Seasonal Hair Shedding: Coping Strategies and Prevention Tips

Discover the secrets to beat seasonal hair shedding with our detailed guide. Learn prevention tips and coping strategies to maintain luscious locks year-round.

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    Understanding Seasonal Hair Shedding

    Believe it or not, human hair has seasonal shedding cycles, just like your dog or cat. Human hair cycles are different, of course, but the concept is the same - environmental and seasonal changes result in hormonal changes which will ultimately have a shedding effect on your hair and scalp. In essence, as temperatures fluctuate, your hair reacts, entering a shedding phase to make way for new growth. As winter transitions to spring and summer to fall, hormonal shifts and daylight variations impact hair growth cycles. This rhythmic dance is nature's way of ensuring your mane adapts to environmental shifts.

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    Causes of Seasonal Hair Shedding

    There are numerous factors that contribute to seasonal hair loss, but the bottom line is that it’s normal, and you can prepare for it. As previously mentioned, seasonal and environmental changes will play a big role in your scalp and hair health. Most people would agree that their skin requires extra moisturizer in the winter, as there is less humidity and moisture in the air for your skin to utilize. The same goes for your hair and scalp. Hormonal changes can also have an effect on hair health and growth, which can include stress factors - stress releases cortisol, which can disrupt your natural hormonal balance, preventing estrogen and testosterone from maintaining proper hair and follicle strength and health. Nutrition also plays a major role in hair and scalp health. Give your hair every advantage by considering the tactics outlined in this article. 

    Identifying Seasonal Hair Loss

    Imagine your hair as a garden, and shedding is like the natural process of leaves falling. Now, seasonal shedding is like the usual autumn scenario - some leaves drop, but the garden is still lush and vibrant. On the other hand, excessive shedding is more like a summer storm hitting your garden. It's not the gentle fall breeze; it’s a mess. If you find your hair everywhere, like a post-storm yard covered in branches, that might be a sign that something is up. The easiest way to tell the difference is by paying attention to your scalp visibility - for instance, if your part is widening, or your scalp is becoming increasingly visible, it may be time to seek professional help. Pay attention to the seasons, and if the weather patterns are changing, it can be difficult to tell the difference. Just be patient and if your shedding doesn’t improve, then it is time to take action.

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    Prevention Strategies

    Now for the good news - if your hair is shedding more than usual, you can do something about it. 

    Using a Jolie Filtered Showerhead

    The quality of the water that you use to cleanse your body has a direct impact on your hair and scalp health. Most municipal water supplies are treated with chemicals to make them safe for human consumption, but these chemicals, such as chlorine, can have a compounding effect on your skin and scalp health. With repeated exposure, the natural moisture in your hair and scalp is stripped repeatedly and then has difficulty rebounding. With a Jolie Filtered Showerhead, these contaminants are removed from the equation, giving your hair and scalp every opportunity to self-regulate and rebound.

    Diet and Nutrition

    Giving your body the proper materials to maintain a strong and healthy you is just as essential when it comes to your hair. As previously mentioned, protein, iron, vitamin E, vitamin A, and omega-3 fatty acids all play essential roles in your hair and scalp health. By maintaining proper levels of each of these nutrients, you’re giving your hair the proper head start it needs to self-regulate and maintain. All of these nutrients can also be supplemented easily and cheaply- vitamins A and E as well as iron are typically included in your average once-a-day vitamin.

    Lifestyle Modifications

    Stress is a major factor in all facets of your bodily health. First and most obviously, stress has a major detrimental effect on your mental health. Nobody enjoys stress, and your hair is no exception. Cortisol, the stress hormone, can completely disrupt your body’s natural hormonal balance and schedule. By making time for you, maintaining a proper exercise schedule, and engaging in relaxing and self-caring practices, you reduce your stress exposure and give your hair a chance to thrive.

    Hair Styling Tips for Shedding Prevention

    Seasonal Routines

    Seasons change, and so should your hair care. In colder months, amp up the hydration game. Treat your mane to deep conditioning treatments, because winter winds can be harsher than an unsolicited opinion. When the sun starts sizzling, do your best to shield those strands from UV rays and excessive heat.

    Shampooing and Conditioning

    Don’t overdo it on the shampoo front. Opt for a sulfate-free formula to keep your strands happy. And when it comes to conditioning, let that conditioner sit and work its magic. Think of it as a mini spa day for your hair. Cool water for your final rinse can also help to boost your hair and scalp health by locking in moisture. Using a Jolie Showerhead will also boost your water quality to prevent harmful contaminants from entering this sacred routine. 

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    Protective Hairstyles

    Believe it or not, braids, buns and twists can actually help protect your hair from external damage. Think of it like a rope - a single strand won’t hold, but by combining all of the strands together and interlocking them carefully, their strength combines and prevents breakage. 

    Proper Brushing Techniques

    You’ve spent time, effort, and money treating and nourishing your hair. It would be such a shame to damage it in the brushing phase! Start from the bottom and work your way up when detangling. Invest in a wide-tooth comb or a brush with soft bristles. Think of it as a royal massage for your scalp, not a tug-of-war. Your hair deserves the VIP treatment.

    Hair Products and Ingredients to Avoid

    Say no to drama-inducing ingredients like sulfates, parabens, and alcohol. They're like the villains in this hair care saga. Instead, look for products with love-infused ingredients like argan oil, coconut oil, and shea butter. Your hair will thank you with a radiant shine and lush softness.

    How Jolie Can Help You

    Using all of these mentioned methods can help prevent hair shedding as a whole. It’s perfectly normal to lose about 50 to 100 strands a day, so completely eliminating hair shedding is just not possible. However, if you’re not using soft, clean, pure water to wash and cleanse your hair, it’s entirely possible that the rest of these methods may have reduced results. A Jolie Filtered Showerhead is your perfect answer - it removes harmful contaminants, chemicals and metals that will mess with your hair and scalp health. Take the first (and easiest) step in your self-care by investing in this revolutionary tool, and give your hair its best shot at glowing and growing. 

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