All About Environmental Stress Factors On Your Tresses

By | February 17, 2019
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All About Environmental Stress Factors On Your Tresses

To begin this article, I want to make a few things clear. This is no joke, although I chose a thought provoking heading to seize your attention! Everyone goes through some type of stress and unknowingly, this stress can materialize in numerous ways – the effect on your hair is no exception. This is about the environmental stress factors on your tresses.

There are various types of stress factors –

  • emotional
  • physical
  • environmental

In this article, we will be looking at the environment and its effect on your hair. Your hair can be stressed by something as simple as the seasonal changes – spring, summer, fall, and winter. These seasonal changes do not always occur in the physical location where you live, but can also occur in the places you visit. And naturally, wherever you go, your hair goes!

So, due consideration is needed whenever you travel from one location to the other.

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Let’s delve some more into the effects of environmental stress on your hair by taking a look at the effects based on each individual season.


purple iris flowers of spring environmental stress factors


Spring is one of my favorite seasons, Fall being the other. I love seeing the flowers in bloom, the butterflies emerging from their cocoons, the dewy rain on the grass, everything so green and full of life and rebirth.

As beautiful as it all is, it can have some effect on your hair. It has been proven in some research that people tend to experience more hair loss during the spring and autumn months. It has a lot to do with the melatonin, the effect of the sun and the quality of sleep during the spring time.

The sun in itself , even though a great free source of Vitamin D, it still needs to be taken in small doses. When going out in the sun, remember to protect not only your skin but also your hair. You can wear your choice of fashionable hats, as well as a sealant to work double duty in protecting your hair.

Then there is the rain which can sometimes result in humidity issues. The humidity starts to make your hair do things that you had not planned on doing – wilting like a flower, thirsty for water.  Although the humidity is not as heavy as in the summer, it still exists.

One way around this, is to use an humectant for your hair. This can be in the form of a liquid , gel or balm applied by hand to your hair or even in the form of a hair spray.


summer orange-hued sun

Yes, it has been said that hair grows quicker in the summer because of the heat. I choose to believe that this depends wholly on hair care, nutrition and the individual’s gene pool. Humidity is usually at its highest during the summer and your hair needs a lot of TLC – tender, loving care, without a doubt!

The best way to work around the effects of summer is to wear your hair away or off of your face. It will keep you noticeably cooler and your won’t get upset every time you pass a mirror and see the limp curls or flat hair that you spent so much time in creating before you left home.

Of course, as strange as it may sound, even cleansing your hair more often in the summer, is also a great way to stave off the effects of humidity. Just ensure that you take the time to completely dry your hair. And by all means, invest in a nice hat or hair cover that suits the occasion!


autumn colors of a gold and burnt orange leaves in forest path

I love seeing the leaves change in the Fall – such a bevy of  colors. But this ‘falling of leaves’ comes with a falling of hair as well. Research has said that this season is one where people tend to lose their hair. I think this can be attributed to the dryness of the season. Another reminder about environmental stress factors on your hair.

The wind factor alone can be very stressful on your hair. Not only because of the drying effect, but also because the wind blows your hair wherever it will and this friction on the strands will result in some kind of breakage.

In order to minimize the effect of this season, it is suggested to wear hair styles that are more protective especially on the hair ends. Also, up the moisture level a few notches to combat the dryness.


winter wonderland snow on the border of a flowing river

The cold spells of the winter season – the snow, the ice, the chill in the wind. Winter’s stress, comes not only from the environmental changes, but also from the winter gear that we use – those woolen unlined hats! Wearing hats to protect your hair from winter and its seasonal change, is a great thing. However, we must not compromise the stress to which our hair is exposed. Try wearing hats which are lined, preferably silk-lined hats versus woolen hat. The hair can become easily entangled with the wool and then gets pulled out or broken each time we take the hat on or off, of course, without even knowing the effect being caused.

In summation, the seasons are great and are to be enjoyed.

However, be mindful of their environmental stress factors  and the effects on your hair – and more importantly, how you can reduce the stress. I hope this article was informative. Please give me a feedback by leaving your comments below. Thanks  for spending time with me today.

This article has been updated February 2019.

Images courtesy of Pixabay and Pexels.

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2 thoughts on “All About Environmental Stress Factors On Your Tresses

  1. GiuliaB

    How true, Michelle, that environmental changes, such as the weather, can have an impact on our hair. Personally, and on the strength of what you write, I noticed that woolly hats in the winter flatten my hair dramatically. But that’s, I expect, due to the fact that my hair lacks volume anyway.
    But I was wondering whether hair can also be affected by car or chemical fumes, such as when you spend a lot of time surrounded by car traffic. What negative impact can this have on our hair?
    Thanks for your article, and look forward to hearing from you 🙂

    1. Michelle Post author

      Hello there Giulia,
      Thanks for your visit. Yes, Mother Nature and her ‘moods’ can indeed do a ‘number’ on our tresses if we do not take precautions. Of course, She means no harm. Yes, wool tends to draw the moisture out of your hair and makes it dry and lifeless for sure, so you are right about the woolen hats. Yes, I suspect that the fumes of cars or chemicals can also play a role in your hair care in a negative way. Another reason why you need to cleanse your hair regularly especially based on the environment you find yourself more often a part of. All the best.


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