How to Stop Winter Hair Shedding

by Viviscal Hair Expert on October 18th, 2018

winter hair shedding

Did you know that winter hair shedding happens to most of us, as seasonal change can affect hair? However, you can stop hair loss in the winter by addressing the most common causes of the season’s hair shedding.

Tips for Winter Hair Care

Winter seasonal hair shedding can be affected by the stress of the holidays. When we are busy planning holiday events for Christmas and New Year’s, celebrating with family and friends, combined with a lack of sleep, over time it can impact the look and feel of your hair. During this busy time of year, plan 5 minutes out of every day to stop and do something for you. These 5 minutes are your time to regroup and take a breather from the holiday stress. This break just for you can be anything you enjoy — take your coffee to your favourite chair in the morning, read celebrity gossip online, or sit and meditate to quiet your thoughts and centre yourself. You will feel calmer, healthier, and more able to deal with the holiday craziness. And your hair will thank you.

One cause of shedding or thinning hair in winter is dryness. Your radiator and other central heat along with the dry wintry air outside can wreak havoc on your hair. Protect as much of your hair from the winter air when outside. And though you’ve likely heard the recommendation to reduce shampooing to every other day, it’s important to keep your scalp clean to create the ideal environment for healthy hair growth. Use a gentle shampoo that gently exfoliates and cleanses the scalp to remove debris and sebum. Then follow with an ultra light moisturising conditioner to nourish and soften dry hair.
Another tip for winter hair care? Get regular haircuts. A trim every 6-8 weeks, depending on your hair length, will help trim the dry, dull ends that weigh hair down. And the shorter hair looks fuller and healthier.
During the winter and the holidays, our diets usually suffer. We eat more holiday treats at parties and events, and more processed fast foods when out rushing to do holiday chores. Plus, for most of us, winter means less selection of fruits and vegetables in our grocery store, and the fruits and veggies on offer are usually less fresh than in spring or summer. Poor diet can affect your hair. Nourish your strands by making an effort to eat more healthy hair foods during winter. Sit down to regular, complete meals that include marine proteins, dark leafy greens (for iron), nuts (for zinc) and red peppers (for vitamin C). Or try a drug-free hair growth supplement that is clinically researched to nourish thinning hair from within.