With summers having arrived, Trichologist Dr Shahid Shamsher tells about some precautions one can take to avoid hair and scalp problems this season.
Does rate of hair loss get affected in summers?
Only for certain types of people, there is an increase in hair loss. Typically these are people that we describe as having “heaty” constitution. Often the characteristics of these people are having high levels of sweating and sebum secretion especially on the scalp and face areas.
How do they get affected?
Because these types of people are very sensitive to heat and tend to sweat very easily, they are more vulnerable to scalp infections at this time of year. Often the main complaints are of increasing boils and other such eruptions, itching and irritation in the scalp and accompanied increase in hair loss. People who especially get affected are those who have to travel long distance from home to work wearing a helmet. Most helmets have very poor ventilation, not allowing the sweat to dry. Also because the inside of the helmets are seldom cleaned, the sponge lining often is greatly contaminated and the source of many a fungal infections.
What precautions would you advise?
The most important thing here is to maintain a routine of thorough scalp cleanliness. Consider changing your shampoos to a more deep cleansing one. Often the shampoo which suited you in winter, may not work out as well in summers. Frequency of washing also needs to be increased in summers as compared to winters. People using helmets and traveling long distance should wear a cotton scarf within the helmet. After removing the helmet, do not bunch up the scarf and put it back into the helmet as many people tend to do. That does not allow the scarf to dry. Put the scarf for washing at the end of the day and use a clean one every other day.
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.