Is it Normal to Shed More Hair in the Colder Months?

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Losing long, luscious locks is the bane of every girl’s existence. Low-key panic from losing a few strands after a single wash and brush-through becomes not so low-key when more and more strands fall out! Let’s get to the root of the issue: Is colder weather the culprit?

In short, yes. It’s normal to shed more hair in the colder months. In fall and winter, your hair resets and starts shedding a lot more than during the summer months when it retained moisture and volume. Cold temperatures cause the scalp to become dry, which in turn makes it itchy, flaky and fragile. Another big factor is skin condition. Those with sensitive skin, combination skin or eczema react more strongly to cool temperatures, so you should check if your hair products are right for your scalp.

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Here are a few approaches to remedying hair loss:

1. Use less chemical, more natural formulas!

There are a plethora of hair care products to choose from, but many of them may contain unfamiliar chemicals with long, difficult-to-pronounce names and unclear effects. Before purchasing a product, check the ingredients. If you see too many of these chemicals, say “Thank you, next!”

Look for shampoos that have plants and herbs. For instance, Pyunkang Yul’s Herbal Hair Loss Control Shampoo boasts fermented black tea (a.k.a. kombucha), ginseng, mint leaf extract and camellia seed oil, which all revitalize scalp by unclogging hair follicles and controlling sebum production.

Also, keep a lookout for keywords that are known to be beneficial to hair – keratin, salicylic acid, zinc and biotin. These ingredients prevent dryness and inflammation, nourish scalp and lock in moisture.

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2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Good things take time. Using shampoo alone might not yield instantaneous results. To achieve a healthy scalp and luscious locks, add hair tonic and treatment to your regimen.

Hair tonic is normally used to style hair while giving a glossy shine, but it can also be used to moisturize scalp, mitigate split ends and control dandruff. Try TOSOWOONG’s Nutrient Fortifying Clinic Hair-Loss Care Hair Tonic or Lador’s Dermatical Scalp Tonic that are both rich in natural ingredients, like ginseng and green tea, to nourish and soothe scalp.

Hair treatment promotes healthy scalp and hair to reduce hair loss. It unclogs hair follicles and controls sebum production and dandruff, allowing the scalp to breathe and hair to grow robustly. SOME BY MI’s Cica Peptide Anti Hair Loss Derma Scalp Treatment contains cica, peptide and black complex to nourish the scalp and roots, while Pyunkang Yul’s Herbal Hair Loss Control Treatment strengthens weakened hair with kombucha, camellia seed oil, herbal extracts and patented peptide and biotin ingredients.

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3. Relish in essential oils

After a nice wash, squirt several drops of essential hair oil to the palm of your hand and lather onto hair tips. Do this 2 to 3 times a week. Hair oil gives hair a soft texture while strengthening it to prevent breakage due to heat or other external factors. Many of these oils, like HOLIKA HOLIKA’s Biotin Damage Care Oil Serum, are rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E to help hair lock in moisture.

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4. Treat yourself to a head massage

Many hair products can help with hair loss, but there’s one way to go au naturel and do some finger exercise – give yourself a head massage!

Get ready to go “ooh” and “aah” as you work magic to your scalp with your fingertips. Massaging the head stimulates blood circulation to ensure nutrients reach hair follicles, resulting in hair growth. Head massage tools can also do the trick!

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As normal as it may be to lose hair when temperatures drop, it may not seem normal in the moment it happens. Finding the right hair care products for both your scalp and hair is vital to preventing hair loss. For those of us who aren’t hair experts, it’s safer to opt for natural ingredients rather than harsh chemicals that may be detrimental. Besides using the right products, simple measures like massaging the scalp and avoiding heat-emitting hair tools are also beneficial to preventing and treating hair loss.

These are all baby steps to getting lush locks!


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