top of page
  • Writer's picturePierino Scarfo

Spring Shedding: Why Your Hair Takes a Hike During the Season Change

Ah, spring! The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and your hair is... falling out? If you've noticed a few more strands in your hairbrush lately, fret not! It's all part of the seasonal shedding phenomenon, and we're here to break it down for you. 

During the transition to spring, our bodies undergo some changes in preparation for warmer weather. As the temperature rises, our skin and scalp adjust by ramping up oil production to combat potential dehydration. However, for those with drier skin types, this increase in oil may not reach the hair follicles adequately, leaving them parched and prone to breakage. 

Now, let's take a quick trip back to high school biology class, shall we? Hair growth occurs in three phases: Anagen (active growth), Catagen (transition), and Telogen (resting). As spring temperatures climb, some hair strands may prematurely enter the Telogen phase, causing them to shed sooner than usual. It's like your hair is shedding its winter coat in anticipation of the warmer days ahead! 

Ever noticed how your furry friends seem to shed more in spring? Well, humans aren't immune to this seasonal molt either! Just as animals shed their heavy winter coats for lighter ones in spring, our hair follows a similar pattern. So, if you're finding a few extra strands on your brush, blame it on nature's spring cleaning. 

But wait, there's more! Another factor contributing to spring shedding is the decrease in melatonin production. With fewer daylight hours and less exposure to sunlight compared to summer, our bodies produce less melatonin, throwing our hormonal balance off-kilter. And we all know that wonky hormones can wreak havoc on our hair growth cycle! 

Now, here's the good news: that extra hair you're shedding isn't really a loss at all. Think of it as your hair's way of refreshing itself for the new season, shedding the old to make way for the new. However, it's essential to take extra care of your scalp during this time to ensure a healthy foundation for new growth. Keep those follicles clean, hydrated, and happy to prevent any additional shedding caused by buildup and blockage. 

When it comes to scalp care, your friendly neighborhood hair experts at Pierino Scarfo Hair Salon in Westboro are here to help. Whether you're dealing with dryness, buildup, or excess shedding, we've got the solutions you need to keep your scalp and strands in top condition. And hey, if you're in the market for some hair-loving products, we've got some favorites from Kerastase and Oribe up our sleeves! 

In addition to scalp care, don't forget to pamper your strands with some extra TLC. Treat them to a protein-rich hair mask or conditioner to replenish any lost nutrients and strengthen the hair shaft. And remember, be gentle with your hair to avoid unnecessary breakage during this shedding season. 

So, embrace the shedding, embrace the change, and embrace the journey to healthier, happier hair this spring. While spring shedding may seem alarming, it's a natural process that signifies your hair's readiness for the new season. By understanding the factors contributing to shedding and taking proactive steps to care for your scalp and strands, you can ensure that your hair remains healthy, vibrant, and ready to shine all season long. 

For any hair-related questions, don't hesitate to ask our Westboro hair stylists during your next salon visit. We’re here to support you and your hair goals every step of the way! Follow us on social media, and explore our services and pricing on our website at


The Hair Stylist Specialists at Pierino Scarfo Hair Salon in Westboro, Ottawa. 



bottom of page