As seasons change, particularly between Summer and Autumn, hair follicles might experience stress and naturally enter Telogen (resting) phase. The stress one might experience during the summer takes two to three months to show side effects, due to the stages of the hair growth cycle. Seasonal hair loss is a form of telogen effluvium, or stress-related hair loss that occurs after events that shock the follicles into an inactive state.
Is Autumn Hair Loss Temporary?
Fortunately for most, autumn hair loss is not permanent. In some cases, hair begins to regrow naturally after the stress subsides and hair can continue into a regular growth cycle. Just as the leaves fall off of a tree as the seasons change, your hair might shed slightly more when the weather turns.
A study from the journal of Dermatology in 2010 followed 800 healthy women over a period of six years. The study found that the women being observed had mostly “resting” hairs during July, causing it to shed in early Fall. (i)
After hair falls out, the follicles rest for a few months before transitioning back into the Anagen stage of active hair growth.
How to Fight Temporary Hair Loss
Though autumn hair loss passes with time, it should still be taken seriously because it might indicate an underlying medical issue or androgenic alopecia, a form of permanent baldness that affects millions across America.
To test the level of hair loss you’re experiencing and whether or not it’s a cause of concern, run your fingers through your hair and put any lost strands on a piece of white paper. If you see more than 10 hairs, but less than 15, you might be a victim of seasonal hair loss. However, more than 15 hairs might indicate a more serious condition like androgenic alopecia.
If your hair isn’t growing normally after a few months, and you’re beginning to feel self conscious about your shedding locks, low-level laser therapy can help fight autumn hair loss because it reenergizes the hair follicles back to the growth phase more rapidly. Because it’s temporary, undergoing transplant surgery is not a form of therapy recommended for seasonal hair loss. But, if you’re fighting a more permanent condition, a combination of hair transplant surgery and LLLT therapy fights the condition aggressively and efficiently.
Hair Transplants and LLLT in Miami
If you’re unsure of whether your hair loss is temporary due to seasonal change or more serious, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami at (877) 443-9070. Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose are experts in the field of hair restoration and can help you better understand your individual hair loss and address potential underlying issues.