Summer has faded into memory, the leaves are falling…and wait…so is your hair? You may be seeing more lost hair in your brush, on your pillow and clogging the shower drain. Before you panic, you should know, seasonal hair shedding is a real thing.

The good news? Hair will shift back to the growth (anagen) phase with the peak percentage hitting in the spring.* Taking care of your hair as it goes through this natural process with hair shedding products is key. INTACT can help balance out your hair’s transitions through the seasons by reducing hair shedding.



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Why Does Hair Shed More in the Fall & Winter?

A theory on why our hair sheds as summer transitions into fall is based on the practicality that with warmer months and extended sunshine, our scalp needs more protection, aka hair, from UV rays.

Once the days transition to cooler weather and less sunlight, hair enters into the telogen, or shedding phase. The cycle of increased shedding is supported by an uptick in Google searches for increased hair loss during the fall months.**

Colder, dryer weather in the winter months plus exposure to heat can lead to dry scalp conditions and dry, brittle hair. Oftentimes when the moisture balance is compromised for hair and scalp, it results in breakage and an unhealthy scalp environment prone to itching, flaking and dryness. Hair follicles can get inflamed and excessive, seasonal hair shedding can occur.

* Kunz M, Seifert B, Tr€ueb RM. Seasonality of hair shedding in healthy women complaining of hair loss Dermatology 2009; 219:105–10.

** Hsiang, E. , Semenov, Y. , Aguh, C. and Kwatra, S. (2018), Seasonality of hair loss: a time series analysis of Google Trends data 2004–2016. Br J Dermatol, 178: 978-979. doi:10.1111/bjd.16075

 Four Tips to Transition Hair into Fall & Winter

If you approach seasonal hair shedding as ‘out with the old, in with the new’ then you have the opportunity to create the best environment for your new hair growth to thrive.

 Four Tips to Transition Hair into Fall & Winter

If you approach seasonal hair shedding as ‘out with the old, in with the new’ then you have the opportunity to create the best environment for your new hair growth to thrive.

1. Use INTACT Scalp & Hair Primer as a hair shedding treatment to help stop shedding hair.

40% of women claim they have excessive hair shedding on hair washing days. Using INTACT can reduce this shedding by up to 77% as seen in clinical studies. INTACT also helps hydrate hair and scalp with coconut fatty acids – perfect to combat dryness and seasonal hair shedding in cooler months and climates.

2. Eat a well-balanced diet.

Healthy hair growth has much to do with how you eat and if you are getting proper nutrients. Your body will prioritize other system functions over hair growth and divert needs away from growing hair if it’s not getting good nutrition. Read Diet & Hair Shedding for more on healthy hair nutrition.

3. Be gentle to your hair.

Gentle means TLC. Use a good quality shampoo and conditioner that won’t dry hair. Avoid washing with really hot water – this disrupts hair’s moisture balance, making it prone to brittleness and breakage. Detangle carefully with a wide-tooth comb. Minimize the use of hot tools. Treat hair to a deep conditioning treatment once a week – particularly if you live in colder climates.

4. Get regular trims.

It’s easy to skip or push off getting a hair trim, however managing split ends is essential to reduce breakage, cracking and a compromised cuticle. This is particularly true for medium to long hair. Once you get into a consistent routine, every 6-8 weeks, you can help maintain healthier-looking, stronger hair.

Hair Shedding, Thinning and Hair Loss

Excessive hair shedding is often one of the first signs of a hair loss condition. Hair thinning and hair loss is a complex issue, therefore it’s important to understand the hair growth cycle and causes of hair loss.

Anagen Phase

The growth stage of hair. About 85% of hair on the scalp is in the growth stage at any one time.

Lasts 3-5 years.

Catagen Phase

The transition stage of hair. The hair bulb detaches and prepares for shedding.

Lasts 2-3 weeks.

Telogen Phase

The resting stage of hair. About 15% of hair is in this phase at any given time. New hair begins growing as the old hair is resting.

Lasts about 3 months.

Exogen Phase

The shedding stage of hair. The old hair is loosened and detaches resulting in shedding. The new hair will push up and the cycle starts again with the Anagen growth phase.

Normal shedding is considered 50-150 hairs per day.

Hair Shedding or Hair Loss
What’s the Difference?

Due to the multitude of factors that may contribute to hair loss and the many kinds of hair loss conditions, it can be overwhelming to understand this complex issue. Even understanding the difference between hair shedding and hair loss can be difficult as this terminology is often used interchangeably. Let’s take a closer look at how they do indeed differ.

Hair Shedding

Normal hair shedding is considered 50-150 strands a day. At times, and due to certain life changes or practices, we may experience more hair fall. When the body sheds hair excessively, this is called Telogen Effluvium. Typically, this type of hair shedding is temporary and can be resolved once the cause is addressed. Hair will go back to its normal growth cycle in 6-9 months.

Hair Shedding Triggers

• Acute stress
• Sickness with high fever 
• Giving birth 
• Rapid weight loss / crash dieting 
• Having an operation

Hair Loss

Hair loss on the other hand is when hair stops growing. This type of hair loss is called Anagen Effluvium. Hereditary hair loss, auto-immune disorders and drugs, medical treatments or certain health disorders will trigger anagen effluvium. A dermatologist can help you determine if you have hair loss or excessive hair shedding and can put you on the right path to resolving your condition.

Hair Loss Triggers

• Genetic hair loss, called Female Pattern Hair Loss
• Immune disorders
• Permanent Traction Alopecia 
• Trichotillomania – disorder where one pulls their own hair out 
• Chemotherapy-induced alopecia