This winter phenomenon tends to dry the skin and make the nails brittle and easily broken. What does it do to hair? Am I more likely to lose my hair to go along with my brittle and broken fingernails? Will I be soon seeking hair loss treatments?
The short and simple answer is, “No.” A European study recently concluded that we actually lose less hair in the winter than we do in warm weather. Some professionals believe that it is because our bodies are going back to the days when humans were more reliant on hair for warmth. Going along with this, we do know that Melatonin, that wonderful hormone secreted by the brain, is responsible for making us sleepy during the short, dark days of winter and also regulates hair growth cycles, spurring more growth in the winter months.
However, there are some aspects of the cold weather which can have negative effects on hair, and lead to patchy hair loss. At the top of the list is dry scalps which are caused by central heating as well as cold weather. It can lead to brittle, fragile hair. Pulling off and putting on tight hats will snap and break this fragile hair. Sometimes, the cold, dry air can cause the cuticle layer of the hair to lift. Then, when you go into an overheated room you can leech out the moisture in your hair leaving it dry and frizzy. Wind can also damage the hair. Exposure to buffeting wind will create tangles and snags in long hair. The effect can be roughing up the cuticle layer causing the hairs to catch on one another and develop split ends.
In conclusion, although winter is not perceived as a “hair loss season,”it is important to remember that dry scalps are unhealthy and they grow brittle, breakable hair, in which excessive friction –like pulling on and off too-tight hats – can snap and uproot hair.
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