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Do Women Lose More Hair During the Summer?

If you ask random women when they notice the most hair loss, many will tell you that it’s during the summer months. Is this because women pay more attention to their hair in the summer? Is it because of the sun? Is it even true that women lose more hair in the summer?

Hair has a cycle. It grows, it rests, some falls out, and new hair grows. We shed at least 50 and up to 100 hairs per day during the resting phase called telogen. Losing more might mean that other factors exist that are causing telogen effluvium or excessive shedding.

What does this mean for hair during the summer? There is some evidence that women experience an increase in telogen, meaning more hair than usual enters this phase. The more hair that is in telogen, the more hair that falls out.

What Causes Telogen Effluvium?

Other than a change of season, many factors can contribute to increased hair shedding. Factors that can cause telogen effluvium include:

  • Childbirth
  • Trauma
  • Illness
  • Covid-19
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Dieting
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Moving
  • Divorce
  • Death in the family
  • A new job or losing a job
  • Medication
  • Hormonal changes

The above factors can push a greater-than-normal amount of hair into the telogen phase. Approximately three months later, that greater-than-normal amount of hair falls out.

The weather might be a factor too. Studies suggest that during the warmest months of the year, otherwise healthy women experience an increase in telogen. The most hair shedding occurs in August and September.

Does the heat push more hair into telogen? Is it the sudden weather change that causes more hair to rest and shed? Do women feel extraordinarily stressed as summer approaches?

We might never know exactly why women lose more hair during the summer. However, it does seem to be a “thing.”

The Good News About Seasonal Hair Shedding

There is good news for people who experience seasonal excessive hair shedding. Telogen effluvium is most likely temporary. The hair growth cycle can return to normal after the summer ends.

It can also return to normal after the trauma, stress, illness, or other events that caused the disruption passes.

What Can You Do About Summer Hair Shedding?

It is quite typical to lose more hair during the summer, and it is usually nothing to worry about.

However, if you have patches of hair loss, or experience noticeable hair loss along your temples or where you part your hair, it might indicate a deeper issue. You should consider seeing a professional who can determine the root of the hair loss. If you have alopecia areata, pattern baldness, or a medical condition contributing to your hair loss, you might find solutions.

If your excessive shedding makes you self-conscious or interferes with your confidence, call Riviera Hair Replacement to find out how we can help. We can design and create a hair replacement system that maximizes your existing hair or a wig that provides full coverage and comfort.

Call Riviera Hair Replacement today at 516-364-0110 to schedule your free consultation. We can ensure you leave here with the head of hair you want, one that helps you look and feel your best.