Hello Fall, Goodbye Hair! Is Your Hair Loss Seasonal, hormonal or something else?


As the leaves begin to change color and fall from the trees, many of us also start to notice changes in our hair. For some women, this time of year brings an unwelcome surprise: increased hair shedding and thinning hair. If you've noticed more hair in your brush lately, you may be wondering if seasonal hair loss is to blame. Read on to learn more about this phenomenon and what you can do to combat it.


There are a few reasons why your hair may be falling out more in the Fall. One reason is simply the change in seasons. Just like your skin gets drier in the winter, your scalp can also become drier, leading to dandruff and an itchy scalp. When your scalp is dry and irritated, that can lead to inflammation and ultimately hair loss. In addition, the shorter days and lack of sunlight can lead to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which has been linked to hair loss.


Fall is prime time for stress due to back-to-school for the kids, getting everyone settled into new routines, and prepping for the holiday season. As we all know, stress can take a toll on our health in a variety of ways, including hair loss. If you're feeling particularly stressed, it's important to take some time for yourself to relax and de-stress. Try taking a yoga class, going for walks outdoors, or investing in a massage or other spa treatment. You deserve it!


However, if you're noticing significant amounts of hair in your brush or clumps coming out when you shampoo, it could be a sign of a more serious problem, such as hypothyroidism, iron deficiency, a hormonal imbalance such as excess testosterone, or an autoimmune disease.


Many women are unaware that they may be producing too much testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone that is typically associated with men, but women also produce small amounts of it. While a certain amount of testosterone is necessary for good health, too much of it can lead to a range of problems. The most common signs of excess testosterone in women are:


thinning hair

excess facial hair

irregular menstrual cycles

acne

mood changes


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to consult with your practitioner to determine the cause. Looking to lower your testosterone levels naturally? There are certain herbs and supplements that can help. Again, it is important to work with qualified practitioner to confirm your suspicion. They can also recommend diet and lifestyle changes and ensure the supplements you are taking are safe and have no interactions. Left untreated, hormonal imbalances like high testosterone, can lead to serious health problems such as infertility and polycystic ovarian syndrome.


Combatting Seasonal Shedding


If your hair loss is indeed due to seasonal changes, there are a few things you can do to help minimize shedding and keep your locks looking healthy all season long:


Get regular trims: While it may seem counterintuitive, getting regular trims can actually help prevent summertime split ends—and subsequently reduce shedding. Be sure to schedule a trim every 6-8 weeks throughout the fall and winter months.


Protect your strands: Just as you'd protect your skin from harsh winds and cold temperatures, it's important to give your hair a little extra TLC when the mercury starts to drop. Invest in a good quality satin pillowcase and use leave-in conditioner or serum daily to help prevent breakage. And when you head outdoors, don't forget to cover up with a hat or scarf!


Eat for healthy hair: As they say, we are what we eat! Be sure to include plenty of protein-rich foods in your diet (think: lean meats, fish, beans, tofu) as well as foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as flaxseed oil, walnuts, and dark leafy greens). Taking a daily multivitamin can also help ensure that your nutrient needs are being met.


Seasonal hair loss is frustrating but fortunately there are things you can do to combat it! By paying attention to your diet, managing stress levels, and using gentle hair care products, you can help keep your locks healthy all season long!

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