Winter is here and seasonal hair loss affects most of us, but how do you know if you are experiencing excessive hair loss?
We’ve all been there: you are brushing your hair and it looks as if someone had torn a hair bundle from our heads. Don’t worry, changing seasons affects the amount of hair we lose. To be able to determine whether we are shedding too much hair, we should start by understanding the stages of the hair growth cycle:
- Anagen: the growth phase
- Catagen: intermediate phase
- Telogen: the resting phase which signals the start of the shedding.
Around 100 days after entering into telogen hair is likely to fall out –this is called the exogen phase. Hair strands are expected to be released from their follicles during this phase, then the cycle starts all over again.
The normal amount of hairs we lose a day is 100, but, if you are noticing bald patches it’s because hair is not growing back again and, in that case, you should consult an expert.
Provided you are noticing a little more fallout than usual, you shouldn't worry, it’s perfectly normal. There are, however, some ways to help your hair:
Take care of your scalp
There are some special treatments to keep your scalp healthy and you can also resort to scalp massage –especially useful to increase blood flow in your scalp and aid the growth of hair.
Keep a healthy diet
Yes, your diet also has an impact on your hair. Avoid restrictive diets and be sure to increase your iron intake, include leafy greens and fatty acids as well.
Supplements will not actually stop your hair from falling out, but they can strengthen and thicken your existing hair strands –this will increase the volume of your hair.
Avoid excessive styling
Styling with hot tools dries out the hair fiber and may even burn your scalp, so you may want to try a hairdryer with a low heat function.
Reduce abrasion against rough surfaces
You might want to turn to bamboo drying towels and a silk pillowcase to reduce friction and minimize the possibility of damaging your hair.
Use a quality brush and try not to untangle your hair while it is still wet as wet swollen hair fibers tend to over-stretch and break.
Now that you know hair shedding is perfectly normal, you may want to try these tips to make it stronger!
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