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How to Prevent Fall Hair Shedding

How to Prevent Fall Hair Shedding

As the calendar changes from summer to autumn, the air gets cooler, the sun sets earlier, and leaves gently fall from the trees. But those leaves may not be the only things coming loose from their perches in autumn. The shorter and cooler days which follow the long summer can also cause an increase in hair shedding.

While the reasons for autumnal hair shedding in the fall are not the same as for trees shedding their leaves, they are both perfectly normal results of the change of seasons. But normal as it may be, no one wants to see more hair on their shower floor or stuck in their hairbrush. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take that can keep fall shedding to a minimum as you head into the holiday season.

What Causes Autumn Hair Shedding?

Between summer and fall, hair follicles can experience elevated stress levels and naturally enter a resting phase called Telogen. During this phase, the roots of your hair go dormant and fall out at a higher rate for about four to six weeks. This type of seasonal hair loss is a form of telogen effluvium, or stress-related hair loss that happens after events that shock the follicles into an inactive state.

The good news is that autumnal hair loss is usually a temporary phenomenon. After the stress subsides, hair should grow back naturally, and follicles should return to their regular growth cycle.

How to Fight Fall Hair Shedding

Though most hair loss in the fall resolves itself on its own, it can still be an alarming and unwelcome new issue for those already dealing with hair loss. Additionally, increased hair shedding may be an indication of something other than a change of seasons, such as an underlying medical issue medical problem or androgenic alopecia.

If leaves are the only things you want to see falling by the wayside this autumn, try these simple tips to limit your seasonal hair loss:

  • Massage your scalp. A healthy head of hair starts with a healthy scalp. Cooler temperatures can reduce blood flow to the scalp and contribute to hair loss. You can stimulate your sebaceous oil glands and increase blood circulation to your scalp by massaging it every day.
  • Use conditioner. Dryer weather can make your hair more brittle and prone to split-ends or breakage. Weekly deep conditioning treatments can help strengthen your follicles and keep them moisturized heading into the dry winter.
  • Watch those stress levels. Stress is a big culprit when it comes to increased hair shedding, and the upcoming holiday season can be an extremely stressful time for many people. To avoid telogen effluvium (TE), or stress-related hair loss, find effective ways to reduce stress. That could be mean exercising regularly, setting aside short periods for meditation or reading, or simply turning off your screens and gadgets for a spell – whatever works for you.

Fall is A Great Time to Schedule a Hair Loss Evaluation at The Miami Hair Institute

Hair loss can be a problem no matter what season. If you are experiencing hair loss that may be more than a seasonal phenomenon and are ready to do something about it, please contact the Miami Hair Institute.  Our skilled physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases through advanced hair restoration surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Women and Hair Loss: Top 4 Signs

Women and Hair Loss: Top 4 SignsHair loss in women is more common than many may think, amounting to nearly 20 million females in America alone.  Most women do not notice signs of thinning or balding in their hair until the age of 50 or 60, long after it has already begun.  It may take women much longer to notice the signs of hair loss compared to men because they tend to wear their hair longer, effectively hiding telltale symptoms of hair loss for many years.  Women also lose hair across the entire top of the head, in contrast to men who typically lose hair in concentrated areas like the crown or temple.  This wider, more dispersed pattern of hair loss adds to the difficulty of early detection.

Yet it is early detection, evaluation, and treatment that are the 3 keys to effectively treating hair loss in women.  Early detection is perhaps most important, as hair loss is most effectively treated during the early stages of development.  For this reason, it is important that women learn to recognize the signs of hair loss while also performing regular self-examinations to ensure symptoms are caught as soon as they become visible.

Top 4 Signs of Female Hair Loss

Female hair loss manifests itself in a variety of ways; learning to recognize the signs of thinning or balding is the best way to diagnose and treat the condition early, which ultimate creates better results.  The most common signs to look for include the following:

  1. Thinning hair:  Unlike men, hair loss in women tends to develop in a general or widespread area throughout the top of the head.  Women must pay particular attention to this region, checking regularly for noticeable changes in thickness.
  2. A wider “part”:  If you regularly part your hair, take note of the thickness/width of the part.  Parts will appear to become wider as hair loss progresses.
  3. Hair accumulation on pillows, combs, and in the shower:  It is normal for hair to accumulate on our personal items and throughout our living spaces.  However, hair accumulation in these areas will become more pronounced as hair loss progresses.  Here’s a tip:  Look for increases in hair accumulation on the pillow of your bed and the comb you use most.  Effectively monitoring hair accumulation in the shower may be more difficult; some hair is inevitably washed down the drain, and it may be challenging to separate your hair from someone else’s.
  4. A more visible scalp:  Take notice of how much of the scalp is visible when your hair is pulled back.  As hair loss progresses, the underlying scalp will become increasingly visible.

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