Winter’s harsh weather conditions have long been known to impact our skin. Most know to gear up their skincare routine to accommodate for the changes in temperature and a lack of moisture. However, what about the effects winter can have on our hair?
It’s not just the drop-in temperature which makes this time of year bad for our hair. The parties, winter sun and significant change in diet can also prove problematic for our locks. So, how can winter impact our hair and how can you protect your hair at this time of year?
The link between alcohol and hair loss
One of the main highlights of the festive season for many of us is alcohol and lots of it! However, did you know that excessive amounts of alcohol can lead to hair loss? Considering alcohol is a toxin, it’s not surprising it can have negative effects on our hair.
When you drink alcohol, it causes the body to become dehydrated. It literally drains the water from your body, along with essential nutrients you need to stay healthy. If the body isn’t hydrated, it can cause damage within the hair shaft and follicles.
Alcohol is also known to be acidic. This means, when you drink a lot of it, your body will become more acidic, causing it to start doing all it can to reduce acid levels. Part of this process involves using up proteins such as keratin; a key protein required to keep the hair strong. When keratin levels are low, it will cause the hair to become weaker and more prone to breakage. It also increases the risk of hair shedding.
These are just two ways alcohol can damage the hair. So, if you want to avoid hair loss this festive season, avoid drinking more than the recommended amount.
A lack of Vitamin D and hair loss
Another potential danger to your hair in winter is a lack of vitamin D. As the weather turns colder, we tend to spend a lot more time indoors. This means, our bodies aren’t getting as much vitamin D as they should. The sun is also weaker during the winter, so it doesn’t always provide strong enough rays to help our bodies produce the vitamin.
The trouble is, vitamin D plays a large role in stimulating the hair follicles. So, if there isn’t enough of it, the growth of new hair can end up stunted. Vitamin D deficiency has even been linked to more serious hair loss conditions such as alopecia. Therefore, it’s crucial to top up your vitamin D levels through other sources such as supplements.
These are just two ways the winter season can lead to hair loss or hair thinning. There’s also the stress of the holidays and eating an unhealthier diet which can trigger excess hair shedding. So, if you want to protect your hair this festive season, it’s important to limit your alcohol intake, ensure you’re getting adequate vitamin D and keep your stress levels to a minimum.