I love fall for so many different reasons. With fall comes gorgeous fall foliage, cozy oversized knits, cool crips air, hot apple cider, and…… hair loss?
Something happens around the beginning of fall that causes me to completely loose my sh*t for a good week or two. I endure at least one –sometime two– mild panic attacks ever time I take a shower. The cause of my mid-wash meltdown? Hair loss. I’m talking handfuls in the shower; enough to clog up an industrial size drain. (Ok, so maybe not THAT much but it seems like more than normal) I find hair all over my sweatshirts, and excess amounts of hair left over on my brush.
What. The. Actual. F*ck ?! NO ONE likes seeing excess hair on the bathroom floor… and I mean NO ONE.
The first time this happened to me, I went into complete panic overdrive. Was I going bald? Is this what happens once you get older? IS THIS THIRTY?!?! Wait, could it be diet? Stress? WHAT IS IT?!
This would occur for a few weeks and then, miraculously, my hair would calm down and all would be well. [Minus the fact that my hair seemed significantly thinner… or was that just my imagination??] My meltdowns became less hysterical after I started noticing a trend year after year. I finally decided it was time to figure out exactly why my locks were leaving me every September. I hopped on my computer and went straight to my longtime trusted friend, Google. Here’s what I discovered:
Seasonal hair loss is a thing.
As the seasons change; and we say adieu to summer and hello to fall, our hair *temporarily* begins to fall out.
»Fall causes fallout. Literally.«
There are three phases to hair growth. The Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen phase. I’m not going to bombard you with scientific jargon but here’s what you need to know about the Telogen phase. The Telogen phase is the resting phase when your hair is no longer growing. It’s still attached to your head but nutrients are no longer being fed into the hair follicle. [Kinda like a high-school graduate who’s been cut off but still lingers at their parents house refusing to leave] After your strands get tired of just ‘hanging out’ they decide to move on to bigger and better things. Hair strands begin to fall out one by one making room for new baby hairs to sprout. Tada!
Research shows that the number of hairs in the Telogen Phase is highest in July. Which means, that by the time autumn rolls around, you –just like the trees around you– start to shed. Did you know that your hair is thickest during the summer months? Our bodies hold on to hair to shield and protect our scalps from the sun. [Smart] Once summer ends, you being to release the extra hairs that you have been holding on to. This cycle is repeated over and over again. Mother nature is fascinating, isn’t it?
So, the good news is that YOU ARE NOT GOING BALD.
You can go ahead and step away from the Rogaine.
Unfortunately since this
natural disaster process is natural and normal, you can’t exactly STOP seasonal hair loss. You can, however, give your locks some extra TLC this upcoming fall season.
Here are some tips on how to keep your locks healthy and happy as the seasons change:
- Take your Biotin. Although Biotin wont prevent your hair from falling out, it will keep your hair strong, healthy, and growing at a good pace. I try to take the highest dosage of Biotin daily. I know I’ll never have Rapunzel’s hair but that wont stop me from trying. You can also increase your consumption of biotin friendly foods such as eggs, sweet potatoes, almonds, spinach, and cauliflower.
- Hydrate your hair. As the seasons change so does the air around you. Cold air depletes your hair of much needed moisture. Make sure to use a weekly hair mask to keep your hair moisturized and hydrated. I love using Moroccanoil Hydrating mask once a week (sometimes even twice a week in the winter months).
- Go Au-natural during the week. Try to let your hair air dry 80% of the time. I ONLY blow dry and straighten my hair on the weekends when I know I’ll be going out. The rest of the time? It’s au-natural for me. If you’re go to hairstyle entails a pony please make sure to use a gentle rubber band ( Arn’t scrunchies back in style now???) to prevent breakage and added stress to your already delicate hair.
- Massage please! Massaging your scalp increases blood flow which helps bring nutrients to the hair. I like to make my fiancé massage my head while we watch tv (Thanks babe!) Avoid scratching your head as this may actually cause damage to the hair follicles. I own this head massager and highly recommend it for nice and relaxing end of day head massage.
- Lastly take a moment to breathe. Stress causes hair loss. So, by stressing out about loosing your hair you are actually further causing more hair loss. Take a deep breath, do some yoga, and remember, everything will be okay, sister!
You might experience excess hair loss the fall but remember, you also get Pumpkin Spice Lattes, so at least there’s that.