Hair Shedding In Autumn – Myth or Reality?
Find Out More At Simone Thomas Hair Loss Clinic in Dorset
As we head into autumn it can sometimes seem that the leaves are not the only thing beginning to fall. If you start to notice your hair shedding more than usual, you may be wondering if this is part of a normal seasonal pattern or a sign of a bigger problem.
At our hair loss clinic in Westbourne our team of fully trained trichologists is here to advise you. There are many factors that impact on how many strands we shed on a daily basis including seasonal changes to the hair’s growth cycles.
Seasonal Hair Loss Advice and Treatments Near Me
The Hair’s Growth Cycle
At any given time, around 85- 90% of the hairs on the average person’s head are in the anagen phase, which means they are actively growing. The remaining 10-15% of the hairs are in the telogen or resting phase.
Hair is in the anagen phase for around 2-4 years before naturally entering the resting phase for around 2-4 months. After this is sheds to make room for the new hair growth. On average, you can expect to shed up to 100 hairs every day, which is considered normal and healthy.
Could My Hair Loss Be Seasonal?
Many people report an increase in hair shedding during the autumn months and scientists have been studying the phenomenon. They have discovered that many people, particularly women, find that their hair grows more during the summer months, possibly to protect the head from UV radiation and sunlight. Once the weather cools in the autumn months, this excess hair is no longer needed so it starts to shed. Other scientists have suggested that the body is simply reacting to changes in daylight and temperature which triggers hormonal changes that can affect the hair.
This increase in shedding during the autumn should be temporary and those hairs you’ve lost will eventually be replaced by new ones.
If you are concerned that you are continuing to see clumps of hair falling out in the shower and your parting is becoming more obvious, book an appointment at our Bournemouth Trichology Clinic and our expert team can assess your scalp and offer advice and treatment.
Excessive Hair Loss – Diagnosis
There are a number of factors which can cause our hair to start to thin and fall out. These include
- Major surgery
- Physical trauma such as a sporting injury or car accident
- Serious psychological stress such as divorce
- Illness, infection or a high fever
- Extreme weight loss through diet or illness
- Iron deficiency
- Abrupt hormonal changes such as childbirth & menopause
All these factors can trigger a condition call Telogen Effluvium. Sufferers will shed around 300 hairs a day due to an increased amount of hair (around 30%) going into the resting phase and then shedding.
Other hair loss conditions include male and female pattern baldness, alopecia and more. Find out more here.
We specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of scalp and hair disorders in our Dorset hair loss clinic and can provide expert advice and treatments. Your first step if you are concerned about hair loss, thinning hair or scalp issues is to book in for a consultation with one of our resident trichologists. If caught early, we can often improve your condition so please get in touch as soon as possible.
Treatments For Hair Loss
Whatever the cause of your hair loss, there is lots you can do to optimise your scalp’s health and the condition of your remaining hair.
- Start by eating a healthy, well balanced diet. For more advice on how to achieve this, take a look at Simone’s book Healthy Hair, Happy Body.
- Consider taking supplements to promote heathy hair and skin. Simone Thomas’s own range of award-winning supplements is available here.
- Wear your hair loose whenever you can. Tight buns and pony tails can exacerbate hair shedding.
- Take good care of your hair and scalp with regular cuts and Davines treatments at our Westbourne salon.
- Book an appointment at Simone Thomas Trichology Clinic in Dorset and we can assess your hair and recommend the most appropriate hair loss treatments. We offer a full range and can work with you to find the most appropriate once we’ve helped diagnose your hair loss condition.
Contact Simone Thomas Trichology Clinic in Bournemouth
Call Simone Thomas Trichology Clinic on the number at the bottom of the page or alternatively you can book online or request a consultation by completing the form below.