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Spring Hair Loss Facts and Symptoms

spring hair lossSpring hair loss is concerning among individuals who haven’t been diagnosed with a formal hair loss condition, like hereditary androgenic alopecia or autoimmune-related alopecia areata. Healthy, functioning follicles shed anywhere between 50 to 100 strands per day. Excessive shedding – which initially might lead to a clogged shower drain and later, noticeable thinning on the scalp – is an emotional circumstance that may or may not be linked to a more serious condition.

However, seasonal and spring hair loss is relatively normal. More often, men and women notice increased hair loss in autumn, usually between September and November. The reason more hairs fall out in fall is because follicles frequently enter their resting (telogen) phase mid-summer. The telogen state lasts a few months before hairs eventually release to make way for new hair growth. This timeline is likely an effect of human evolution. Hair growth in the winter helps protect the body against cold weather, which was critical before indoor heating and protective clothing became extensively available. Similarly, hair growth is higher in the summer to protect the scalp from ultraviolet rays and heat.

What is Spring Hair Loss?

A smaller but considerable increase in hair loss also occurs during springtime. Research suggests that both fall and spring hair loss is still within the healthy range of 50 to 100 strands per day. But, you’re more likely to see closer to 100 strands per day fall out in autumn and spring, and closer to 50 strands fall out each day in winter and summer. While seasonal hair loss does exist, patients who notice cyclical shedding are usually within the normal range of healthy hair loss.

Unless you physically count the number of hairs shed per day, it’s not easy to figure out if your hair loss is simply seasonal or the beginning of something more serious. Consider the tell-tale signs of the most common hair loss conditions:

  • Widespread thinning across the scalp (androgenic alopecia)
  • Receding hair line (androgenic alopecia)
  • Horseshoe-shaped pattern at the crown (androgenic alopecia)
  • Sudden bald patches that appear almost overnight (alopecia areata)
  • Complete loss of all bodily hair (alopecia totalis/universalis)
  • Broken, damaged hairs (traction alopecia)
  • Excessive shedding after weight loss, stress or drug treatment (telogen effluvium)

Visiting a hair loss doctor or specialist can put your concerns at ease and, if necessary, help you form a treatment plan to minimize further loss, reactivate follicles or restore areas of balding. For more information on South Florida hair restoration, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami at 305-925-0222.

 

Seasonal Hair Loss

Understanding Seasonal Hair Loss

Seasonal Hair LossWhile temperatures are cooling and the leaves are turning, you might notice something different – and possibly shocking – in your regular grooming routine. Excess hair loss is normal during the fall season and often times is not cause for immediate concern, depending on your current health or past hair loss condition(s).

A single strand of hair has a life cycle between 2-6 years before it sheds naturally. In fact, your scalp sheds anywhere between 50-100 strands per day. As part of the growth cycle, follicles produce new hairs to replace what was lost. There’s an average period of about three months between shedding and regrowth.

Seasonal Hair Loss

In a study conducted in 2010, researchers tracked 800 healthy women over the course of six years. The analysis concluded that the subjects lost the most hair from September through November.

Follicles enter a resting phase, or “telogen” state, more frequently in the middle of summer. Hairs usually shed just a few months later, typically in mid-October to November. The research suggests that the tendency of hairs to enter the telogen state in July is likely due to evolution. In preparation for the fall, follicles rest and shed when they aren’t needed as protection against the sun. Then, when the harsh winter arrives, the body begins producing new hairs to guard against the elements.

Luckily, autumn hair loss is not permanent. However, many other permanent hair loss conditions can begin exhibiting symptoms this time of year. Androgenic alopecia, or pattern baldness, is a serious condition affecting millions of Americans each year. To ensure your autumn hair loss isn’t an indication of a continuing problem, try the hair loss test. Find a piece of plain white paper and run your fingers through your hair, from scalp to tip. If you see more than 10 hairs but less than 15, you’re likely experiencing seasonal hair loss. More than 15 hairs on the paper, however, could indicate a serious condition such as androgenic alopecia.

When is it a problem?

When hair continues to fall out without regrowth, women might experience diffuse thinning. In these cases, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) might be recommended. LLLT is a cutting edge treatment that targets inactive follicles and energizes them to re-enter the growth phase. The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami offers LLLT with Capillus, a leading laser cap provider cleared by the FDA for the promotion of hair growth in men and women. The Capillus272 is a laser cap comprised of 272 laser diodes. For men with patterned baldness, LLLT nourishes follicles prior to surgery and helps with healing after the procedure. Capillus can also be used alongside prescription medications, topical treatments or as a standalone therapy.

If you suspect autumn hair loss might be more serious, contact the Hair Transplant of Miami Institute. Our expert physicians can help diagnose your condition and discuss a treatment plan so you can regain your confidence fast.

What is Autumn Hair Loss?

What is Autumn Hair Loss?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.

Read more about hair loss tests and evaluations.

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.

Sources

(i) http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/autumn-hair-loss-dont-worry-its-perfectly-natural

Temporary Hair Loss: Is It Normal?

Temporary Hair Loss- Is It NormalIs there such a thing as temporary hair loss? The question itself seems counter-intuitive. Thanks largely to the myths and half-truths of American pop culture, hair loss is something we typically associate with old men, and it’s a condition that seems to be permanent and irreversible. This is only partly true, however. Thinning, shedding, and balding affect both men and women of various different ages. Moreover, not all hair loss is permanent. In some cases, hair might begin to re-grow naturally.

Still, it is imperative that men and women learn the difference between temporary hair loss and permanent pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia. On the one hand, research indicates that individuals who suffer with pattern baldness might also be genetically predisposed to other serious health conditions, like coronary heart disease. On the other hand, those who experience temporary hair loss are smart to diagnose it as such to avoid unnecessary stress and anxiety.

Join Dr. Bernard Nusbaum is the video below for a brief overview of the four main causes of temporary hair loss. Then, scroll to the temporary hair loss FAQ section to review these concepts in greater detail.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Temporary Hair Loss

Below are a few of the most common questions regarding temporary hair loss and shedding. After taking a moment to review each, we invite you to leave additional questions or comments in the Comments section of this post.

What is seasonal hair loss?

If think you’ve experienced “seasonal hair loss,” you are not alone. Women in particular report experiencing symptoms of thinning or shedding hair in late September and October. To better understand this phenomenon, it helps to take a moment to review the hair growth cycle.

Hair grows in 3 distinct phases: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. Each phase lasts about 2-6 years, 2-3 weeks, and 2-3 months, respectively. Hair actively grows during the Anagen phase, and the Catagen phase is a separate and distinct growth phase that transitions hair into the Telogen phase. Once in the Telogen phase, hair experiences a period of rest. It is during this resting period, however, that hair can fall out.

According to Swedish researchers, the reason for seasonal hair loss that occurs in the fall might be attributed to the fact that the hair and scalp experience a great deal of stress during summer months. As a consequence, the extra stress might “shock” hairs that are naturally in the Telogen phase, causing them to fall out 2-3 months later. And although the hair loss is perceived in the autumn, it might actually begin to occur in the summer.

Can hair loss occur after pregnancy?

Hair loss is a common occurrence after pregnancy. Many women experience this type of temporary hair loss due to 2 underlying causes: Hormones, and stress. New moms experience a rapid decline in estrogen following childbirth, which might trigger thinning or shedding. New moms are also predisposed to stress-related hair loss after pregnancy, which is referred to as telogen effluvium. One need not go through pregnancy and childbirth to experience telogen effluvium, however (see below).

For more information, visit this article on hair loss and pregnancy.

Can stress cause temporary hair loss?

Stress-related hair loss, or telogen effluvium, can also occur after certain events that “shock” the body. These events might include:

  • Surgery
  • Severe illness
  • Medications
  • Sever emotional stress

For more information, visit this article on female pattern hair loss and telogen effluvium.

Consult a Medical Professional About Hair Loss

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of thinning, shedding, or balding, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami to schedule a comprehensive hair loss evaluation. Our team proudly represents South Florida’s top surgeons, registered nurses, technicians, and technologies. We understand the agony and frustration that accompanies hair loss, and we are committed to helping you develop a customized plan that will create natural results.

Contact us online or call our Institute directly at 1.877.443.9070.

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