Did you know that a human sheds an average of a hundred strands of hair on a daily basis?
While this is known to be normal behavior, anything above this is can be considered a reason to panic.
With that out of the way, most people experience excessive hair fall during summers and more commonly in the winters.
Is it common? Or has it got something to do with balding? Let’s find out in this article.
Is hair fall in winter natural?
The short answer is, yes. Losing excessive hair during the winters is legit.
But, if it makes you any better, the reason for seasonal hair fall is natural. As unsettling as it may seem, it sure is not a cause for panic, unless you have some other medical condition, which can be confirmed with a quick visit to the dermatologist.
What is the reason for excessive hair fall in winter?
While studies have provided many theories or reasons for excessive hair fall during winter, we will talk about the two main reasons behind it.
The first reason is most likely due to the hair growth cycle. The human hair growth cycle comprises of three phases.
Growth phase: The growth phase or the Anagen phase is when you notice a lot of hair growth or more hair on your head. This when the hair starts growing from the follicle and the growth phase of a single strand of hair lasts between two to six years.
Intermediary phase: The intermediary or catagen phase starts once the anagen phase ends. It is a transitional phase when the growth of hair remains unchanged, before entering the last phase of the cycle. It generally lasts 10 days.
Resting phase: The resting or telogen phase is when the hair falls out of the follicle and remains inactive for three months, after which, the whole cycle is repeated again.
So, we shed our hair based on this cycle. Thankfully, not every strand of hair on our shed goes through this cycle at the same time. If it was that way, we would go bald during every telogen phase.
We tend to have more hair just before we enter the telogen phase and due to this, we naturally notice excessive hair fall once we enter the phase. Researchers believe that most people in the world enter the telogen phase during winters. Thus, excessive hair fall.
Another common reason for excessive hair fall during the winters is due to hair and scalp getting excessively dry. This happens due to the dry winter air sucking the moisture from your mane.
As a result of dry hair, it breaks. You also tend to develop dandruff on your scalp due to the dryness, which is another hair health condition causing excessive hair fall during winter.
While these are the common causes of excessive hair fall during winter, the good news is that you sure can take steps to help your hair and lessen the damage during winter. Below are a few tips.
1. Oil massage
There is nothing more effective and nourishing for your hair than an oil massage during winters or any season for that matter.
Massaging your hair and scalp regularly is the best thing you can do to moisturize and lessen hair fall during winter.
You may use olive or almond oil to provide your hair and scalp with the required vitamins and fatty acids for nourishment. You can also use bhringraj oil for better results.
2. Eat right
We at RedHeal cannot stress more about the importance of eating right, not just for hair health, but also for your overall health.
Eating a balanced and healthy diet is a fool-proof way to ensure that your hair gets all the vital nutrients and vitamins for its overall health.
If you find it hard to address your eating habits or include the right foods to promote hair growth and health, you can choose dietary supplements after Consulting a Doctor.
3. Use chemical-free products
Chemicals are an enemy for your hair. It damages your hair, excessively strips the natural oils off of its surface, causes irritation to the scalp, and much more.
In order to avoid this damage, we recommend always choose a product that is free of chemicals.
4. Avoid heat
As mentioned above, excessive dryness breaks your hair. So, it is important that you avoid heat in the form of heat styling for good hair health.
It is also recommended to not use hot water for hair wash as the hot water easily drys your hair and scalp.
5. Use a conditioner
Using a conditioner after shampooing can lock the moisture in your hair, preventing it from going dry and eventually breaking.
However, make sure that you use a chemical-free conditioner in this case as well.
As mentioned above, shedding up to a hundred strands of hair is normal, do look out for excessive shedding which might not be due to the above reasons or which is more than normal.
The best way to confirm your worries is by Checking with a Dermatologist. Contact us to book your consultation today.