A classic of the months between September and November is waking up in the morning and finding more hair than usual on your pillow.

hair loss in autumn

Hair loss in autumn is a normal phenomenon, so don't panic. However, it's always important to be aware of its normal symptoms and causes. This way, we will know if we are experiencing excessive hair loss, if we have to put emphasis on prevention or if we have to undergo a treatment, even.

Symptoms and possible causes

The symptoms are more than evident: loose hair on the pillow, in the shower or on the comb or brush. You may also notice your hair thinner, or weaker; in short, less healthy.

Despite the obvious and known symptoms, the causes are not entirely clear. The truth is that hair dies and is renewed throughout the year , following its natural three-stage life cycle (anagen or growth, catagen or resting and telogen or shedding). Then, why does hair fall out more profusely in autumn?

Some experts believe that hair loss in autumn is related to moulting, which is so common in all mammals. Others believe that it has more to do with change in a double sense:: on the one hand, we have just ended punishing our hair far more than usual (sun, chemicals); on the other hand, returning to our routine could have a stressful effect that can be noticed in our hair.

Is it normal for hair to fall out in autumn

The answer is a clear Yes: hair loss in autumn is normal and more abundant. An interesting note is that the hair that falls out in autumn is really hair that "died" (entering the catagen stage) in spring; just like hair takes three or four months to grow out, it also takes time to fall out...

This brings us to the second issue that arises at this time of year: how long does this hair loss last in autumn? In general terms, this hair loss should stop when entering the next stage of the hair's life cycle, so we will experience a higher intensity of hair loss in autumn for around three months..

The limit of normal, which is what really concerns us, is that this hair loss -it can be easily double the amount as usual, that is, 100-200 hairs- is not localised, does not affect density and, obviously, does not reduce considerably the amount after this period has ended.

Can we prevent this hair loss?

There are various unfounded "urban myths" about practices that lead to hair loss. Neither washing nor brushing your hair causes it to fall more profusely. What's more, good hair hygiene is advisable. Our diet, however, plays an important role, and a balanced diet, obviously, is the best guarantee of healthy hair.

If this hair loss persists and becomes concerning, it will be time to consult dermatologists and trichologists to analyse each case. Revatilising and repairing treatments are usually recommended to improve hair quality, stop hair loss and favour growth.

The tricology line by mesoestetic® opts for a home treatment with two courses of action:

  • tricology shampoo combats hair loss, with revitalising action of the scalp and strengthening of the hair shaft for men and women.
  • tricology lotion has been formulated to combat hair weakness by stimulating and strengthening the hair follicles through further hydration and an increased capacity of nutrient absorption.

Please always consult a healthcare professional to analyse your particular case.