It’s summertime! And with it comes the perfect combo for a blasting time: Say hi to the sun, the waves, and the warm weather! But wait… is that my hair falling out? Many of us will find that we have more hair fall than usual during summer. Have you ever heard of seasonal hair loss?
Well, if you haven’t, it’s more common than you think. And it’s usually temporary. Indeed, summer hair loss is seen in both men and women and is caused by a mixture of internal and external factors.
Keep reading to find out what you can do to make the best out of your summer hair loss phase. And how to promote strong, healthy-looking hair during the sunniest days of the year!
Why do we lose more hair during Summer?
The causes for summer hair loss vary broadly. But all of them have something in common: they are due to follicle damage. How? By increased exposure to external factors like heat, chlorine salt water, and sun rays, among others.
These factors can cause hair to brittle and become dry. And eventually breaking and/or falling out. Plus, hair follicles that survive all year are no longer needed as a shield against the sun, so they just fall out.
The good news is that if you have seasonal hair loss, there are ways to work with the damage done and bring your best hair forward! But first, let’s dive into the reasons why this season affects hair loss for men and women.
Summer Hair Loss in Men and Women
1. Indirect sun (Mostly Men)
Yes. The sun’s direct UV rays can suck in traces of moisture and make your mane dull, dry, and discolored. But did you know that indirect sun rays can also damage your hair?
In fact, it’s thought that indirect sun rays damage scalp hair follicles even more than direct sun rays. Why? Since their heat intensity is felt lower, you can be receiving its damage without even feeling it.
2. Sea salt (Both)
Seawater has a high concentration of minerals and vitamins, which helps to detoxify the skin, reduce swelling, and treat wounds.
But constant saltiness combined with an increase in temperature during the summer may cause hair shedding or other types of hair damage. Why? Because your hair will eventually absorb the salt, leaving it drier and more prone to breakage.
3. Chlorine (Mostly Women)
Let’s be real… Most women don’t like their hair to get wet in the pool, am I right? Along with its chlorine, pool water is generally thought to be dirty and smelly. But what if we gave you a hack that will drastically change how chlorine affects your hair?
It’s so simple you won’t believe us. Next time you go into a pool, try adding a little olive or coconut oil before you dive in. Or, wetting your hair before using shower water. Why? This will make your hair absorb less chlorine, hence allowing less damage on your shaft.
4. Hats (Mostly Men)
While men and women both wear hats, men usually wear them most to hide their already existing hair loss. Unlike what most people think, hats don’t usually pull the hair.
But a very tight hat that puts pressure on the scalp or pulls the hair may. This type of hair loss is called traction alopecia. With time, this will cause scarring and miniaturization of the hair follicles.
5. Bleached hair (Mostly Women)
Dying your hair blonde or a lighter shade during summer is an old time trend. But what happens when your newly dyed hair is exposed to too much of everything during the warm summer days?
Besides leaving your hair with brassy tones and possibly green-tinged ends, your hair may be more sensible due to the chemicals it was recently exposed to. And this sensitivity usually develops into more than usual hair fall.
Bring your BEST hair forward…
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