We all want to protect our skin and hair during the summer months and on holiday, however the adverse effects of the heat on our hair can be difficult to control. Seasonal hair loss is a problem than both men and woman can experience. If this is something you suffer from, there are plenty of steps you can take to manage the problem. In most cases the hair will grow back, though if there is permanent loss due to an underlying condition, the hair transplant cost is much more reasonable than you might think.
The problem of seasonal hair loss what causes it
Immediate hair loss in hot weather can be due to many environmental factors: tying hair back more frequently, clumping due to using sun cream, increased swimming and more showers. Research however suggests that most hair loss occurs a few months after exposure to heat. A 2010 study of 800 women over six years found that the highest instance of telogen hairs, hairs getting ready to fall out, was in summer. This means the most hair loss occurred September through to November. Seasonal hair loss is therefore not always immediate.
There are many theories as to why this occurs. It could be evolutional i.e. the sun provides protection to the head and is no longer needed just after summer so it sheds. Heat is also thought to inflame the hair follicles which in turns forces them to enter the ‘telogen’ phase and fall out prematurely. We lose about 100 hairs a day naturally, though seasonal hair loss can cause much more than this.
How can I protect against seasonal hair loss?
The best course of action is to reduce your direct exposure to the heat of the sun. Staying indoors is much easier if you are at home or work. If you are travelling or on holiday, make sure your wear a hat or use a parasol to block direct sunlight. This may mean wearing a swimming cap when in water as sunlight can cause more damage to the skin and hair during water-based activities due to the reflective nature of water.
Applying warm coconut oil once a week to the scalp is thought to be a great treatment to combat hair loss. As coconut oil penetrates the hair follicle well, repairing damage and protecting the hair from falling out.
Will I need treatment?
Seasonal hair loss doesn’t usually need treatment as the hair is likely to grow back but if you are someone who suffers from a pre-existing condition such as Androgenetic Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness, the problem may worsen. Sometimes hair can thin in patches or generally all over. If this is the case, it may be worth considering a hair transplant. There are lots of injectable hair treatments available for this problem and some people have success though they are expensive. The cos of a hair transplant is often worth it for a guaranteed result with the hair naturally sculpted to your hairline with little chance of it falling out again.