Hair Loss

Why I am shedding so much hair?

Why do I shed more in autumn?

Over the past few weeks I have noticed my hair is shedding more than usual.  I can see around 25 to 30 hairs on my pillow every morning, and a whole load more in the bath tub after my showers. 

I won’t lie, it is slightly concerning, but I am aware that autumn can be a brutal season for losing hair. In fact, after researching the subject of ‘seasonal hair loss’ it turns out this is very normal, and that is is perfectly natural to shed excessive amounts of hair at the end of summer season. 

Come to think of it, I do recall severe hair shedding during this time of the year in previous autumns gone by, so it doesn’t worry me too much. I guess it all depends on how quickly my hair grows as we enter winter.  After all, winter is meant to be the best season for strong hair growth.

So what is seasonal shedding? 

Seasonal shedding is when we shed more hair in certain seasons than others.  According to my research, most of us tend to shed the most in the summer, but many of us, including me, shed more hair in autumn. It depends on each individual.

Humans operate much the same way as animals do – We shed during certain parts of the year in order to grow new ‘fur’ for other seasons.  Hence why winter is usually a good season for hair growth.  

Although quite severe, the shedding that I am currently experiencing isn’t bad enough that it can be noticed, but if you suffer from pattern baldness, then any form of shedding isn’t particularly good for your cause.  Seasonal shedding can play havoc with a balding man (or women), so it is crucial you take the right steps in order to avoid more shedding than necessary. 

How to prevent shedding

Unfortunately, stopping the pattern of seasonal shedding is near impossible, but there are ways in which you can minimise the amount of hair fall.  

It really is a case of tightening up your hair care routine, and making sure your strands are getting the right minerals, nutrients, vitamins and care.  A good, hair strengthening biotin or argan oil based shampoo is very effective solution for hair loss. I am always raving on about the OGX shampoo range – they’re rich in ingredients and cheap in price – so be sure to check them out.

Also, make sure you are getting plenty of hair beneficiary vitamins into your diet on a daily basis.  Many of you will know that I take the hair supplement, HR23+, which provides me with all the vitamins and minerals I need for better hair growth. 

Finally, it should really go without saying, if you want healthy hair then you need to be living a healthy lifestyle.  Your hair is no different to any other part of your body – the better you treat it the better it will grow! Eat well, live well, and see your hair benefit.

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You can follow a few hair hygiene tips to make your hair less likely to fall out: Avoid hairstyles that pull on the hair - Avoid high-heat hair styling tools - Don't chemically treat or bleach your hair - Use a shampoo that's mild and suited for your hair - Use a soft brush made from natural fibers - Try low-level light therapy.

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