Hair today and Hair tomorrow: Is Stress making you lose your Hair? (part 1)

In our fast-paced, modern world, stress has become an inevitable part of our lives. Whether it’s work-related pressure, financial concerns, relationship struggles, or health issues, stress can manifest in various ways, affecting both our mental and physical well-being. One surprising consequence of chronic stress that many people may not be aware of is hair loss. Stress can lead to hair loss, and in this blog post, we will explore the intricate connection between stress and the health of our hair.

Quick tutorial on Hair Growth:

Before delving into the relationship between stress and hair loss, let’s first understand how hair grows. Hair growth occurs in cycles: the anagen (growth) phase, the catagen (transition) phase, and the telogen (resting) phase. During the anagen phase, the hair actively grows, while the catagen phase signals a halt in growth. Finally, the telogen phase sees the hair shedding and being replaced by new hair.

The Stress-Hair Loss Connection:

Stress can disrupt the hair growth cycle, leading to hair loss. While everyday stressors are unlikely to cause significant hair loss, persistent or severe stress can trigger a condition known as telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium is a temporary form of hair loss characterized by an increased number of hairs entering the telogen (resting) phase and subsequently shedding. This condition usually becomes noticeable about three months after the triggering event.

How Stress Affects Hair Growth:

Several mechanisms explain how stress disrupts the hair growth cycle:

Hormonal Imbalance: Stress triggers the release of stress hormones like cortisol, which, in excess, can interfere with the normal functioning of other hormones. Hormonal imbalances can affect the hair growth cycle and lead to increased shedding.

Nutritional Deficiencies: When we are stressed, our bodies may prioritize resources towards coping with the stress, neglecting other functions like hair growth. This can result in a lack of essential nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, necessary for healthy hair follicles.

Blood Flow and Oxygenation: Stress can impact blood circulation, reducing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles. Inadequate blood flow weakens the follicles, making them more prone to shedding.

Managing Stress to Preserve Hair Health:

Managing Stress

Managing Stress to Preserve Hair Health:

The good news is that by managing stress effectively, it is possible to mitigate the impact of hair health. Here are a few strategies you can employ to try and encourage hair growth to return.

Stress Reduction Techniques: Incorporate stress reduction techniques into your daily routine, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or engaging in hobbies that promote relaxation.


Exercise Regularly: Physical activity releases endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones that can counteract the negative effects of stress. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.

Prioritize Self-Care: Take time for self-care activities that help you relax and rejuvenate. This could include reading, taking baths, listening to music, or spending quality time with loved ones.

Seek Support: If stress becomes overwhelming, don’t hesitate to seek support from friends, family, or professionals. Therapy or counseling can provide valuable tools to cope with stress effectively.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: Eat a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals that support hair health. Stay hydrated, get adequate sleep, and limit caffeine and alcohol consumption.

When to consider seeking help:

When to consider seeking help:

I did not appreciate how traumatic hair loss was until I started treating patients for it. I was deeply moved witnessing the impact hair loss can have on individuals. Fortunately, when stress is the culprit, there’s some uplifting news: hair restoration is incredibly responsive! In my next blog post, I’ll be diving into the exciting world of regenerative medicine tools like PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and other amazing medical modalities that can work wonders in restoring your hair.

While it’s impossible to eliminate stress entirely from our lives, recognizing its potential impact on hair health is crucial. By understanding the connection between stress and hair loss, we can take proactive steps to manage stress effectively and promote healthy hair growth. Remember, self-care and stress reduction techniques are not only beneficial for your mental well-being but can also help you maintain a luscious and vibrant head of hair.



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