Thicker jumpers. Bigger coats. Hats, scarves, and gloves. These are the common signs of winter. But there’s another that might worry you at first. And that’s the sight of more hair in your brush, comb, or plughole after a shower.
Changes in the seasons don’t just affect your skin or your overall health. Your hair is just as susceptible.
Experiencing more hair loss in winter than other times of the year is down to a change in the condition of the air inside and outside your home.
Outside, the air is drier during cooler months of the year, and that makes your scalp dry too. Lack of moisture in the scalp causes dry hair. And, as you probably already know, dry hair is more prone to breaking and falling out when you brush or wash it.
Indoor heating is likely to be working full tilt to keep everyone warm. But it makes the air in your home dry too, creating the same problems for your hair as the outside air, and the same result— hair loss. And there’s more bad news because a dry scalp can give you another problem—itchy, flaky dandruff.
Who is most affected by hair loss in winter?
If your hair is fine, you are more likely to experience the most hair loss in winter. No doubt you’re already well aware that you need to do all you can to add volume to your hair. Winter will probably require you to make an extra effort, as the cold, dry air can make your hair look and feel even more lifeless. It can be difficult to dry hair naturally in winter time, that can also lead to more damaged follicles.
And yes, the shedding may be more noticeable if this is your 50th winter. Fifty percent of women by 50 years of age will experience some degree of hair loss. Hair loss is common in pre- and perimenopausal women during their early to mid-50s. It is also seen after pregnancy, surgery, or illness.
But the good news is that anyone suffering from hair loss in winter can take steps to reduce hair breakage and stop hair loss during the coldest time of the year. While there’s no escaping the dry air in winter, there are things you can do to fight back against hair loss in winter.
How to avoid increased hair loss in the winter
- Don’t use heat to style your hair
It stands to reason that the last thing your hair or scalp needs is more dry air. So stay away from heat-based styling treatments during these winter months to prevent hair fall. Limit excessive tugging from blowdrying and also be conscious of how you tie your hair up and with what – no rubber bands!
- Consume the right nutrients for hair
This is obviously a good idea all year round. But in winter especially, they can work wonders for your hair, giving it the strength to withstand the hair damage and hair loss that the elements can cause. Help Hair™ Whey Protein is packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals and the only complete nutritional supplement available that minimises hair loss and supports healthy hair growth.
- Try oil massages
Relaxing at any time of year, oil massages are particularly beneficial to stop hair loss in winter. The oils that work best to prevent hair fall are coconut oil, jojoba oil, and castor oil. This trio of treatments will give your scalp and hair the vitamins and fatty acids they need to stay healthy and prevent dryness all winter long.
- Choose your shampoo and conditioner wisely
Especially if you want to prevent hair fall in winter, there are products out there specifically designed to help stop hair loss. Top of our recommendations is Help Rescue MD Natural Plant Herbal Extract range, perfect for you if you have thin or damaged hair. These shampoo and conditioner are formulated to promote hair growth and manage damaged hair. Help Rescue MD Shampoo and Conditioner work by adding moisture and strengthening deep inside each hair follicle. But don’t just save it for the winter—you can use it all year round.
- Use warm water to lather up your shampoo and cool water to rinse
A steamy shower is just what you’re after when the temperature is below freezing. But if you continuously forget to cold water rinse after a hot shower, it can zap moisture from your hair and your weaker strands may start breaking off.
While winter is certainly a time when the landscape is at its most lifeless, there’s no need for your hair to fall into the same condition. And by following our tips above, you can help stop hair loss in winter, so come rain, sleet, and snow, you can still look great and feel confident about your hair.