Toxins accumulated throughout winter can seriously aggravate hair loss in spring. The threat comes both from inside and outside, as there are two main ways toxic substances enter the body: orally and transdermally (i.e. through the skin). As far as the question of toxin buildup through our nutrition was covered in detail in the first part of the article, this time we will focus solely on environmental toxins.

Many people wonder if there is something in the city air in winter that makes their hair weak, lifeless and brittle and slows down its growth. In fact, their worries and fears have strong grounds – the air in winter is particularly polluted with harmful toxins and carcinogenic substances.

Keratin is a fibrous protein that is the basic component of hair structure. It has been discovered that keratin molecules can be easily damaged if exposed to toxic substances contained in the air. That is why our hair gains such an unhealthy look and poor condition throughout winter.

Moreover, environmental toxins can get right into scalp follicles destroying follicle tissues and hair cells. As a result, it can slow down hair growth significantly and even provoke rapid hair loss. By the way, the examination has shown that a great number of balding people have toxins and chemicals contained in the scalp.

So, how can we free our scalp and hair from environmental toxic substances accumulated throughout winter? First of all it is useful to do a simple examination to make sure whether there are harmful toxins in your scalp follicles and around your hair roots. All you need to do is to grab your head skin with your thumb and index finger in different parts of your head: on the crown, nape, temples, etc. If the skin is easily pinched, this is a good sign – it means that it doesn’t not contain a large amount of toxins and that blood circulation in the scalp is normal. But if you experience difficulty trying to pinch different parts of your scalp with your thumbs and index fingers, this is bad news. Your hair follicles have probably accumulated toxins and chemicals from the polluted air and, thus, they poison your scalp, hinder blood circulation and make your head skin stiff. In this case it’s high time to start thinking seriously of detox.

To eliminate toxic substances from your scalp do the following simple exercise on a daily basis. Put one hand on top of the other. Pull the phalanges towards the palms pinching your scalp tight for about half a minute. Apply this exercise to different parts of your head until you cover the whole of it. To dilatate the blood vessels and make your scalp less stiff it is quite useful to wrap your head with a warm wet towel and keep it for several minutes prior to pinching.

And don’t forget that apart from this type of scalp massage it is important to stick to the detox diet – it’s far more effective to fight the problem both from inside and outside.

Many people note that their hair starts falling out more than usual in spring. The process of intense shedding usually goes on for several months. For those who are very particular about the way they look and especially about their hair condition such experience is very frustrating. They desperately seek for help in doctors and all kinds of available hair loss treatments hoping to change the situation to the better. But when it gets obvious that nothing really helps, it’s time for more stress, sadness and frustration… In spring when everything comes to life…

What must be said is that there’s no need to dramatize. According to the theory of seasonal hair loss this process is quite normal. If your hair sheds more than usual in spring, it is happens because your physiological clock works this way and that’s it. Take a look on animals – they cast their coat every fall and spring and no one gets frustrated. Seasonal hair loss in human beings goes according to laws of nature as well. And there is not much you can do about it.

Yet there is something that can seriously aggravate hair shedding in the beginning of the season. We are speaking about toxins and other harmful substances. They alone can pose a serious threat to the hair and cause hair loss.  Therefor, being accumulated over winter they can significantly increase natural hair loss in spring. Still, in comparison with our physiological clock which we can’t do anything about, to detox your body is fully in your hands.

As a matter of fact, the greatest amount of toxins get in our bodies with the things we put into our mouths, i.e. orally. In winter our nutrition is often far from being healthy. We may suffer from lack of minerals and vitamins that are contained in fresh fruit and vegetables. We have to stick to manufactured foods and that makes toxins contained in them get slowly accumulated in us. And even those natural products that we may buy in the store at this time of the year are usually grown in artificial conditions and often with the use of chemical fertilizers, so they are never 100% free from nitrates and other harmful substances.

We often get sick in winter and, therefore, have to take different drugs and medications to prevent typical winter diseases and to cure them. But using all these medications we rarely ponder over the fact that apart from the healing effect they also gradually intoxicate us. All chemical and synthetic treatments that we take in winter have side effects and when combined, certain drugs and medications may lead to a very adverse result when our body is overfilled with acids and toxins. All this can make a real big contribution to the seasonal hair loss that starts in spring.

What can be possibly done about this sad situation? Well, there is a simple rule here: always keep watching what you eat. To eliminate toxic substances from your body eat more fresh fruits, salads and vegetables. There was no such opportunity in winter, so take the advantage of it in spring. It’s preferable to eat them raw for better effect. These products not only supply your organism with vital nutrients, but also serve as effective natural cleaners, they detox your body and and boost your immune system.

To neutralize and eliminate acids from your organism give preference to alkalizing natural products (vs. acidifying). Consume more cheese, milk, yoghurt, eggs, nuts, vegetable oil. These products will not only neutralize harmful acids but also nourish your hair with protein that is very essential for its fast growth. Green tea is an amazing natural deacidifier, to say nothing of its DHT inhibiting properties. There are also special deacidifying and detoxifying nutritional supplements available over the counter today, but it’s better to discuss whether to use them or not with your doctor. It can be very helpful to see a nutritionist to measure your vitamins, minerals, acids and alkali levels and  develop a thorough detox diet accordingly.