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Do you lose hair in the Fall? (or Spring)

Do you lose hair in the Fall? (or Spring)

Several people (and animals) shed during the spring and fall seasons.

Whether this has to do with the change in the length of daylight exposure or temperature changes, no one really knows for sure what will trigger the loss of hair seasonally.

It is possible there are hormonal fluctuations causing this seasonal shedding.

Losing your hair can be upsetting, no matter your age.  If you realize that this might be a normal shed for you, you might be able to take some precautions to see if you can lessen the loss or delay the sudden loss of so much hair at one time.

It still is alarming when after months of little of no hair loss all of a sudden you are finding more than normal amounts in the sink or shower after washing your hair.

hairThis is case for me.  I have a normal loss of hair in the fall and in the spring, even after years of experiencing this I still get upset when it happens. It lasts about a month for me, then just like that stops.

There are a few things you might want to try to delay or lessen the amount of shedding.

Many folks find that using massage will help.  If nothing else, if feels good!  Massage or stimulation of the scalp might be all you need to help you keep your locks.  It may help to do the massage prior to shampooing.

If you don't shampoo your hair every day, then at least do a massage of your scalp daily. Not much, just use your fingertips and with gentle circles, massage your entire scalp.

Better yet if you can get someone else, massage it for you would be great. Scalp massage can be very relaxing.

Two essential oils that may help to stimulate hair growth and could retard hair loss includes Rosemary and Roman chamomile. 

Simply by mixing a few drops of either one in your shampoo and conditioner is easy to do.  You should only mix small batches so you can be assured you have the freshest essential oils in your products.  

How much to add? 

To a 4 oz bottle of Shampoo or Conditioner, you would add 1 teaspoon of essential oil.  This is 5 mL of essential oil or 100 drops.   If you want to add to a Carrier oil for a pre-shampoo treatment then you would only add about 20-25 drops to 4 ounces of Jojoba or carrier oil.

Wash your hair normally then, rinse, squeeze out the excess water. Dry and style your hair as usual.

Rosemary does have a tendency to darken your hair.  If you have blond hair, you might want to try the Roman Chamomile.  Often times Roman Chamomile will add a little bit of shine and bring out the golden hair colors.

Essential oils that might help

Essential oils that might help with hair loss besides Rosemary and Roman Chamomile include Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Sage, Cypress, Lavender, Lemon, Juniper, Grapefruit, Palmarosa, Yarrow, Patchouli, Rose, Thyme, and Ylang Ylang.

Mixing three or four of them with Jojoba and using as a pre shampoo massage or oil treatment may help.

Chose 2 or 3 of the above listed essential oils, add 4 drops of each to 2 tablespoons of Jojoba, blend well. Then apply several drops to your scalp and massage in. Leave in your hair for 1 to 2 hours if possible so it can absorb into your scalp.   Then shampoo as usual with an unscented mild shampoo.

How about Carrier oils? 

You have choices for the carrier oils. In place of the Jojoba, you might want to try Avocado oil or if your scalp is oily try grapeseed oil (natural astringent).   

All by itself, avocado oil may reduce hair loss when used to massage the scalp.  In some instances, this may be a better choice for those having a problem with hair loss.

There can be other reasons for hair loss. Please seek advice from a medical professional if you are not sure why you are having hair loss.

Any number of things can cause hair loss such as Nutritional deficiencies (low iron in your diet); hormonal changes, sudden and / or prolonged stress, medications, and the list go on.  

Again, it is possible the use of essential oils, massage and stimulation of the scalp will help to lessen the loss year round.

Hair Massage to stimulate the scalp

Rosemary – 10 drops
Clary Sage – 10 drops
Lavender – 4 drops
Cedarwood – 4 drops
Avocado or Jojoba or carrier oil of your choice – 2 ounces

Mix the essential oils together in a PET plastic bottle. Then add to the Carrier oil.  Mix well.

Warm the bottle of this mixture in small bowl of hot water, then apply damp hair (not dripping, just slightly damp) and massage in to scalp. Wrap the head with a towel and let the oils sit.  After one to 2 hours, shampoo your hair with a mild shampoo, rinse, dry and style as usual.


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1 Comments

Robin V.

10/25/2017 at 03:23:48 PM

Thank you so much for this article. I'll try it.