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Why stress leads to hair loss? And how to control it?

Why stress leads to hair loss? And how to control it?


How to control the situation when stress leads to hair loss?

Yes, stress and hair loss are co-related and sometimes stress play a role of real culprit in making you go bald. However, there is nothing to worry about as it is a temporary hair loss and once you are stress free, you might embrace your hair again. It is thought that people who have a constant fear about losing their hair may actually become a cause of their own hair loss, by placing themselves in so much stress that their hair may actually fall out.

The stress-related mechanism of hair loss is such that in stress, your body stops to function properly, your mind lose its alertness, your energy level drops down, poor blood circulation and pent-up tension over muscles tissues all collectively signalize your scalp to shed out more than normal hair and impede your hair growth as a result of inactivity of internal system. While stress can absolutely cause clumps of hair to fall out, stress sometimes actually plays tricks with the brain to make your hair appear or feel like more fell out than usual.
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All the more, many people start to feel stressed out because of their increasing hair loss. In a way, hair loss is their stress trigger, and they experience higher levels of stress because they are so anxious about losing their hair. Thus stress increases, hair loss triggers and vice-versa.

There are 3 kinds of hair loss that can be associated with high stress levels are:

  • Alopecia areata- Several factors are assumed to cause alopecia areata, possibly including severe stress. With intense stress, the body’s immune system starts to get weak, attacks the hair follicles and thus cause hair loss leading to alopecia areata.
  • Telogen effluvium- In telogen effluvium, considerable amount of stress and anxiety forces huge numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. Within a few weeks, affected hairs might shed suddenly when simply brushing or shampooing your hair.
  • Trichotillomania- Trichotillomania is an irresistible urge of the person itself to pull out hair from your head, eyebrows, eyelashes or other parts of your body. Hair pulling practice can be a way of handling anxious and negative feelings, such as distress, isolation, anger, tension, mental pressure, boredom, inferiority complex or frustration.

Stress associated hair loss do not have to be permanent. If you get successful in keeping your stress under control, your hair might grow back. If hair loss is indeed caused by stress or anxiety, hair will often grow back on its own. The major focal point of treatment should be on reducing and removing that stress.
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Tips to control hair loss caused by stress

  • Scrutinizing and minimizing the emotional, psychological, social and professional demands that are laid upon you, as well as expectations you make from others, can make you manage stress.
  • Yoga and meditation are a proven way to cut down on stress, increase blood flow to the scalp region, boost and rejuvenate hair follicles, thus arresting hair loss and promoting hair growth.
  • Getting a scalp massage or even full body massage relieves muscle tension, enhances blood flow throughout the body, strengthens muscles and helps diminish mental and emotional stress.
  • See your doctor. There are varieties of medications available which can trigger hair-loss, thereby making stress-associated hair loss even worse.
  • The most common medications to trigger hair loss include blood pressure tablets (beta-blockers) and blood thinners. Other medications that might affect hair conditions include lithium (for bi-polar disorder), anti-inflammatory drugs, methotrexate (for rheumatic conditions) and some non-steroidal. Check with your meds to switch to other medicine or alter dosage.
  • Avoid Staying away from low-calorie diets. Low-calorie diets usually deplete your body of certain healthy fats, vitamins, proteins and nutrients it requires to function healthily and sustain healthy hair growth.
  • Quick and sudden weight loss (as an outcome of adopting a low-calorie diet) can cause massive physical stress to the body, draining essential nutrients and energy of the body, which may accelerate hair loss.
  • Healthy and nutritional diet is of utmost importance as it supplies your body with all the fodder it requires to function properly. If you still desire to lose weight, you should move forward with nutritious and healthier diet chart and also exercising regularly.
  • Aim to shed weight slowly, instead of just rushing up using starvation strategy. An acceptable and safe weight loss goal must be 1-2 pounds a week to escape hair loss.
  • Have enough protein as hair is made mostly of protein, so having it enough in your diet is good for healthy hair. Lack of protein hampers other body functions that build up stress and obesity overtime thus affecting hair health.
  • Increase intake of B vitamins as they are not only necessary for healthy hair growth but also reduces the erratic anxiety conditions being built under its deficiency. So if you are not having sufficient of them as part of your diet, your hair becomes the victim. Eat starchy vegetables, lean meat, fish and non-citrus to cut back on hair loss.
  • Instead of blurting out anger vocally and tensing your brain, maintain a diary to express annoyance or resentment through writing. This will release nervous tension and relieve stress.

People start to suffer from hair loss even at an early age due to many stresses, hampered social life, non-working relationships, finances, work pressure, kids or family management etc. Because of the fears, you simply see more hair loss where it doesn’t exist. Have bit patience as the hair growth cycle takes time, and it can be some months before you see a significant improvement.

As shown by a study of hair loss in a mouse, when the loud noises caused stress in a mouse, it pushed the hair to go into catagen prematurely. Similarly, “Stress does impact the human hair follicle too, and it is assumed that the same transition occurs in human that what we see in the mouse.
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