Hair loss is a common
occurrence in both men and women who are in the later stages in life.
The loss of hair may also come earlier to individuals who are genetically
predisposed to these types of disorders. Alopecia
and other forms of alopecia differ in appearance and presentation
for men and women. Men usually develop a typical type of hair loss
known as male pattern baldness whereas women lose hair gradually and
do not develop any obvious or significant pattern. Women's hair loss
typically happens slowly and only increases in rate during and after
pregnancy as well as during menopause. Most of this hair loss is caused
by changes in hormone levels, medical conditions, and other external
Women's hair loss is also said to occur in cycles with seasonal variations
that reverses itself in time. Some women have reported the loss
of hair during spring and summer, with the loss of hair starting
in May and continuing up to two or three months. Some other women
also report a thinning of the hair line and around the crown area
in the winter season lasting until late spring or early summer.
The loss of hair was said to have been reduced after the application
of hormone injections. Despite the reports and testimonies of many
individuals who lose hair at certain times of the year, there is
still no medically established reason for this type of hair loss.
These types of hair loss may simply be attributed to the difference
in diet and nutrition. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients affect
the body's health as well as that of the hair.
Humans, compared to other animals, have evolved to develop an asynchronous
type of hair growth and do not
shed hair all at the same time depending on the seasons. Although
it is possible that there are changes in the hair's density and
thickness, there is no basic principle that can explain this type
of hair loss. However
if for any reason you do observe this seasonal variation and change
in your hair growth cycle, it is recommended to consult your physician
to determine the exact cause of hair loss. Hair loss specialists
can conduct tests and examinations to help find the reason for hair
loss be it that the hair loss is due to poor nutrition or if it
is a symptom of some other disease.
The growth of hair,
however, is a whole different story. There have been studies that
were conducted that showed a relationship between hair growth and
the changes in the season. Studies show that hair in the anagen
phase reached a peak in March and fell at a steady but gradual rate
in the succeeding months through to September. The number of hair
that was shed was at a peak at around August and September. The
average loss of hair recorded at this time was about 60 hair strands
in one day which is more than twice the number that fell out in
the preceding winter.
It is best to remember that the growth and loss of hair do not depend largely on the seasons, but mostly on your health and nutrition. So if there are any changes that happen in the growth of your hair, consulting a physician is the best thing to do.