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What’s Normal When It Comes to Hair Shedding?
by Angela Santoriello
“It’s all good!” That is what you must tell yourself this fall if panicking over the notable hair loss on your brush and at the bottom of the shower or sink.
As a matter of fact expect to see more strands falling out in the fall, said Dr. Francesca Fusco, reports Harper’s Bazaar. “It's an evolutionary adaptation to keep more hair on your head in the summer months to shield from the sun, so it can look excessive when it falls out starting late August or early September," explained Fusco. The New York City dermatologist said though along with “normal” year-long shedding of 50-100 strands a day, losing more during the season change is just as common.
Another notable fact for fall shedding, according to Fusco, is noticing a difference in hair strands. "You should see a little white bulb on the end which indicates that it's a telogen hair, meaning it was ready to fall out and there's a new hair coming out of the follicle behind it," said Fusco.
To lessen the blow and still have a full head of hair for a great blow out, consider cutting back on hair styling tools, only using them a few days a week. While turning off the tools, turn on the steam. Advising “patients to prepare their hair for the change in seasons by adding a humidifier to their bedroom and spiking it with a few drops of lavender oil,” Fusco said medical research proves the aromatherapy treatments prevent shedding and loss.
Lastly, the doctor said to consider prenatal vitamins regardless if carrying a child since the minerals promote and strengthen growth. Also speaking with Prevention, Fusco continues to count many other reasons for hair loss aside from seasonal shedding that include hereditary, hormonal, autoimmune, anemia and medical related conditions. But again, before fretting, note the difference.
“The wind and rain are bad enough, but autumn’s return has another sting in its tail: you’ll lose more hair, say Swedish researchers,” reports the Daily Mail, adding “In a study published in the journal Dermatology, the scientists followed more than 800 healthy women over six years and found that they lost the most hair in the autumn months.”
Explaining how a “ human hair grows between two and six years,” and “at any one time, 90 per cent of our hair is growing, while the remainder is in a resting state for between two to six months, before it falls out,” the Daily Mail reports how the process is repeated again after three months.
“The Swedish researchers found that women had the highest proportion of resting hairs in July — with the telogen state in most of them ending around 100 days later, from October onwards,” reports the Daily Mail, adding. “This pattern is thought to be evolutionary: the body holds on to hair to protect the scalp against the summer’s midday sun.”
So there you have it. There is no reason to panic if you notice more hair around the house this fall, so just sit back, relax and enjoy the awesome autumn weather.
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