Autumn is the season when you may notice an increasing number of your hair falling out. It’s everywhere: on your brush or comb, on the floor, in the shower drains, and you’re probably beginning to worry. You may need to know that this phenomenon is normal to a certain extent but, if your hair loss is excessive or does not seem to be seasonal only, you may need to actually do something about it.
Why does hair fall in autumn?
— The hair cycle is in three stages, simply put the growing stage, the ‘static’ stage and the ‘falling’ stage; some say that the hair falling stage greatly coincides with autumn; however, the fact that much more hair than normal seems to accumulate on your brush, comb or in your shower drain is mostly to do with the summer after-math:
— During the ‘sunny’ season your hair follicles are stimulated and generally grow more than usual. When the stimulating effect of the sun rays stops, there is a ‘reaction’; the hair follicle is suddenly no longer stimulated so it tends to weaken quickly; the hair which is in the ‘static’ stage near the falling stage is suddenly triggered to enter the ‘falling’ stage.
What to do:
Don’t despair: after a few weeks your hair should return to its normal cycle and the amount of hair loss should decrease dramatically. If it does not, then you need to find solutions to stop it.
If your hair is thinning already, or if you are concerned about the amount of hair loss you are experiencing, you can do something about it, even if it’s autumn; your hair follicles can be ‘helped’ and supported in a number of ways:
— Taking nutritional supplements which are beneficial to your scalp hair (Vitamin A, all minerals, fish oil and evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil; if you are a woman (before the menopause) Iron and Vitamin C combined will be highly recommended too). B6 may work for some but if you suffer from hormonally-triggered hair loss, such as DHT-related, I would not recommend it, since it may trigger higher amounts of DHT on your scalp – other B vitamins are fine).
— You think your hair is falling because of hormones or excess DHT (such as in the very common andro-genetic alopecia, or male-pattern baldness, which affects men and women), then you should definitely start a DHT blocking regimen. This can take place in the forms of tablets, hair lotions and even hair shampoos.