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Summer hair loss is real. Say thank you to our heritage

We all love summer for tanned skin, cute freckles, ice cream and fresh fruits. But… there are also things which don’t make us so happy anymore – hair loss!

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Yes, unfortunately you read it correct. With increasing temperature, the hair can fall out. To check it out and find all the details how to avoid it, we reached out the Aveda partner LoGerfo.

It’s true that in summer you can lose more hair. From historical point of view, it’s explained as long ago animals used to melt their hair in hot days under the summer. So, if it’s happened with you already – say thank you to your mammalian heritage

LoGerfo says that it makes total sense: while we enjoy long hot summer days, our skin and scalp is sweating under the sun and experience sunlight exposure, which can lead to hair loss.

It’s not a random fact: remember, that many animals have a ‘winter coat’ with thick fur, which they lose or fade in summer? It’s possible that we do more or less the same thing – more ultraviolet radiation = less hair.

LoGerfo adds “I can confirm clinically the existence of seasonal hair shedding, I can confirm that seasonal shedding is the most common complaint of hair loss patients in our clinic. It occurs from late summer through fall.”

To cut the statement short: if you’re experiencing the hair loss every summer, it’s true, you’re not imagining it!

If You’re losing hair, You’re not alone

Studies shows that people google “hair loss” much more in summer and autumn. It means that people experience it in hot weather and have consequences in autumn.

Hormones and genetics also play a role

LoGerfo mentions that it’s not only heat to blame for hair loss, but also changes in hormones. To be more exact – testosterone, melatonin and thyroid hormones play its role in hair fall. Don’t worry, it can happen even with the healthiest people with lush hair. If your hormones are off-balance, don’t hesitate to have a consultation with your doctor.

Happily shedding doesn’t happen all at once – each hair has its stage at different time. Each hair can grow 1 centimeter monthly with growing phase for 3-5 years (if it’s well moisturized). After that it stops growing and falls out. It’s normal to lose up to 150 hairs daily. If you lose more, it can be the illness.

The grow speed depends on genetics. If anagen period is determined to be longer, hair will grow more. Anagen is 85 to 90% of all hairs on a person’s head at any one time. Anagen is the sweet spot. When your hair is in anagen, it is growing slowly but surely.

If you face the problem of hair loss, try this, it can help

  • First of all, stop worrying – the calmer you are, the better it is for your health=hair. Try to find new hobby or activity which will make you happy, don’t eat junk food and spend more time with friend. Yes, it’s hard to believe, but it helps.
  • Don’t buy every miracle shampoo/serum/vitamins/etc. which you saw on Instagram. Consult your doctor first.
  •  “Scalp camouflage can also help,” LoGerfo adds. Try haircuts and color, via sprays or powders, hair texturizing products.”
  • Finally, remember, that in most cases it’s just a seasonal problem and it will pass. If you’re too worried, consult the doctor. Keep calm and take care of yourself.
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