Is Summer Hair Loss A Real Thing?
One of the oldest myths about hair loss is that a person loses more hair during the summer. Is this simply a story that has been passed down through the years or is this myth actually a valid fact?
And the answer to the question is???
Yes, a person does lose more hair during the summer and this is especially true when it comes to women.
According to a recent article from the magazine, InStyle, research suggests that females have telogen effluvium rates that are slightly higher during the month of July. Since telogen is the resting phase of the hair follicle, the hair on the female head is more susceptible to falling out during this time. The article went on to say when the hair is exposed to extreme weather, up to 70% of the strands can permanently enter the telogen phase and cause even more hair to fall out than normal.
It should be noted that seasonal hair loss should not cause much concern because hair regrowth is also happening at the same time as hair loss. Patients should only contact a hair restoration surgeon if there is hair falling out in a specific pattern in an area such as the crown of the head or if there is a severe amount of thinning hair on the scalp,. Conditions such as these could be signs of female hair loss and might require medical help to reverse the visible effects of the hair loss.