Fall - Oh, boy, here we go! I don’t know about you but this is my absolute favorite season of the year! The season of Halloween, Thanksgiving, family reunions, boots, coats, and pumpkin spice lattes! Can you tell how excited I am? Well, why not? Just as the turning of the leaves from green, to red or yellow, fall marks a sort of rebirth or reinvention.
In the fashion industry, the fall collections are something very much celebrated. There is also a necessary change in our wardrobe. Goodbye tank tops and hello sweaters and coats. Trade-in your sandals for boots. Get those scarves, gloves, and fancy headwear out of the closet because the weather will soon get nippy and I can just imagine myself warming myself with some hot tea midday.
However, with this change in season and switch in our fashion choices, also comes something a lot of us regret: Seasonal Hair Fall. Apparently, this is not a myth.
Seasonal hair fall or hair loss during fall is often caused by the after-effects or backlash of summer. All that time you spent under the sun has brought damage brought to your hair. The heat, exposure to salt water or chlorine, and sun exposure are the main culprits and our hair can be brittle, frizzy, dry, and prone to breakage after summer. Due to these different factors, you might see more split ends, breakage, and hair fall.
You know what I’m talking about, right? Imagine this: you’re in the shower, you just lathered on your favorite shampoo. As you go to wash it off it and run your fingers through, clumps of hair start clinging to your hands. Or sometimes you feel strands sticking to your back or worse, see it all in your towel and brush. Whew, that is enough to give me chills. I am sure you have experienced something similar to what I described. If it caused you to panic or check online for some reasons why your hair fall has increased, then continue reading as we explore this phenomenon.
According to the American Association of Dermatology (AAD), it’s normal to shed between 50 and 100 hairs a day. When the body sheds significantly more hair every day, a person has excessive hair shedding. The medical term for this condition is telogen effluvium.
Telogen effluvium is a scalp disorder characterized by the thinning or shedding of hair resulting from the early entry of hair in the telogen phase (the resting phase of the hair follicle). It is in this phase that telogen hairs begin to shed at an increased rate.
Now before you go on full-on panic (and I apologize for triggering your anxiety at this point) it is not a totally hopeless case. There are actual ways to reverse or lessen the damage to our tresses and still enjoy fall and its perks.
How can we reverse this fear of seasonal hair loss leading to so much more damage than you might expect? First, let's go talk about diet. Yes, our diet actually has a significant effect on the way our hair strengthens or weakens. We can also always benefit from natural ingredients rather than manufactured ones as a general rule of thumb. This can be a challenge to a lot of us but having a well-balanced diet is not only good for boosting our immunity (especially in this pandemic), but also for our skin and hair.
Foods rich in fatty acids like coconuts, salmon, chia seeds, and almonds are a great food source of nutrients. Incidentally, there are hair products that contain a lot of these natural ingredients. This means it also stimulates the hair to absorb more vitamins.
That being said, please, please choose your products well. We all need to use products that really promote hair growth and help thicken our hair. it starts with your shampoos and conditioner combo – the bare essentials.
Thickening shampoos or hair growth shampoos - these are really good to use not just during fall but all year round if you struggle with fine hair like me. When choosing your products, you have to select one that really works for the type of hair that you have. If you have straight, curly, or even coiled hair there is shampoo or conditioner that would work for you these. These products are specially formulated to work with your hair type and so you might really need to invest a little more than drugstore finds.
Aside from basic shampoo and conditioner, there other products that can be used to simulate a promote hair growth and actually protect your hair from harsh weather conditions. We’re talking about hair sprays, leave-in creams, and my favorite, the dry shampoo. I absolutely love it because it's so versatile, so flexible to use and it actually fits in any season. So if you don’t feel like washing your hair every day but you still want to have fresh smelling hair that's full of volume, give this dry shampoo a shot.
Another thing that we can do to ease seasonal hair loss is reduced heat styling. We've already experienced so much heat and sun exposure during summer. Why should we let our hair endure more heat when we style when we have healthier options like air drying.
However, for those who cannot survive without using a blow dryer then please make sure to manage the heat. Always take into consideration that our hair deserves extra TLC. It needs to be taken care of. If you’re going to use heat, use some heat protectants that would save your hair from more damage. There are lots in the market but I personally prefer one that also promotes shinier fuller hair.
Invest in a good blow dryer, too. It should have a nozzle because it concentrates where the airflow should really go. Nozzles and diffusers also allow your dryer to really minimize the harmful heat. If you notice, some blow dryers have those steel bars on its mouth or those steel grills. Now since it is metal it tends to retain or absorb more heat when the hot air blows through. Without a nozzle, putting that mouth near your hair just means you’re subjecting the strands to more heat. It would end up making your strands so much more frizzy and more prone to breakage as well as split ends. These weakened hair states lead you to be more prone to seasonal hair loss.
The use of after-care products is something I cannot stress enough. Aside from those if that we already used in the shower, those heat protectants and serums are truly life-changing for our tresses. And believe me, your hair would thank you for saving it from damage.
If you would ever consider air-drying your hair instead, you can supplement it with your favorite mousse so that it does not fall flat. Style your hair up with your favorite mist or some texturizing spray to leave your hair full and make the volume state all day. There are also awesome products in the Osensia line that not only contain natural ingredients but are also cruelty-free. That is guilt-free beautifying at its finest!
And since we want to keep our hair healthy and bouncy this season, deep conditioning is the way to go. And what better way to achieve this tan use a hair mask. A hair mask treatment once a week is going to be a lifesaver for your hair. It would deeply nourish and protect your strands from environmental stress. And while this season for hair loss is still in place, deep conditioning at least once a week and give your tresses a boost of vitamins and nourishment that it needs to help prevent any further breakage. You’d be so obsessed with how soft your hair feels after a mask that you won’t be able to resist touching it!
You might be surprised but actually getting a haircut during this season is not just a fashionable but healthy choice as well. If you have long hair, this can be particularly helpful. The idea behind this is the longer your hair is, the stronger the pull of gravity would be. Cutting your hair can actually reduce here fall because if your hair is shorter, the weight is not as heavy. When you come through it with your favorite brush, it wouldn’t show you so many strands.
You should also invest in a good detangling brush because that allows your hair to be free from stress. The bristles will be more gentle on the knots in your hair and won’t pull at the roots too much. This is where the choice of tools also matters to care for your hair better and lessen hair fall.
And there you have it. Step into the new season with renewed hope. Now that we have these helpful tips to follow. We can combat hair fall and feel Oh-so-fresh while leaves change colors!
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