Are You Stressing Your Way Towards Baldness?
There are lots of myths about balding, but the one that says stress can cause your hair to fall out is no myth. Stress is certainly not just “in your head,” but can show up as a parade of very real physical side effects. Common effects of stress include sleep problems, headaches, decreased productivity, high blood pressure, obesity, even diabetes and heart disease. And, yes, balding or thinning hair, too. Surprisingly, the notion that stress can cause hair to gray is a myth. Despite the phenomenon of so many American presidents who’ve gone gray while in office, scientists have yet to find a link between gray hair and stress, while the link between hair loss and stress is evident.
What Do Stress Levels Have To Do With Hair Loss?
Short-term, everyday stress is usually not going to cause you to lose hair, but severe stress can (especially if it’s the sort of stress that has changed your sleeping or eating patterns or raised your hormone levels). To understand how stress can affect your hair, you first need to understand how hair functions under normal circumstances. The average person has 120,000 – 150,000 strands of hair, 90 percent of which are in a growing phase at any given time. Each hair typically grows a half-inch for two to three years before transitioning into a resting stage that lasts for three to four months, after which the hair falls out. Significant stress can disrupt this normal pattern, sending a disproportionate number of hairs into the resting phase all at once. That’s why people often find that three to four months after an intensely stressful event, a large amount of hair suddenly falls out.
There are three types of hair loss that are often associated with high stress.
This type of hair loss—the same that happens following chemotherapy…(More)
Telogen effluvium occurs when a portion of your hair shifts from the anagen (growing) phase into the catagen (resting) phase...(More)
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The good news is that remission can usually be achieved as long as stressful events or stressors are avoided. Getting one’s stress under control with stress management techniques often puts an end to hair loss. However, don’t just assume that you’re losing hair because you’re stressed. It’s important to consult with a doctor to make sure that there’s not an underlying medical problem to blame.
How Can I Reduce Stress When I’m Dealing With Hair Loss?
Stress-related hair loss can increase stress levels even more, as you struggle to style your hair and hide your problem. HPIHair in Nashville, TN offers a variety of temporary options for enhancing and replacing your hair, from micro point additions/extensions to custom human hair wigs. If time is one of the things causing you stress, you’ll be happy to know we also offer synthetic wigs and enhancements that maintain their shape and style for hassle-free, stress-free wear.