If you have been finding more hair wrapped around the plug hole after a shower or a bath recently, you are not alone.

You might have also noticed clumps of hair becoming tangled around vacuum nozzles, having to spend a good hour cutting endless strands from the bristles.

With the seasons changing, many people might notice an increase in hair loss, especially in the late autumn and winter months.

While this may cause concern for some, it is essential to understand that seasonal hair loss is a natural occurrence with scientific explanations.

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Why is my hair falling out so much?

Health expert Burak Ersoy and founder of Badge Clinic explains why we tend to lose more hair in the autumn.

He said: “In the summer we tend to experience hair loss less due to increased protection from the sun, whereas in the colder months, more hairs than normal fall out to make way for thicker hair growth over the winter.

“That being said,  excessive hair loss in winter is largely due to the dry air outside that dries moisture from your scalp resulting in hair damage, breakage, and hair loss.”

5 ways to prevent your hair from falling out in autumn

It's important to note that seasonal hair loss is typically temporary and most individuals will see their hair return to its normal growth pattern as the seasons change.

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To minimise the effects of seasonal hair loss, consider five key tips:

  1. Maintain a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals essential for hair health.
  2. Use cloves in your shampoo, as they have anti-fungal and antioxidant properties that can contribute to a clearer scalp, particularly for those who suffer from dry, itchy scalps or oily hair.
  3. Manage stress through relaxation techniques, exercise, and self-care.
  4. Protect your hair from harsh winter weather by wearing hats and using moisturising hair products.
  5. Consult with a healthcare professional or dermatologist if you experience excessive or prolonged hair loss.

What are other common causes of hair loss?

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Burak continued to say: “There are many different causes for hair loss from stress, age and genetics, whilst some medications have side effects from the chemicals.

“For the majority, many people lose hair due to a lack of vitamins in their diet and this can lead to certain deficiencies.

“An iron deficiency is one of the most common and you can get this checked by a doctor with supplements.

“There are other deficiencies like Vitamin D, zinc and many others that can cause hair loss, so make sure you are eating a balanced diet, including eggs and fatty fish as examples to boost hair growth.”

He added: “Lastly, exercise, mindfulness breathing, and medication can all help lower your stress levels naturally, promoting healthier hair.”