Hair loss can be a stressful and upsetting experience for anyone, no matter your age, gender, or lifestyle. However, did you know that everyone experiences a certain level of hair loss throughout the year?
Even if you aren’t losing large clumps of hair on your hairbrush or in the shower, you’re still shedding strands on a regular basis. It’s all part of having a healthy head of hair.
Before diving into the times of the year when most people notice more hair loss than usual, it’s important to understand the typical life cycle of hair and how you can expect your locks to change throughout the year.
What is Hair’s Natural Life Cycle?
Each hair on your head has a life cycle of roughly three to six years. At any given time, most of your hairs are in their growing phase (or anagen phase). A small percentage of your hairs are in their dormant (or catagen) phase, and they will remain in this phase for anywhere from two to six months before they reach the telogen phase and fall out.
This is why finding a few hairs here and there isn’t cause for concern. There will always be a portion of your hair that is getting ready to shed in order to make room for new growth. However, if you start to notice more hairs coming out of your scalp than normal, you should talk to your doctor about potential causes and what you can do to fix the issue.
Why Hair Tends to Shed in Autumn?
If you’re experiencing more hair loss than normal and you can’t determine any medical or environmental cause, take a look at your calendar. Are the autumn months approaching, or have they already arrived? This may be the culprit behind your increased hair shedding.
What happens during the autumn months in particular that could cause hair to fall out at an increased rate? The fact is that the telogen phase tends to delay during the summer months so that your hair protects your scalp from sun exposure.
This means that once the hot, sunny time of year comes to an end, your hair’s natural life cycle temporarily speeds up to compensate for the telogen-phase delay. Thus, the telogen phase is expedited, and the result is a short-term increase in the number of hairs you naturally lose through normal activity on a daily basis.
How to Prevent Seasonal Hair Loss?
Even though hair loss is a natural part of the hair life cycle and seasonal hair loss is only temporary, it can still take a toll on your physical appearance as well as your confidence. For many people, a great hair day can set the tone for the day in the same way that a bad hair day can.
Luckily, you don’t just have to accept that you won’t be as confident in your hair’s look and feel during the fall. You can take your pick among a wide variety of all-natural, vegan hair products from Kavella that will help your hair look and feel stronger and thicker, even when you’re losing more strands than usual.
Let’s take a look at a few options based on different needs and desired outcomes.
Organic Scalp Oil
One of the best ways to boost hair retention and even increase hair growth is by stimulating more blood circulation to the scalp. With Kavella’s Scalp and Hair Oil Treatment, you can do just that with quick and easy application twice per week.
This scalp oil treatment creates natural hair growth using a variety of organic and vegan ingredients that have been linked to increased hair growth, including hair growth oils such as rosemary, peppermint, lavender, olive, and castor. Follow up your application of this silicone-free scalp oil with a Kavella shampoo of your choice for thick, beautiful hair.
Sulfate-Free Clarifying Shampoo
Kavella’s Clarifying Shampoo is a scalp-stimulating shampoo that works great in tandem with the Scalp and Oil Treatment. When used together, these products can bring some much-needed shine back to thin hair by rejuvenating it from the roots.
This sulfate-free clarifying shampoo contains only the purest ingredients and works to detoxify the scalp, boost circulation for increased hair growth, reduce excess oil on the scalp, and even control dandruff production.
Additionally, Kavella’s Clarifying Shampoo is a pH-balanced clarifying shampoo, which means regular use will help balance your scalp’s natural acidity levels — and a healthy scalp equals healthy hair.
Vegan Volumizing Shampoo
What if you want to increase the volume and body of your hair while you’re working on hair maintenance and growth from the scalp down to the ends? The best way to do so is to start with the typical hair care routine you already have: shampoo and conditioner.
Volumizing Shampoo from Kavella is a gentle shampoo for fine hair that is designed to boost volume without damaging the hair with harmful and toxic ingredients. This vegan volumizing shampoo uses powerful natural ingredients like bamboo extract, aloe vera, and plenty of vitamins to make hair feel bouncy and weightless instead of dull and limp.
Pair it with Kavella’s Volumizing Conditioner, a vegan, gluten-free conditioner that takes your hair from brittle and dry to thick and moisturized. This silicone-free conditioner is great for thin, oily hair and uses the natural power of ingredients like aloe vera, sweet almond oil, and rice protein to create the richness and shine you’re looking for in your ’do.
If you’re looking to boost your volume outside your typical hair care routine, consider Kavella’s Volumizing Mousse as your next step. This silicone-free hair mousse is vegan and nonaerosol, so it’s as friendly to the earth as it is to your hair and scalp.
The volumizing mousse foam is carefully formulated with a plentitude of healthy ingredients to encourage natural curls and waves. Additionally, this texture mousse won’t dry out your hair like other volumizing products; in fact, you’re sure to see (and feel) increased moisture in your hair as well as some much-needed bounce and volume.
Volumizing Hair Products
There are so many fun and unique ways to play with your hair’s appearance by trying out different styles, and with Kavella, you have the freedom to play around with lots of incredible products without worrying about damaging your hair with toxic chemicals.
Take our Teasing Powder, for example — a volumizing powder that gives your hair the full, healthy appearance you crave without all the harmful substances of major brands.
Thanks to all-natural ingredients like organic arrowroot powder and organic tapioca starch, this hair volume powder adds texture as well as volume while absorbing the extra oil on your scalp that’s giving your strands a lifeless appearance.
Salty Sugar Texture Spray
Volume and texture go hand in hand when it comes to hair, and if you’re in need of a bit more texture to support boosted volume, look no further than Kavella’s Salty Sugar Texture Spray. With this vegan texture spray, you’ll love how easy it is to achieve perfect beachy waves without any harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients.
Epsom salts, organic raw coconut sugar, hydrolyzed rice protein, and other all-natural ingredients work together to increase visible hair texture, increase hold power, boost volume, and strengthen your strands.
More Ways to Support Hair Health
Using the right products on your hair is important for keeping thick, healthy hair, especially during the fall months when hair loss increases for most people.
While you’re increasing hair growth and boosting your hair’s appearance with Kavella products, here are a few other ways you can support your hair health through your lifestyle choices.
Eat Plenty of Protein
Did you know that most adults need between 40 and 60 grams of protein every day to support regular bodily functions, including proper hair growth? Protein is one of the most important macronutrients, and luckily, it’s plentiful in many of the foods that make up a typical American diet.
Meat and dairy sources like beef, chicken, fish, eggs, and Greek yogurt are packed with protein. If you don’t eat meat, you can also get your daily protein from plant sources like tofu, beans, and quinoa.
Don’t Forget Micronutrients
Nutrition is a complex science, and every person has different nutritional needs. However, all people need a good balance of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) in order to maintain good health.
If your hair is falling out more than usual even though you tend to eat enough macronutrients, you may be missing the micronutrient piece of the puzzle. Try including more fruits and vegetables in your daily intake, or consider taking a multivitamin.
High stress can cause various health issues, and increased hair loss is just one of these. If you’re under a significant amount of stress due to work, family, or other factors, try to find ways that you can increase self-care practices that give your mind and body a break. Getting more sleep can also help to decrease the amount of stress on your body.
In short, increased hair loss during autumn doesn’t have to ruin your fall fun. It can be managed with the right hair care products, a healthy and well-balanced diet, and good attention to self-care.