Why You May Be Experiencing Hair Loss In The Winter

By McLean & Potomac Dermatology | Skin Tips 2024

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While it’s normal to experience some seasonal variations in hair growth, winter can be a challenging time for maintaining a healthy mane. In this blog post, we’ll explore the common causes of winter hair loss and offer practical tips to keep your locks luscious throughout the colder months.

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01 / Dry Scalp and Dandruff

The drop in temperature often leads to lower humidity levels, contributing to dry and flaky scalps. This dryness can weaken the hair follicles, leading to increased hair shedding. To combat this, consider using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner designed to hydrate both your hair and scalp.


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02 / Lack of Sun Exposure

During winter, people tend to spend less time outdoors, resulting in reduced exposure to sunlight. Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D, which plays a crucial role in hair growth. To counteract this, try to spend some time in the sun or consider vitamin D supplements if you’re unable to get enough from sunlight.

03 / Hair & Hot Showers

While a hot shower may be tempting in cold weather, it can strip your hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and breakage. Opt for lukewarm water instead and use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair hydrated.

04 / Nutritional Deficiencies

Winter often brings a shift in dietary habits, with a tendency to consume more processed and comfort foods. Ensure you maintain a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals essential for hair health, such as iron, zinc, and vitamin E.

Winter hair loss is a common concern, but with the right care and attention, you can minimize its impact on your locks. By understanding the causes and adopting a winter-friendly hair care routine, you can ensure that your hair stays vibrant and healthy, even in the coldest months of the year.

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