Trichologist Dr Shahid Shamsher talks about the impact of rising heat on hair loss.

Summer heat particularly affects certain type of people known in Ayurveda as “pitta” constitution with such people often having more sweating and oilier scalp than others. This group invariably ends up with more itching and scratching on the scalp and associated increase in hair loss.

As the heat levels increase, some degree of itching is inevitable and in fact quite normal and will not cause hair loss. But some people will have a higher than normal itching on the head and often such people have scalp infections which definitely leads to hair fall and baldness. In addition to itching, such people also have dandruff flakes, more boils on the head, pain in the roots, and on scratching the head often get a white powdery substance in the finger nails.


One obvious precaution is to keep the scalp very clean. There are patients where the scalp sweat and oil secretions are so high, that they need to wash their head even twice a day. In these circumstances there is nothing wrong with that. However it would be a mistake to confuse this itching as due to scalp dryness and apply oil. In fact oiling would worsen the situation. If you are wearing a helmet and traveling quite a bit, wear a cotton scarf inside the helmet, which you can then put for washing everyday.

Dr Shahid Shamsher is a leading Trichologist certified from UK, Australia & India. Practicing since 27 years in the field of Trichology, even today he consults every patient personally himself rather than leave it to assistants. He can be reached on 080 42067474 / 75.

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