The fall is in full bloom. The beauty of October pleases the eye: the trees are golden, the sky is particularly saturated, and the sunsets are most magnificent. Nature is getting ready for hibernation to revive in spring. But it’s not just nature that is transferring into a new period. Hair growth is also periodical. As a matter of fact, each hair goes through a cycle of three stages. They are:
Hair loss in autumn

  1. Anagen. It is the stage of growth that is characterized by hair cells dividing and growing rapidly. Normally hair grows about 1 cm every month during anagen. It usually lasts from 2 to 4 years or even longer.
  2. Catagen. It is the transitional stage of involution. It follows anagen and marks the end of the active hair growth. It usually takes from 2 to 3 weeks for hair to pass through catagen.
  3. Telogen. It is the stage of rest that, just as catagen, lasts 2-3 weeks. It’s characterized by fully keratinized club hair that no longer grows and is in fact dead. All hair follicles may not be in the same stage at the same time but proportionally about 15 percent of hair follicles are usually in telogen.

After telogen the cycle returns to the anagen stage producing new hair and resulting in 50-100 old hairs coming out on a daily basis what’s considered to be perfectly normal.

In autumn many people notice loss of extra hair. Obviously, a question arises whether it can be considered perfectly normal. The answer lies in seasonal hair loss cycles that are typical not only of human beings but of all mammals in general. We belong to the mammalian world and, as all mammals do, we tend to replace our “summer coats” for winter what results in autumnal shedding.

Autumn hair lossIt’s not very clear yet why and how it happens, but among the potential regulators of extra hair loss in autumn is melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain which is responsible for maintaining the body’s circadian rhythms. Melatonin is secreted in darkness and its production is inhibited by light. As far as there is a gradual reduction in daylight hours in autumn, it consequently increases melatonin levels in human body what in turn promotes seasonal hair shedding and the onset of the winter anagen stage.

Although there is loss of extra hair in autumn, the number of hairs lost daily doesn’t usually exceed the limit of 100 hairs. Moreover, seasonal shedding comes and goes pretty quickly (2-3 weeks of telogen). Of course, it is more obvious to those with long and thick hair, as well as to natural “heavy shedders”, but some people may even not notice anything to worry about. In any case autumnal hair loss is perfectly normal. Think of it as of leaves falling down from the trees. And new ones will come out and put forth soon.

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.