The key to solving any problem is to find the cause, but this is hard to do with hair loss because of the multitude of contributing factors. In addition to genetics, diet, and lifestyle, many wonder if cold weather may be a cause of hair loss. If your hair thins in cold months, is the weather to blame?
The Short Answer
The short answer is “no.” Cold weather by itself does not cause your hair to fall out, and may even protect against hair loss. A study of women in Switzerland found that rates of hair loss were lowest during the winter. This suggests that warm weather may be a greater risk for hair loss, at least for women.
The Long Answer
Just because cold weather does not cause hair loss directly doesn’t mean it can’t indirectly contribute to it. Cold temperatures spur a number of behavioral and lifestyle changes, which can contribute to thinning hair in the following ways:
- Hat Tension – During the winter, many people wear tight hats or caps to keep their heads warm. These can pull or press against your hair, increasing the pressure on hair follicles and damaging the scalp. This causes hair loss over time.
- Skin Infections – In addition to putting physical pressure on your scalp, hats can also be a source of disease. Many people fail to wash their hats regularly or share them with other people, and thus risk transmitting ringworm and other skin diseases. This can cause your hair to fall off in patches.
- Other Illnesses – Serious illnesses that cause fever can also contribute to hair loss. Some of them, such as the flu, are especially likely to happen during the winter.
- Dryness – Though the cold air does not directly cause hair loss, it can dry out your scalp, making your hair brittle and more likely to break. Even if you stay out of the cold, indoor heating systems are not much better, often depriving your hair of moisture.
You can minimize winter hair loss with a few simple steps. Only wear hats that fit comfortably on your head, and consider sewing silk or satin inside the hats to reduce pressure on your hair. Wash your winter hat regularly, especially if you borrowed it from someone else. Moisturize your hair, wash it at least twice a week, and practice good hygiene to avoid getting sick. These tips will keep your hair healthy, full, and safe during the winter.
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