Why Do I Lose More Hair in the Fall?
Why do we see increased loss particular times of the year?
Is your skin dryer in cooler months?
Is your scalp more sensitive in the fall and itchy in the spring and summer?
Seasonal hair loss is REAL. Like seasonal allergies, our bodies (and hair follicles alike) are trying to fight off allergens created by temperatures, blooming tress, and more.
Increases in hair loss at particular times of the year is not an exact science, however it appears that women suffer from this condition much more than men. Without a direct link to temperature changes, research has identified that as environment changes occur, our bodies change. During more severe cold or warm temperature changes our skin can dry or become oily.
Ah-ha……the hair is a cellular living structure during the anagen/growing phase just as our skin is always producing and shedding! Just as our skin stresses each season, so will our hair.
What can you do?
Check with your hair loss specialist to determine the “actual” cause of the hair loss first. If you are in a stage of reactive (telogen/anagen effluvium) hair loss, take a deep breath, and seek a specialist to help with a short-term aggressive treatment plan to control the shedding and help your hair follicles rebound at a faster than normal rate. This shedding phase is more aggressive than your normal rate of hair loss thus, you will benefit from an aggressive treatment plan.
After determining the cause, treatment should be planned accordingly. Minoxidil and Finasteride are Food and Drug Administration- (FDA) approved medical treatments for genetic hair loss. However, consider more natural treatments such as customized IV Hair Health treatments, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), stimulating scalp treatments and micro needling procedures are also among treatment options. If you are suffering from nutritional deficiencies, treatment will comprise of supplements, and IV therapy. If your hair loss is more complex and due to hormonal disorders such as PCOS or thyroid, you’ll likely be referred to an endocrinologist to fix the root cause and it may take longer to see results.