winter hair

Learn how to protect your tresses when the mercury starts to drop.

Did you know more than one out of every three women will experience hair thinning or hair loss sometime in their life? We asked Caroline Ruggiero, VP/ Director of Business Operations at Capilia by Truly You (http://www.trulyyou.ca), in Mississauga, Ont., to give us her best advice to protect your hair this winter and prevent thinning.

1. Keep your hair clean

"Using shampoos, conditioners and styling products that have no sulphates, parabens, silicones or mineral oils is the first step to a healthy scalp and healthy hair," says Ruggiero. "Cleansing procedures, combined with infusing the scalp with nutrients, is what promotes hair strengthening and growth."

However, the scalp has to be clarified of any residue before it can receive the full benefits of the nutrients it will be infused with. Ruggiero recommends looking for products with proteins, amino acids and PRO vitamin B5. However, if these ingredients are paired with too many additives or preservatives their impact on your hair and scalp health is limited.

3. Brush every day

Most hair problems start at the roots. "Like our skin, which needs to be cleansed and moisturized daily, our scalp needs similar attention," says Ruggiero. "Scalp care is just as essential to prevent hair damage. Brushing is extremely important for thinning hair because it stimulates the scalp, and promotes circulation and new hair growth. Brushing will also prevent your follicles from becoming clogged with oils and scales."

Hair can also easily become dry during the winter from indoor heating and cold weather. Brushing can help prevent your hair from becoming brittle.

3. Know what seasonal hair loss looks like

Seasonal hair loss occurs two times per year in the spring and fall. But Ruggiero says it's nothing to worry about because shedding hairs are replaced by new hairs that are healthy and vigorous. "Generally we lose 25 to 45 hairs per day, but during seasonal hair shedding you will notice more hair loss than normal."

Many women will begin to lose hair when they experience a change in their estrogen levels, such as during pregnancy, discontinuing birth control pills and taking or stopping hormone replacement therapy. Other causes for female hair loss include heredity, diet, illness, medication and stress. The reasons for hair loss vary from person to person. If you're seeing more and more of your scalp, your pony tail is becoming thinner or you're experiencing full or partial baldness, speak to a trichologist who can assess your hair and scalp and suggest specific treatments.