The weather outside is frightful (for using public transport at least!) and whilst we secretly enjoy gazing at the snow from the warmth of our clinics, the cold journey to work this morning got us thinking about the affect of this weather on your hair. Below, we bust some myths about cold weather and hair loss, and give you all the information you need to get your hair through the winter.
Ever worried that wearing a hat might make your hair loss worse? You’re not alone: many people worry that this might be the case. Rumours abound on online forums that not giving hair room to ‘breathe,’ or accumulating sweat on the scalp may be bad for hair, or that hair will die when the hat prevents oxygen getting to the scalp.
Luckily though, for all those wearing a hat to keep themselves warm during this chilly period, hats definitely do not cause hair loss. Hats do not prevent oxygen reaching the scalp, and whilst those who constantly wear tight head coverings (such as a turban, for instance) may experience traction alopecia, a normal hat, woolly or otherwise, is pretty harmless.
Tis The Season For Hair Loss Folly
If you’re seeing excess shedding at the moment (we usually lose around 100 hairs a day, so some daily loss is to be expected!) it may well be the season you have to thank. If you’ve been noticing more hair than usual falling out in the past few winter months, you could be experiencing seasonal hair loss.
There are several theories as to why seasonal hair loss occurs; it could be due to the fact that like other mammals, we shed hair to allow a thicker head of hair to grow in its place to keep us warmer through the winter months.
Another potential reason behind seasonal hair loss is that the excessive sweating and stress on the body from being exposed to sun in the summer months could cause the loss. Whatever the reason, hair lost from seasonal shedding should grow back by itself naturally. Seasonal shedding should only appear as a general thinning; patchy hair loss is more likely to be alopecia areata.
And Now For Something Completely Different
What initially looks like seasonal hair loss could be something entirely different if hair does not grow back to its original thickness after a few months. In men, if thinning is accompanied by a receding hair line, or particularly noticeable thinning on the crown, it may be that you’re experiencing pattern hair loss. This genetic condition can be effectively treated with a personalised treatment plan from The Belgravia Centre, which combines clinically proven hair loss medications minoxidil and Propecia with a number of treatment boosters, to treat hair loss via various different approaches.
So, if you’re wearing a hat to keep your head warm, you’re not posing any risk to your locks, but if you’re using it to conceal balding areas, make 2013 the year that you address your hair loss, whatever the weather!
The Belgravia Centre—————————————————————————————————–
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacies produce high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centres or for home-use, 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 hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.