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What You Need to Know About Winter Hair Loss
by Jane Meggitt
Winter is tough on every part of the body, and that includes the hair. If you think you’re seeing more hairs on the pillow and hairbrush and in the sink, you aren’t imaging things. If your hair is already thinning, winter just makes the situation worse. Winter hair loss is a real phenomenon, but there are ways to reduce the fallout.
Dry Scalp Skin
Winter dries out skin all over the body. ‘Tis the season for chapped lips and a rough complexion. It isn’t just the cold weather, but the effects of indoor, heated air. Winter affects the scalp, causing more flakiness in the form of dandruff and weakening hair roots. Weaker roots make it easier for hair to fall off. There’s no gender difference – men and women are equally at risk for winter hair loss.
Winter Hair Repair
Keep winter hair loss to a minimum with a few simple actions. Here are some tips:
- Wash hair regularly – many people don’t feel the need to wash their hair as often in winter as in warm weather, since they don’t perspire as much. In reality, it’s important to wash hair frequently in winter to maintain scalp cleanliness and health. For best results, use a medicated, anti-dandruff shampoo.
- Avoid hair oil – while using oil to condition the hair is fine, make sure it’s always thoroughly rinsed out. Don’t go outdoors after using a hair oil product, as all sorts of pollutants – along with ordinary dirt – will stick to it. This exacerbates scalp issues and hair loss.
- Take vitamins – certain vitamins help keep hair healthy. Biotin, a B vitamin, is a good choice, as are special blends designed for hair and nails.
- A good diet – as with every other part of the body, hair thrives on a healthy diet. Since hair is made of protein, it is crucial to consume significant amounts of protein-rich foods. This is often an issue for vegans, since meats, dairy products and eggs are good sources of protein. Beans are a source of non-animal protein.
Winter Hair Cuts
It’s a good idea to get haircuts often in winter, approximately every six to eight weeks. Of course, much depends upon your hair length, but frequent trims get rid of those dry, split ends that encourage breakage. If your hair is long and you want to make a change, winter is the time to do it. A shorter cut adds fullness, specially needed in hair loss season.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!