We know summer is a happy time for everybody. Whether it’s a BBQ, a baseball game, or a vacation, everyone wants to be outside, but between the sun’s damaging rays and the hot weather, you might be nervous about the effect these may have on your hair.
Summer hair loss is a very real problem and is often seen in both men and women during this season (June to September). Many start to notice changes in the feel, look, and quality of their hair, feeling alarmed by the number of strands they see stuck in their brushes; this is caused by a mixture of internal and external factors. Here are the 4 most common reasons for hair loss in summer.
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1. Prolonged Sun Exposure
This is the leading cause of hair loss in summer. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause deterioration to the scalp, making your mane dull, dry, itchy, and sometimes, discolored. It is important to remember that dyed hair is more prone to damage than natural hair, so consider this on your next vacation.
How can you protect your hair? Wrap a scarf around your head, use a wide-brimmed hat or go under an umbrella. If you are already struggling with the consequences of sun exposure, use a restorative hair mask or an oil treatment.
If you enjoy swimming in a pool for long hours, you should think twice from now on. Pool water is often filled with chemicals, especially chlorine, which can damage your hair. Chlorine contains certain properties that can cause reactions in your hair, like changing its color, making it feel rough, weakening the hair strands, and split ends.
To prevent damage, you can wear a swim cap, use a leave-in conditioner before entering the pool, and use olive or coconut oil. Also, it is very important to rinse your hair immediately after swimming to get rid of any contaminants.
3. Wet Brushing
During this season, our hair comes in contact with water a little more than usual because we go to the beach, use the pool frequently or shower more often. Hair is more fragile when it’s wet, meaning brushing it in this state puts a lot more tension on the strands, as the comb doesn’t slide as easily as it would when dry. This can cause major breakage and frizziness.
To avoid damage, always brush your hair out dry before shampooing and conditioning. You can also use a wide-tooth comb, which is gentler on delicate strands.
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When Does Too Much Hair Loss During The Summer Become a Greater Concern?
If you are following the preventative measures and recommended products, but you still notice an important hair loss, thinning, or weakening, you should consider visiting a specialist, as it might be a symptom of a deeper problem. Losing up to 50 to 100 hairs a day is normal, but losing an abnormal amount of hair or noticing a hair loss in a pattern (for example, on the temples or crown of the head) are reasons worth seeing a hair doctor.
If you are struggling with major hair loss after the summer season, don’t worry! At Hairfix Mexico we have preventive and corrective hair restoration treatments, such as mesotherapy and Direct Micro Hair Transplant procedures. Feel free to contact us to schedule an online or in-office consultation, our hair specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have!