A new study has revealed that summer shedding might just be a thing. The researchers used Google search analysis and identified that hair loss searches were most frequently carried out in summer.
Interestingly, the research showed hair loss searches increased during summer within both hemispheres of the globe. So, is summer shedding really a thing and if so, why does it occur? Below, we’ll look at the link between seasonal hair loss in summer and what, if anything, can be done about it.
How reliable is the new study?
The new hair loss study looked at data provided from eight different countries, from the years 2004 to 2016. The researchers made sure to only use data from English speaking countries such as the UK, US and Australia.
They looked into the search volume for hair loss during each month of the year in both northern and southern hemisphere countries. They also gathered temperature information for each country. They discovered that people in both hemispheres searched for hair loss more during the summer and autumn months. This backed up results from small previous studies into seasonal hair loss.
However, as the study simply involved analysing Google search data, its results aren’t overly reliable. There is no way to determine whether those who searched for hair loss actually experienced the problem themselves. However, as it does seem to back up results from previous studies, it does highlight a link between the seasons and hair loss.
The link between summer and hair loss
So, why does the hair appear to fall out more during the summer season? The answer is likely the impact that the warmer weather has on the hair growth cycle with more hair follicles entering the resting phase and more likely to fall out.
Another potential reason for seasonal hair loss during the summer is crash diets. It’s common for people to undergo strict crash diets as they prepare for the summer months. Poor nutrition and fad diets are known to cause issues with hair loss. So, if you haven’t been eating correctly, you could start to experience more significant hair loss or thinning once summer does arrive.
Can summer-related hair loss be prevented?
While it may not be possible to prevent seasonally related hair loss and thinning completely, there are some prevention tips you can follow.
Ensuring you follow a healthy, balanced diet will help. Consuming foods such as avocados, salmon and almonds which have a good amount of healthy fats can help. You can also potentially consider topical hair loss medications such as Minoxidil.
If the hair loss is noticeable and prolonged though, it is important to seek a diagnosis from a properly qualified medical expert to rule out any more serious hair loss conditions.