It’s well known that the harsh winter elements can cause your lips and your skin to become dry, chapped, and brittle; it only makes sense that the same would hold true for your hair. Indeed, cold winds and generally low temperatures—plus the dry air found in heated buildings—can really take its toll on your hair. This presents the need for some special hair care provisions during the coldest months of the year—steps you can take to ensure that your hair remains healthy and vibrant, not dry and brittle.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to women’s hair loss. Medical conditions can certainly lead to excessive shedding, as can many medical treatments, like radiation and chemotherapy. Extreme weight loss has been known to contribute to hair loss. So have many scalp conditions, and even hereditary factors. More than anything else, though, women’s hair loss can be linked with hormones. Essentially, any life change that pertains to the hormones could potentially lead to hair loss.
Taking medicine is supposed to make you better, stronger, healthier—and generally, that’s the effect that it has. In some cases, though, medication can also exert side effects on the body, sometimes quite serious and sometimes relatively minor. One side effect that can be most unwelcome is hair loss. Unfortunately, hair loss is a common side effect of many different types of medication. If you have noticed yourself losing hair, you might stop and ask yourself whether it could be the result of a medication you are on. Of course, this is also a good topic to raise with the prescribing physician.
If you notice a little bit of shedding, don’t panic: Some minor hair loss is a normal part of the hair growth process. The problem comes when that minor hair loss snowballs into something more major—something that some women experience seasonally. Autumn can be an especially bad time for seasonal hair loss—but what’s the cause of it? And more importantly, what’s the solution?
Your hair goes through a lot, possibly more than you realize. Shampooing, conditioning, coloring, combing, styling—it’s a grind, and after a while it takes its toll. One of the most obvious examples of this is the presence of split ends, dead giveaways that your hair is less than optimally healthy and could use a little TLC.