How To Prevent Seasonal Hair Loss
Fall: the season of pecan pie, pumpkins, chestnuts, and toasted marshmallows. It is also the time of year when you shed more hair than usual. Yes, just like the leaves on deciduous trees, the hairs on your head each go through their own life cycle, which during fall, is more likely to come to an end.
Each hair on a person’s head has an average lifespan of two to six years, which is divided into three distinct phases: the anagen phase, catagen phase, and telogen phase. During the anagen phase, a hair will grow around half an inch a month – typically, most of your hair follicles will be in this phase in spring. The catagen phase is a transitional phase that lasts around just ten days. During the final phase, the telogen phase, the hair is shed. When a hair falls out, the hair follicle remains inactive for about three months. Then, the whole process starts again.
Hairs are completely independent, going through different phases at different times. A person will shed between 50 and 100 hairs a day. That said, there is research that shows that both men and women experience “seasonal hair loss” – hair is more likely to be shed in fall/early winter. Research is still limited on why exactly this happens, but some suggest that we hold on to our hair in summer to better protect our scalps. It is also thought that environmental aggressors such as sun, chlorine, sweat, and salt affect hair loss, which would explain why we experience increased shedding following the hottest months of the year, which are usually spent in the pool or on the beach.
Miriam Quevedo says that “overexposure to chemicals such as chlorine, UV rays from the sun, and microflora imbalances during the summer can cause microinflammation in the hair follicles which increases the chances of experiencing seasonal hair loss in fall”. There are also theories about how sunlight lengthens the anagen phase, and how therefore a lack of sun brings on the telogen phase.
As the temperatures continue to drop, you will need to adapt your haircare routine. Here is our guide to haircare in fall, and how exactly to prevent seasonal hair loss.
Get a good dose of vitamins
First and foremost, a balanced diet is key to healthy hair growth, as well preventing breakage and making your hair appear thicker and healthier overall. Vitamins and minerals are also effective when applied topically. They can penetrate the scalp to deliver essential nutrients to cells, as well as ensuring proper cell division and optimal hair growth.
Our Extreme Caviar Hair Loss regimen provides a cocktail of eight essential vitamins (A, B2, B5, B8, C, E, H and PP). Vitamins A, C and E act as antioxidants that protect the capillary structure from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Additionally, they work to nourish the scalp and prevent hair from drying out. Pro-vitamin B5 (Panthenol) has nourishing properties, repairs damaged hair, reinforces and protects. Vitamin B2, B8 and H regulate sebum production. Finally, Vitamin PP (Niacin) improves circulation, and ensures that the scalp and hair follicles are well nourished.
Additionally, our 5 trace elements complex – comprised of magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and silicium – provides hair with vitality and activates the cellular mechanism of the scalp. It delivers essential nutrients to the scalp to ensure optimal hair growth and prevents 5-alpha reductase from converting testosterone to dihydrotes tosterone (DHT). DHT is the leading cause of hair loss.
Exfoliate your scalp
Healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp, which is why it’s so important to incorporate scalp care into your routine, especially when trying to prevent or treat hair loss. Our Extreme Caviar Exfoliating Scrub Scalp Mask is a luxurious pre-treatment that rejuvenates the scalp and prepares it for subsequent treatments with effective, gentle exfoliation. It detoxifies skin cells, removes dead skin and neutralizes scalp imbalances, thus removing impurities such as product residue that can clog pores and hinder healthy hair growth. To keep your hair extra healthy during the cold months, apply this treatment to the scalp (in partings of approximately 3cm/1 inch apart) once a week. Leave on for five to 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Your scalp will feel revitalized.
Choose a shampoo which tackles hair loss
Through micro-circulation, our Extreme Caviar Special Hair Loss Shampoo delivers essential nutrients directly to the heart of the hair follicle. Fortified with a multi-vitamin 8 complex and 5 trace elements, it inhibits the formation of DHT – the leading cause of hair loss – and repairs and strengthens damaged hair to prevent breakage. It also works to regulate the sebaceous glands; when excess sebum builds up on the scalp, it clogs the hair follicle and hinders healthy hair growth, eventually resulting in thinning hair and hair loss. Too little sebum causes the follicles and roots of the hair to become undernourished. Eventually, the hair becomes dry and brittle, resulting in hair loss. Finally, it restores hair’s natural hydrolipidic film while our keratin and collagen peptides hydrate and form a protective film from root to tip, repairing and strengthening damaged hair to prevent breakage.
Make your hair more resistant
For a more intense treatment, our Extreme Caviar Bio-Regenerative Shock Treatment for Hair Loss contains over 20 active ingredients which penetrate the hair and scalp that work on multiple levels to help treat and prevent hair loss. The luxury active ingredients penetrate the hair and scalp and help to stimulate, activate and prolong the hair’s growth phase and follicle fortifying phase, making hair more resistant. It improves micro-circulation in the scalp, enabling nutrients to reach the roots. This helps to thicken hair, increase growth density and fight the aging process. Fortified with cegaba, a scientifically proven growth factor, this treatment can stop and revert hair loss. It promotes stronger, thicker hair and averts follicle death and reduces sebum and dandruff. Participants in a study observed the following when using our Extreme Caviar Bio-Regenerative Shock Treatment for Hair Loss in conjunction with the Extreme Caviar Special Hair Loss Shampoo:
95% agree it strengthens weak hair prone to hair loss
89% agree hair grew back fuller
88% agree hair tended to fall out less
89% agree it increases the density of hair growth
100% agree it delivers healthy, revitalized hair
95% agree it has a refreshing effect
Keep your locks conditioned
Dry, brittle hair is more likely to break. Keeping your locks hydrated and moisturized will help to prevent this from occurring. Our Extreme Caviar Conditioner Balm, formulated with caviar, provides vitality, hydration, nutrition and shine and treats the five most common symptoms of unhealthy hair: split ends, eroded cuticles, premature hair loss, lack of vitality, and irregular sebaceous glands. The balm works to restructure broken down keratin, all while restoring hydration, strength, and elasticity for more vibrant, youthful-looking hair. For extra nourishment, apply our Extreme Caviar Intensive Anti-aging Luxe Masque once a week as well.