Dealing with Hair Loss in Winter
The winter season is full of good things, but one thing that’s not so great is hair loss. As the temperature drops, cold air causes our bodies to produce less heat! This process can have a negative effect on follicles if they’re too cold. Learn some helpful tips to maintain healthy locks this winter.
The Winter Shedding Phase
Seasonal hair loss is a common occurrence. Cold, dry outside air draws out all your scalp’s moisture and leads to dry scalp, dry hair, and conditions that lead to hair breakage/shedding. Low humidity levels during winter can also cause split ends as the cold temperature dries out the strands of hair, breaking the cuticle layer. So, what can you do to cope with the hair loss?
First, know that hair loss during the winter can be prevented with a hair-protection action plan in place. Consider the following ways you can help prevent hair loss this winter.
What You Put in your Body Matters
Fortifying your body against winter hair loss starts from the inside out. Hydration, diet, and proactive prevention steps taken by you can make all the difference this winter! Read on to learn more!
Drink Plenty of Water
Water does not only quench your thirst but also nourishes your body. After all, water is the second most essential nutrient after air. It is important to drink at least eight glasses of water every day since the skin functions as an organ that optimizes fluid balance which is vital for life!
You can help combat the effects of cold, dry weather by focusing on your daily hydration. Staying hydrated in the winter helps to combat drying effects by adding moisture to your skin through increased water intake. A moisturized scalp leads to moisturized hair follicles.
Eat Nutrient Dense Foods
Most of us are not aware that what we eat has a direct impact on the way our hair looks. There is more to hair than just strands on your head; there are also follicles which help produce hair. Your entire body requires nutrients, whether they come from food you eat or through supplements, so it only makes sense that the nutrients you give your body affect your hair. The food we eat can either help us to grow beautiful, healthy hair; or it can cause damage and inhibit growth.
Paying attention to your nutrient intake during winter will keep your hair strong and help nourish your skin. When the skin of your scalp is healthy, it helps your hair stay healthy too!
Protect Your Hair from Temperature Changes
When harsh weather hits, it can take a significant toll on your hair. Winter weather affects all hair textures and types and requires protection from temperature changes to stay strong and healthy. Protect your tresses from the frosty air, wind, indoor heat, and static electricity by:
- Wearing a hat.
- Using a dehumidifier.
- Keeping up on regular trims.
- Reducing your shower’s water temperature.
- Limiting products that use heat to style your hair. (Let hair air dry when possible).
- Trying an oil treatment.
- Incorporating a leave-in conditioner weekly.
- Avoiding going outside with wet hair.
- Trying a hair mask.
When winter temperatures arrive, it’s time for hair care! Don’t let your locks dry out and break off or turn into an unruly mop of tangles. Follow the protection tips above to keep your hair looking good this season!
Schedule a Consultation Today!
If you’re concerned about hair loss, we can help. Contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology at (801) 682-4715 to schedule a hair loss prevention visit today! The power to protect your hair’s vitality is in your hands!