Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. It also offers an opportunity to refresh your hair care regimen to make sure that it works well with the changes in the hair growth cycle that come with the change in seasons.
We all lose hair follicles every single day regardless of whether we are experiencing any issues that we would consider “hair loss.” On average, we shed about 50 to 100 strands per day. However, spring brings with it an increase in hair loss. While research suggests that spring hair loss remains within the healthy range of 50 to 100 strands per day, you’re more likely to see closer to the high-end of 100 strands fall our per day.
If you have concerns about excessive hair shedding or are experiencing signs of pattern baldness, any extra hair loss is too much extra hair loss. If you want to keep your hair and scalp as healthy and resilient as possible this spring, consider these three spring hair care tips:
- Scalp Sunscreen
Bald individuals or those with thinning hair are particularly vulnerable to sunburn on the scalp. Scalp sunburn can not only be the result of having thinning or absent hair; it can also cause hair loss. A deep or severe enough sunburn on the scalp can lead to inflammation which in turn can cause a short-term hair loss condition called telogen effluvium.
If you are planning on spending even a small amount of time in the sun, use scalp sunscreen. There are numerous sunscreen products specially formulated for application to the hair and scalp. Consider oils with UVA/UVB protection incorporated so you don’t end up with greasy strands full of thick, white sunscreen. These also protect the hair itself from the sun, which can fade color when it oxidizes.
- Use Conditioner
2-in-1 shampoos and conditioners have become commonplace, but they don’t make common sense. Shampooing and conditioning are two separate processes that are at odds with each other. While shampooing opens up hair cuticles and releases product and dirt build-up, conditioning closes those cuticles and restores needed moisture into the hair shaft. Keep these two hair care regimens separate to maximize hair health
- Style Your Hair With Loose Up-Dos
With long hair, you may be tempted to pull strands back from the face. However, many slicked-back up-do’s cause tension on follicles. Over time, this tension and strain can lead to follicle shock and traction alopecia, which disrupts the natural cycle of growth. This condition is one of many that manifests as thinning or shedding hair.
Everyone needs to tie their hair back once in a while, but traction alopecia prevention is essential.
If you want to pull your hair from the nape of your neck on a hot summer day or during exercise, opt for a loose up-do or bun. Avoid sharp bobby pins and rubber hair ties for a more natural, soft look. If you have heavier hair, pull strands back into a low bun or ponytail so the added lifted weight does not put additional strain on the scalp.
Schedule Your Personalized Hair Loss Evaluation Today
No matter what the season, we invite you to schedule a hair loss evaluation at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Our Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years of combined experience.
To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.