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Should You Worry About Seasonal Hair Loss?

A little hair loss, about 100 strands a day is normal. What happens when hair loss occurs more frequently during specific seasons? Happy Head dermatologists give you their insights on seasonal hair loss and how to treat it.

Seasonal changes come with standard expectations: new weather patterns, new wardrobes, and holidays. What you don’t expect is hair loss. So should you worry about seasonal hair loss? Unfortunately, it can cause confusion and distress. Let’s find out if you’re experiencing seasonal hair loss and how to prevent it.  

What is Seasonal Hair Loss?

Losing a bit of hair each day is entirely normal. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA), the average person sheds 50 to 100 hairs daily. (01) There’s one time of year, however, when you may find yourself losing more hair than usual. This condition is called seasonal hair loss. With seasonal hair loss, a person loses more than the average amount lost through regular shedding. 

Some people may lose up to 150 hairs a day during the fall months, more than the usual amount. Although the reason for this seasonal hair loss is not yet well understood, it’s thought that the condition may be linked to your hair’s growth cycle. 

Seasonal Hair Loss and the Hair Growth Cycle

Hair doesn’t stay on your head forever. Instead, hair grows using a cyclical pattern of growth. Every strand goes through distinct phases and eventually falls off your head naturally, after which another new strand grows in its place. 

  • Anagen Phase: In the anagen phase, hair emerges from the root and undergoes a rapid period of growth. Also known as the “Growth Phase,” hair grows about 6 inches a year for 2 to 8 years in the anagen phase. (02
  • Catagen Phase: Unlike the anagen phase, the catagen phase lasts for a brief 10 days to 6 weeks. During this time, the hair follicle shrinks and starts limiting nutrients to the hair, slowly halting hair growth. (02
  • Telogen Phase: Also known as the “Resting Phase,” the telogen phase lasts about 2 to 3 months. Hair follicles in this phase completely stop delivering nutrients, thus completely stopping hair growth. At the end of the telogen phase is the “exogen phase,” which is when the strand falls out of the follicle, accounting for the 50-100 hairs lost daily. Events that cause stress, however, can result in a condition called telogen effluvium, in which more hair falls out than typically does in the telogen phase. (02, 03)

An analysis published in the British Journal for Preventative Dermatology found that the risk for seasonal hair loss was higher during the summer and autumn months. According to the data, the temperature transition from summer to autumn likely triggers seasonal hair loss. 

What Causes Seasonal Hair loss? 

The cause of seasonal hair loss has not yet been confirmed. However, most professionals believe that the rapid temperature change between seasons can trigger stress-induced hair loss (telogen effluvium) in some individuals. Telogen effluvium is a diffuse hair loss that happens during times of trauma or severe stress. 

Seasonal hair loss is most likely a form of telogen effluvium as a response to temperature and weather changes. Anything from psychological trauma, illness, medication or external factors like temperature can lead to the development of telogen effluvium.  Approximately 30 percent of hair follicles transition prematurely into the telogen phase during telogen effluvium, causing more hair shedding than usual. 

While temperature changes are thought to be the primary cause of seasonal hair loss, a variety of other factors may also be responsible. For example, the autumn and winter seasons also include the return to the school year and the busy holiday season. The added stress could result in telogen effluvium in the form of seasonal hair loss. 

Is Seasonal Hair Loss Permanent? 

The good news is that seasonal hair loss is temporary, like most cases of telogen effluvium. However, it may recur with the seasons. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent seasonal hair loss. Here are a few things you can do below:

  • Take Care of Your Scalp 
    • Keep your scalp clean and hydrated, especially during the dry fall and winter months. 
    • Make sure to massage gently when shampooing. The activity encourages blood flow and keeps follicles healthy. 
  • Pay Attention to Your Hair 
    • Keep your hair hydrated during cold or dry weather. Dry weather pulls moisture, so replenish it with a leave-in conditioner or do a deep condition. 
    • Limit the use of heat styling tools and restrictive hairstyles that pull at your hairline, particularly at times when you notice seasonal hair loss. 
    • Use shampoos and conditioners that are free of sulfates like our Happy Head Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner.
  • Nourish Your Scalp & Hair 
    • Nutrients help to strengthen your scalp and strands. Consume foods and supplements containing the following: vitamin A, vitamin D, saw palmetto, keratin, and probiotics. 
    • Shampoos, conditioners, and hair treatments that “thicken” hair are often infused with nourishing ingredients to help grow and strengthen hair. 

Keep in mind that seasonal hair loss is temporary and should subside as the months go by. So long as you care for your hair, you should see regrowth in a few weeks to a month. In some cases, however, what you think is seasonal hair loss could be something more serious. 

What If It’s Not Seasonal Hair Loss? 

A case of seasonal hair loss might be worrisome, but it’s not usually something to lose sleep over. Your hair might be thinner, but you can rest assured that your hair will grow back. What if you have a more permanent condition? How can you tell? To identify the signs of severe hair loss, be on the lookout for:  (05)

  • Hair that feels lighter. 
  • Bald patches and a more visible scalp. 
  • A change or recession in the hairline. 
  • A more visible scalp. 
  • An increase in strands found on hairbrushes, bedding, or drains. 
  • Signs of a bacterial or fungal infection, like itching, burning, or scaly patches. 

Seasonal hair loss usually occurs diffusely throughout the scalp, with hair falling in an even fashion. You may be experiencing something other than seasonal hair loss if you experience: 

  • Patterned Hair Loss: Progressive balding at the top of the head, temple, or hairline is categorized as patterned hair loss. Hereditary conditions like androgenetic alopecia (also known as male pattern baldness) typically see patterned hair loss, like balding at the top of the head. (06)
  • Focal Hair Loss: Focal hair loss typically occurs as bare patches on the head, face, or body. This type of hair loss is usually seen in autoimmune conditions like alopecia areata or type 1 diabetes. (06)

Whether your hair loss is temporary (like seasonal hair loss) or “permanent” (like androgenetic alopecia), there are always steps you can take to take control of the situation. Furthermore, the earlier you can identify and treat your hair loss, the better your chances of seeing regrowth. 

Treating and Preventing Hair Loss with Happy Head

If you suspect your hair loss is more than seasonal, contact a licensed dermatologist at Happy Head. We can help you determine the cause of your hair loss and develop an individualized treatment plan that’s right for you. 

But Happy Head does more than regrow your hair, we help you care for the hair that you have. Our gentle yet effective hair-thickening shampoo and conditioner are infused with hair-strengthening argan oil and biotin. We also offer hair supplements that ensure your scalp and hair get all the nutrients needed to grow healthy and strong. So get started on your hair regrowth journey today with Happy Head here and take our questionnaire. 



(01) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/shedding

(02) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499948/

(03) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6709511/

(04) https://academic.oup.com/bjd/article/178/4/978/6602544?login=false

(05) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/begin

(06) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2795266


Is it Too Late to Treat Your Hair Loss?


Happy Head customer looking at his hair regrowth progress after using custom hair loss treatment from his board-certified dermatologist.

If your hairline has already significantly receded or has severely thinned throughout, you might wonder is it too late to treat your hair loss? Are hair treatments still worth the trouble if you’ve already lost most of your hair? Before answering those million-dollar questions, let’s review some basic information about hair loss. 

Your Hair’s Growth Cycle

At a glance, it may appear as though a full head of hair grows at the same rate. However, the truth about hair growth is more complex than it seems. Healthy strands of hair grow under a definite growth cycle consisting primarily of three phases; the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase (01). Let’s walk through each to help you find out if it’s too late to treat your hair loss. 

1. Anagen Phase

The anagen phase is also known as the “growth phase.” About 90% of a full head of hair is in the anagen phase at any given time. This phase lasts the longest of any growth phase, lasting 3 to 5 years. Hair can sometimes remain in the growth phase for almost seven years. During the anagen phase, hair follicles push the hair out until the strand reaches the end of its lifespan. 

2. Catagen Phase

Once the anagen phase ends, the catagen phase begins. Unlike the growth phase, the catagen phase, also known as the transition phase, only lasts about ten days. During this time, hair growth slows down, and the hair follicles shrink. The strands become disengaged from the base of the follicles but still remain in the same spot. 

3. Telogen Phase

The telogen phase is also called the resting phase because it’s during this time that very little activity occurs for three to four months. At the end of this phase, hair naturally falls out. Sometimes, the natural process of shedding hair at the end of the telogen phase is called the “exogen phase.” The average person typically loses about 100 hairs daily. After the hair falls out, new hair growth appears, and the cycle starts over again. 

As you can see, excessive hair loss is not a normal part of the body’s hair growth cycle. If a disruption occurs within any of these three phases, problematic hair loss can result. But is it too late to treat your hair loss? Depending your personal hair growth cycles and the type of hair loss patterns you’re experiencing, let’s find out why disruption occurs.  

Why Are You Losing Your Hair? 

Because your hair’s growth cycle plays such a significant role in the health of your hair, it’s essential to figure out at which point in the growth cycle is seeing a disruption. Many factors can lead to hair loss, but where in the growth cycle a change occurs can determine whether: 

  • You experience hair thinning
  • Hair falls out gradually or suddenly
  • Your hair can regrow on its own

For example, a severe illness or stress lasting a few months or more can lead to telogen effluvium. With telogen effluvium, the anagen phase is cut short. Therefore, a more significant portion of the hair enters the telogen phase simultaneously, causing sudden and diffuse hair loss. Hair may regrow on its own after the illness or stress has passed (02). However, in some cases, hair restoration may be necessary. 

In much the same way, disrupted hair growth can also lead to hair loss. For example, an unhealthy diet or reduced blood circulation can deprive hair follicles of oxygen and nutrients. Without enough sustenance, hair growth becomes disrupted, and the anagen phase shortens. Hair may grow slowly or may never reach a desired length. 

Hereditary hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia, occurs in both men and women. In men, the more common term for this type of hair loss is male pattern hair loss or male pattern baldness. In women, it’s called female pattern hair loss (03).

With hereditary hair loss, the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) injures hair follicles, shortening as strand’s anagen phase (04). In addition, the damaged follicle also takes longer to regrow hair after the telogen phase. The hair follicle becomes smaller and smaller, resulting in follicular miniaturization. These smaller follicles produce shorter and weaker hair called vellus. Sometimes, these hair follicles may not grow hair at all without assistance.

What Does Hair Loss Look Like? 

Each person experiences hair loss differently. For some people, baldness develops at the top of the head. In others, baldness starts at the temples. In many others, however, hair loss is spread throughout the head, causing thinning but no bald spots. Hair loss typically occurs in the following three patterns; focal, diffuse, or patterned. 

  • People who experience focal hair loss typically have an autoimmune disorder, like alopecia areata. This type of hair loss occurs in patchy areas on the scalp or body. 
  • Patterned hair loss often develops in people with androgenic alopecia. People with patterned hair loss have progressive balding or thinning at the top of the scalp or the hairline. 
  • Individuals with diffuse hair loss lose hair evenly throughout their heads. Their hair becomes thin and falls out easily. Diffuse hair loss is typically seen in cases of telogen effluvium. 

It’s normal to avoid acknowledging your hair loss at first. After all, hair loss can be a traumatic and life-changing experience. So, if you’ve spent months or years watching your hairline recede or your hair thin out without any intervention, you’re not alone. Once you’ve accepted your hair loss, however, is it too late to take action? 

Is There Hope for Your Hair? 

For a small slice of the population, they can accept their hair loss without stress or a loss of confidence. For most people, however, hair loss is distressing. Watching strand after strand go down the drain or a bald spot grow bigger can hurt a person’s spirit and affect their mental health. Moreover, a person can feel hopeless after losing hair for some time.

Fortunately, there’s good news. To answer the question, “Is it ever too late to treat your hair loss?” The answer is…it is never too late!

It’s always possible to slow hair loss or even regrow your hair. While there’s no magic bullet to stop hair loss, there are methods that can reduce your hair loss. With the proper treatment, you can start seeing results in a few months to a year. Topical and oral medications like minoxidil and finasteride help improve hair follicles and promote hair growth. 

To determine the cause of your hair loss, however, it’s best to work with a trained hair loss professional. This person can provide you with a thorough assessment and recommend how to treat your hair loss. Furthermore, working with a trained professional ensures that your treatment will not only be effective but it will also be safe. 

Happy Head offer custom formulated topical treatments to help you regrow your hair and get back to you. Take the questionnaire to get started today at happyhead.com/start

It’s Never too Late to Regrow Your Hair 

If you’re searching for a hair loss treatment that fits your needs, Happy Head is for you. We customize your treatment based on your sex, age, and medical history. Happy Head’s proprietary formula is compounded monthly and not available anywhere else. 

Hair loss treatments are not one-size-fits-all, and we recognize that our products may not be the best fit for everyone. Our products also come with a money-back guarantee. So, with Happy Head, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Take the questionnaire today and set up a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist. It only takes a minute and we’ll formulate a custom-made topical treatment that’s easy to apply daily. We also have lots of options if you prefer an oral solution like our 3-in-1 SuperCapsule™ to help you regrow your hair and feel great about how you look. And you can get 50% off your first order when you use code GOHAIR at checkout. It’s never too late to regrow your hair with Happy Head. 


(01) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499948/

(02) https://www.aocd.org/page/telogeneffluviumha

(03) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/types/female-pattern

(04) https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/21/15/5342