Is summer hair loss a myth?
The short answer to that question is no – it is not a myth; it is definitely true. Is it something you should necessarily worry about? – probably not but it is something you should be wary of and take precautions. You need to understand the causes, process and symptoms of why you your hair cannot stand the heat in order to confirm whether you have a more long-term hair loss condition or not. Keeping an eye on the health of your hair and seeking out the correct guidance early could save you a whole lot of heartache in the future.
So why does hair loss increase in the summer months?
There are two reasons why hair loss is likely to worsen during the summer months. First of all, as we have mentioned in an earlier article, although the sun can offer great nutrients for the body, it can also cause chaos if you get too much of it. The scalp and hair follicles are possibly the most vulnerable areas to the sunshine. This is one of the reasons that even after evolution, the human head, unlike other parts of the body, still continues to grow hair for protection from the sun’s rays.
The sun causes the hair to dry out, it becomes brittle, this leads to split ends and the hair eventually may die and fall out. The obvious answer to protecting your hair is to wear a hat. Also, wash your hair regularly with a good shampoo. This will help to prevent dryness and get out all that muck since you are probably out and about more too.
If you have a thinner cover of hair and your scalp is almost bare, you may consider sun creams to prevent sun burn which is always a good move, but look for creams or sprays which offer a UV filter.
An increase in the Talogen phase
When you have to much access to the sunshine the scalp responds by changing hair growth phases. There are three natural growth and loss phases our hair goes through all the time:
- The Anagen Phase
- The Catagen Phase
- The Telogen Phase
Excess sun can trigger the release of a hormone which shortens the Anagen phase (hair growth phase) and facilitates the Talogen phase (hair depletion). Hence you can find excess hair in the shower, on your pillow or even on your beach towel!
Just keep an eye open this summer, protect your head and hair and if at all uncertain about excessive hair loss get some advice – but it probably isn’t as bad as you think!
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