You see dark clouds forming and hear thunder off in the distance. You look outside and sigh. Guess I will just go for a ponytail today. You know it is not going to be a good hair day. There are certain things we learn early on, like when it is not going to be worth the effort to fight your hair. Whether you are a member of the curly hair clan or the straight hair sorority, you know that the weather can wreak havoc on your hair. Weather patterns have severe impacts on hair, causing damage that ultimately leads to hair loss.
Sun. The number one culprit for hair damage are the beautiful sunny days. Direct sun exposure bleaches hair and dries it out. Sun exposure can also damage the sensitive skin of the scalp. If you have a deep part in your hair or where it short, you may have experience a scalp sunburn. The damage to the scalp is especially harmful as deterioration there can have lasting effects on the follicles and strands of your hair.
Wind. A gentle tousling of a breeze can feel great, but the tangling and friction can have similar effects to towel drying too roughly after washing your hair. The wind whipping across the hair catches and pulls like a too rough hair brushing.
Rain. Rain alone is not going to do significant damage that will cause hair loss. However, the humidity that comes before the rain does have a significant impact. When you see your hair start to frizz, it is a show of how the hair is reacting. Hair that is dry will absorb the moisture from the water vapor in the air. The moisture buildup changes the hair’s structure – the heaviness of the moisture collapse the volume and shape.
Cold. In winter months, cold dry air has a similar drying effect as other types of weather, but with an added obstacle due to the fact that we all tend to cover up more in the winter months using hats and other items that are made with abrasive materials that dry hair out further.
The constant changes from expansion and contraction from the weather elements can have a permanent damaging effect on your hair. Weather protection is a necessary aspect of maintaining a healthy mane. Make sure to cover up your hair on more extreme weather days. If you work outside extensively, covering up is still advisable.
However, you need to make sure that your hair is staying properly hydrated and maintained with other good hair care habits. There are many products that can lock in moisture or protect hair from damage. Good deep conditioning treatments can give you more time before you get split ends from drying and friction. Babying your hair in harsher weather may take a little extra time, but preventing the damage is the best way to avoid hair loss. If you are not seeing the results you want from a hair care regimen, then it may be time to call Dr. Guenthner and his team to explore permanent hair solutions, like Neograft.
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