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The Scientific Reason Why You Shed the Most Hair in the Fall and Winter

Posted by on Oct. 13, 2017 at 2:57 AM
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BY: TEHRENE FIRMAN

It’s a tale as old as time: Once fall rolls around, your showers may end with what looks like a small, furry animal hanging around the drain. But this doesn’t mean you’re going bald (but keep your stress in check to help maintain healthy follicles)—there’s actually a scientific reason why you shed more in the colder months.

“There is evidence that people can note increased shedding in the late fall and winter months,” dermatologist Emily Wise, MD, told Allure. “In the summer months, we hang on to more hair to provide increased protection from the sun.”

“In the summer months, we hang on to more hair to provide increased protection from the sun.”

Then, as summer ends, it’s not uncommon for women to start losing some of the hair they held onto during the summer for a late-onset “shed” phase. But the increase in shedding is likely just temporary, Dr. Wise continued.

Aside from keeping your scalp hydrated and moisturized, as well as taking your vitamins (biotin and iron, in particular!), there’s not much you can do about seasonal shedding. And, according to dermatologist Jeremy Fenton, MD, docs aren’t in total agreement about why the scheduled shedding happens in the first place: Some think it’s based on evolution, and others believe it’s the body’s way of lessening shedding come wintertime.

“These hairs are not necessarily lost forever, as a healthy hair follicle will then eventually cycle back into its growth phase,” Dr. Fenton told Allure.

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by Janine on Oct. 13, 2017 at 7:45 AM
Wow, interesting I never new that.
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by Linda on Oct. 13, 2017 at 8:37 AM
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Thanks

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by Carrie on Oct. 13, 2017 at 10:13 AM

thanks for sharing.

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by Tina on Oct. 13, 2017 at 4:24 PM
Thanks for information, this info is right on point! When I was in the hospital my hair started falling out by the comb full, I was scared to touch it. Actually it's still falling. Keeping it moisturized has been helpful.
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