And here we are … October has arrived and with it the jackets and the first taste of winter. This month, in addition to opening the door to the cold, it drags with it a concern that haunts the minds of many people: hair loss .
There are different interpretations on the subject, often conflicting, which create confusion and false myths. So my goal today is to debunk all the falsehoods and explain once and for all what happens to our hair with the change of season .
Hair loss is a physiological phenomenon , which involves them at any time of the year: they, like the cells of our body, need to be reciprocated and regenerated. The average life of a hair is between 3 and 7 years and, at the time of the fall, there is already a new hair under it ready to grow in length.
To better understand hair loss it is necessary to tell you how their life cycle happens , which is divided into three phases:
- Anagen : growth period where the hair stretches and forms all its structures. It lasts about 2-4 years in men and 3-7 years in women, but in cases of baldness or major losses it is shorter: it is precisely in this phase therefore, that it is necessary to act promptly , trying to prevent early fall
- Catagen : our hair stops growing because cellular activities slow down, thus preparing it for future fall . This phase lasts about a few weeks.
- Telogen : the hair begins to be less anchored to the hair follicle and is ready to fall. Through mechanical stresses such as brushing, the hair is removed and falls. Our hair follicle, unlike the common imaginary, does not remain empty: in fact, there is a new hair ready to grow and lengthen, returning our hair follicle back to the anagen phase , then GROWTH.
As the animals “shed” during the change of season, also for the human being in autumn and in spring the hair loss increases.
On average, 50 to 100 are lost per day; hair loss becomes more worrying when you begin to notice that on the pillow, in the tub or in the sink, there are consistent strands of hair. In these cases you should contact a professional trichologist to find together a remedy and an effective medical cure.
Another important consideration to know about hair loss is that it affects humans the mostfor a genetic factor. In fact, testosterone triggers a particular reaction that causes the hair in the ANAGEN phase (growth) to stop the processes of cellular development, bringing it early to the CATAGEN phase (slowing down).
The thinning generally begins on the frontal part and on the vertex of the head for a simple anatomical question: in these areas the musculature is not present, the skin is less vascularized and the nourishment reaches the hair in a less direct and important way.
Once the ideas are clear, my advice is to use anti-fall products in case you want to strengthen the hair , not to get a “Rapunzel hair”. To achieve the best results it is also necessary to use detoxifying clays that completely free the hair follicle, so that the energizing product can penetrate as far and as deeply as possible.