As summer passes into Autumn and leaves on trees burst into a wild display of colour, I watch them crinkling up before they sadly fall to the ground, leaving me to ponder the similarities between trees and our hair.
In my 30 year career in hairdressing, come Autumn time i am frequently asked the question ‘why is my hair shedding so much right now’. The simple answer of course is that hair is primarily there to protect the scalp from the intense summer sun, so sheds as the demand for sun protection subsides in the Autumn.
So to understand this better here’s some interesting facts i came across which explain this further
In a study published in the journal Dermatology, the scientists followed more than 800 healthy women over six years and found that they lost the most hair in the autumn months.
The Swedish researchers found that women had the highest proportion of resting hairs in them in July, which would explain why aprox 100 days or so later hair seems to shed more than it would during the rest of the year.
Our hair grows on average half an inch per month,the first stage being anagen lasts between two and seven years, and at any one time 90 per cent of our hair is in this growth phase, the remainder goes into the ‘catagen stage’ which is a transmutation stage of detachment, followed by a resting state known as telogen which lasts for between two to four months, where hair falls out and the follicle rests ready for the cycle to be repeated.
Of course this is not the only reason for excessive hair loss, health and diet play a huge part in hair growth and quality, but this annual shedding season is quite normal and nothing to worry about.
Swell’s 3-Step System will keep hair running at optimum performance so now introduce a high nutritious diet, here’s a list of hair foods and some tips that will help your follicles give you your dream hair:
- Omega 3 fatty acids in salmon and other oily fish have anti-inflammatory properties which can help open up follicles that promote healthy hair growth.
- Carrots contain Vitamin A which keeps hair shiny
- The high iron content in spinach helps red blood cells carry oxygen to hair follicles
- Lentils contain zinc and biotin which help with good hair health
- Poultry such as chicken (pictured) contains protein which strengthens the hair and increases the bioavailability of iron, which promotes hair growth A lack of zinc, which is contained in oysters (left) can result in hair loss. Walnuts (right) are a good source of vitamin E, which keeps your hair strong
- Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. Too little biotin can cause brittle hair and may lead to hair loss. Include biotin rich foods such as wholegrains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast.
- Avoid sugars and refined carbohydrates
- Avoid drastic weight loss diets