged exposure to the intense rays of the summer sun can damage the skin and therefore the scalp, causing irritation and drying out the hair shaft.
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