Like the leaves, our hair has a life cycle and it too follows a certain seasonality . It starts with Anagen, the active growth, which can last from 2 to 6 years in which the hair grows about 1 centimeter per month. It passes through the maturation ( Catagen , 2 or 3 weeks in duration), and then ends with the Telogen , or the fall. In this phase, the hair remains anchored to the scalp but is inactive, and finally detaches itself definitively to make room for a new one. In fact, the hair is not lost forever, but another one will be born from the follicle. This process is known as Telogen Effluvium.
Why does it happen?
In reality there is no scientific explanation, but very valid hypotheses that make sense of this process. The cycle of life is one of the cornerstones of nature, everything is born, grows, develops and ends, and therefore our hair also shares the same destiny.
The theory that seems to be most supported is that in summer the hair thickens to protect the skin of the head, and consequently the brain, from UV rays and prevent the temperature of the skull from rising too much. In autumn, partly because the temperature drops, partly because it is a stressful period for the body being a sudden change of season, excess hair is dropped because it is no longer needed. Our body wisely prefers to lose its hair in the fall rather than in the winter, when it is much colder.
It must be borne in mind that hair and nails, from an evolutionary point of view, are considered accessory structures , not indispensable. They also consist of proteins , macromolecules essential for the functioning of the organism (muscles, enzymes, immune system, neurotransmitters). Therefore, if there is no need to "invest" the proteins in the hair, as in the case of summer to protect the scalp, they are diverted to other functions and structures that the body considers to be more important at that moment.
But everything, as we said before, is a cycle, so don't despair! We are here to help you, giving you the information you need so that this seasonal hair loss is not a problem for you and that it does not cause you discomfort.
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Hair is mainly made up of proteins, the two main ones being Keratin and Collagen . Consequently, it is important that there are enough of them in the diet. For sedentary individuals the calculation is 1.1 g / kilo, for those who practice an average sporting activity 1.3 g / kilo, for those who practice intense sporting activity 1.8 g / kilo.
Foods rich in proteins are: (the quantities of proteins are intended per 100g of food)
- Meat: chicken and beef 20g
- Fish: salmon 25g, tuna 23g
- Legumes (dried): beans and chickpeas 8g, lentils 22g
- Eggs: 6g in one egg
- Cheeses: mozzarella 22g, scamorza cheese 25g, ricotta 11g, parmesan 34g
As far as supplements are concerned, one of the most effective is certainly MSM (methylsulfonylmethane): it is also called organic sulfur and has the property of strengthening the bonds between the proteins that make up the hair and therefore making it more resistant and thick .
To take care of your hair in a complete way, it is also necessary to act from the outside: using a Keratin -based shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner, with Argan Oil, Coconut and Sweet Almonds can make the difference in terms of hair resistance and brightness . .
In light of this information, you too can reassure yourself that seasonal hair loss is nothing irreversible and irreversible. You just need to know how to deal with it with a correct diet and a daily routine created specifically for this.