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Seasonal Hair Loss – Myth or Reality?

seasonal-hair-loss-thinning-hair-womenMany women begin to notice significant hair loss in late autumn, particularly in October and November, leading many to believe that hair loss could be seasonal.

Around this time of year many women become aware of more hair being lost during washing or brushing than normal. After careful analysis Swedish researchers have confirmed that some hair loss is indeed seasonal.

Humans tend to shed between 50 and 100 hairs every day, a direct result of the hair growth phases. A typical strand of hair has a life cycle of between 24 and 72 months (2 and 6 years) during which time it will grow normally. However around 10 per cent of a person’s hair may be in a “resting” phase (known as telogen), at which point the hair can fall out.

Research suggests that women experience slightly higher rates of telogen during the month of July, which sees the affected hairs falling out around 100 days later, in mid October or November. Exactly why this happens is unclear, but some suggest that stress brought on by summer heat may provide some explanation.

Swedish scientists examining this phenomenon suggest that women grow more hair during summer months to protect their scalps from hot sun and ultraviolet radiation. Come the autumn this additional growth is no longer required and is therefore shed.

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The Ludwig Scale of Female Pattern Hair Loss

Is my hair loss seasonal?

Hair loss in October and November may have been a purely seasonal phenomenon for many women, the results of which are barely visible. However, some women may have found themselves losing much more every day than the 50 to 100 one would generally expect. It is only through close observation that you can know for sure. A good indication of whether you are experiencing excessive hair fall is to look at your parting – often, thinning hair will cause the parting to look wider.

Although some hairloss is perfectly normal, so too is regrowth. Occasionally people may lose significant amounts of hair on a daily basis, but speedy regrowth means that the loss is not noticeable.

If you notice slow regrowth, or hair falling out in a specific pattern, such as at the temples or the crown, this could be an indicator of a more permanent underlying hair loss condition.

Typically, consistent shedding in specific areas around the top of the scalp is known in women as female pattern hair loss, or Androgenic Alopecia to give it it’s scientific name.

More than just Autumn?

Minoxidil Hair Loss Treatment for Men and WomenAlthough seasonal shedding may be noticeable to you, the entire process is perfectly normal and no cause for concern.  Seasonal hair loss is common amongst all mammals, including humans, although it is not restricted to Autumn. Women may also experience slightly higher levels of hair loss during the Spring, although the autumnal loss will be more noticeable.

For women affected by thinning hair all year round or in defined patches, it can be beneficial to take professional advice from a hair loss specialist. They will not only assess what is causing the shedding but will also discuss the range of treatments available to stabilise this hair loss and encourage regrowth.

Among the many hair loss treatments available to Belgravia Centre clients is the clinically-approved Minoxidil. Minoxidil helps increase blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles, ensuring delivery of essential nutrients to the hair in order to promote regrowth in “resting” hair follicles.

Many women have benefited from following treatment plans from Belgravia and there are numerous examples featured in our Success Stories gallery which can help to give hope to those stressed by their thinning.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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6 Comments

27th October, 2014 at 11:29 am

Doris Newsome

Hi yes my thing is hair loss on top of head and very thin it take year to grow in this length on top but haven't caught up with the side

27th October, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Doris,

Thinning hair and hair loss on the top of your head could indicate female pattern hair loss. If you would like to speak to a hair loss expert about this, please call us on 020 7730 6666 to book your free consultation or you can complete our Online Consultation Form.

7th November, 2016 at 12:02 am

Shannon

Ive had short & thin hair from the time i could walk, especially my sides are bald. So i have always wore a weave or braids to hide, cause i was tease growing up. Nov 18 last year i was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, so from chemo i am bald. Im 48yrs old and i wanted to know if there anything that i can use or will i ever have a chance.

7th November, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Shannon, we would be happy to advise you, however we would need more information than this to give you a thorough personal assessment. If you are based in or near London we recommend booking a free consultation at one of our Central London hair loss clinics. If you are outside London or abroad, you may find our online consultation more convenient.

1st February, 2017 at 7:42 am

Tarun

Does the hairs which have fallen in winters grow again in summers?

6th February, 2017 at 11:16 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Tarun, we hope this response helps to answer your query.

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