Cold Weather and Hair Loss: Myth vs. Fact

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Myth: Cold Temperatures Increase Hair Loss

Despite what you might have heard, a drop in temperatures does not mean an increase in hair loss. The cold weather doesn’t have any effect on the amount of hair on your head. If anything, cooler temperatures might increase the number of hairs a person has. Similar to the way dogs grow a thicker coat of fur in the winter, people might get more scalp hair in the cooler parts of the year to help them stay warm.

Recent studies prove that winter doesn’t lead to hair loss. One study conducted over the course of six years found that people tend to lose the least amount of hair during the chilly months of the year.

Fact: Hair Loss Can Be Seasonal

Everyday, people lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair; sometimes even more. During some months of the year, usually October or November, the number might be much closer to 100 than it is to 50, making shedding more  noticeable. Known as seasonal shedding, the condition usually affects women, but can also occur in men.

Usually, people experiencing seasonal shedding shouldn’t worry as this is usually temporary. Losing up to a 100 hairs a day for a period of time is still well within the normal range for hair loss. However if you think you are losing more than 100 strands of hair daily or start to see patches of skin, you may want to speak with a hair restoration specialist, as the cause might be male or female pattern baldness, and not seasonal shedding.

Myth: Keeping Warm With a Hat Will Make You Lose More Hair or Eventually Go Bald

Hats provide a number of benefits to your scalp and hair. They keep your head warm in the winter. They can make a stylish statement. They can cover up your hair on days when it’s just not behaving.

Unfortunately, hats get a lot a blame when it comes to hair loss. Although a hat might add static to your hair or cause it to stand on end, wearing a hat won’t contribute to baldness or increase your chances for hair loss. A common misconception is that wearing hats put friction or strain on your hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out.

Fact: Hair Does Get Drier in Winter

While winter weather and head gear won’t make your lose your hair, the cold temperatures and dry air will change your hair slightly. You might notice that it’s drier or feels more brittle in the winter. Keep your hair soft and strong in the winter by giving it a bit more TLC. Skip the long sessions with the hair dryer (let it air dry or use a cooler setting) and try to limit the hot styling tools.

You may also want to swap the shampoo you use in the winter for one that is more moisturizing and nourishing. If dryness is an issue for you and your scalp in the winter, see a hair restoration specialist to learn what shampoo would be best to use.

Another way to add moisture to dry, brittle winter hair is to amp up your conditioning efforts. Try adding a once-a-week deep conditioning treatment to your routine or a leave-in conditioner.


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