Why You Lose More Hair During the Spring
Updated: Sep 1, 2022
If you're noticing you're losing more hair right now, don't worry at all- it's totally normal!
During the spring season, our bodies start preparing for warmer temperatures and weather. The spring is typically dry, so it is a natural process for our bodies to increase oil production to keep our hair and skin from becoming dehydrated. For those with dryer skin, the hair follicles (right under the skin) may not get the hydration and nourishment they need to grow. This can mean that lash, brow and head hair become brittle and falls out prematurely.
During spring, the growing heat causes hair strands to go into the resting phase which halts growth and causes them to fall out prematurely. To understand this, we’ve got to take you back to grade 11 Biology!
The hair grows in this cycle; Anagen (active growth), Catagen (transition), and Telogen (final resting). As mentioned before, as the temperature rises, hair strands can automatically jump to that final resting phase, Telogen, which means those hair strands will fall out sooner than they typically would. The average person sheds about 100 hairs per day but you can expect to shed closer to 150 when the season is changing to spring.
Think of your pets; in the fall, they shed their coats so their heavier, warmer winter coats can grow in. In the spring, they shed their heavier coats for something cooler in warm weather. When you notice your pet starting to shed heavily, you can bet your hair/brows/lashes will go through this same cycle.
Another reason that hair shed is more frequent during this time is because our bodies are producing less melatonin. This happens because we are not being exposed to sunlight as often as in the summer and when we lack melatonin, hormones get thrown off track. Anyone who’s experienced post partum hair loss can tell you that when your hormones are wacky, all bets are off in terms of hair growth/shed!
Don’t worry about the extra hair “loss” as it’s not really a loss at all! You are simply shedding your winter coat to get ready for a gorgeous, healthy spring coat! During this time (and always!), we recommend taking extra care of that scalp. Making sure that the foundation is healthy, clean, and hydrated will help prevent additional hair loss caused by clogged follicles and buildup. We recommend talking to your hair care expert at Beauty on Bank hair salon in South Ottawa about which scalp care products are best suited for your personal needs but we do love Nioxin and Living Proof Scalp Care Revitalizing Treatment!
We also recommend giving those locks a little extra loving during this time by making sure to provide strands with the protein they’re craving (check out Joico’s K-Pak!). It’s also important to be gentler with your hair at this time to prevent additional, unnecessary breakage.
The hair specialists at Beauty on Bank hair salon, the best salon in South Ottawa, have your back (and hair!) throughout this awkward shedding time so don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding your hair growth and health!
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The Hair Specialists at Beauty on Bank Hair Salon in South Ottawa