Stress and Hair Loss: Can Stress Make You Bald?

Is stress and hair loss related?

Is hair loss genetic?

If you are going bald or your hair is thinning, you probably want to know whether your hair loss due to stress and what can you do about it.

Your hair loss is probably causing you some worry and you want to know why.

Stress can cause you to pull your hair out!

But stress and hair loss related in a few other ways!

Here we discuss:

  • one of the most common ways that stress affects hair loss is through Telogen Effluvium
  • what you can do about stress and hair loss.

While hair loss may be due to heredity or other factors, hair loss due to stress is common.

Hair loss and stress

Stress and hair loss are related.

Stress and Hair Loss

Normally you lose about 100 hairs a day but when stress causes hair loss a large amount of your hair can go temporarily into resting phase and then fall out.

Called Telogen Effluvium, this is the most common way that hair loss due to stress occurs.

You hair grows in cycles.

In the active phase your hair grows for a few years. After this active growing phase your hair enters what is called a resting phase.

The resting phase lasts for about 3 months after which your hair falls out.

On average, normal hair loss is about 100 hairs a day.

This hair is then replaced in 6 months by a new hair.

Now you may wondering....If 100 hairs are falling out of my head each day then why don't I notice this?

Well this is because every strand on your head (there are about 100,000 of them) is at different points in the cycle.

The loss of a few hairs in the shower, or on your brush is usually not noticeable.

But when your body is under extreme stress, emotional or physical stress...this stress can cause hair loss.

Some common causes of stress such as divorce, job loss, a death in the family, and even pregnancy and childbirth can be a cause of hair loss.

When stressed, a large percentage of your hair can prematurely go into the resting phase.

Then three months later this hair falls out. This is called telogen effluvium.

This is why you may notice that after the stress has passed that you are experiencing hair loss!

Telogen effluvium is the most common type of stress-related hair loss.

Effects of Stress on Health

Hair loss from stress is relatively common. Stress hair loss can cause worry, but stress also affects health. Other ways stress affects health is:
Stress and high blood pressure
Stress and cholesterol
Stress weight gain
Stress and acne
Stress and intestinal gas
Stress headaches
Stress and cancer
Stress and heart disease


What can you do about stress and hair loss

stress and hair loss

There is often alot of stress and anxiety about hair loss.

But since stress can cause hair loss, it is important to not be too worried about it.

Telogen effluvium can also result from having a genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, pregnancy and childbirth, illness and other factors.

It is important that you visit a health professional to discuss your options.

When the excessive physical or emotional stress has been managed or subsided, these hairs can grow back in several months time.

If you think that stress is a cause of your hair loss then look to reduce the stress in your life and to develop strategies to effectively deal with stress.

Stress management techniques for hair loss due to stress

If your hair loss is due to stress then reducing your stress in the different areas of your life is important, not only for reducing hair loss but for general health.

Here are a number of stress management techniques you can use to reduce stress.

Relaxation techniques. Relaxation techniques can help you to short circuit the stress response.

When stressed your body prepares for fight or flight and releases a number of stress hormones into the body.

The direct opposite of this stress response is the relaxation response.

Relaxation techniques that activate the relaxation response counter the effects of stress.

These relaxation techniques help to reduce overall stress.

Exercise and stress. Exercise reduces stress in a number of ways.

Whether is is through releasing exercise muscle tension or using up the accumulated stress products.

Exercise relaxes the body and cleanses the mind.

Breathing exercises. Breathing exercises are possibly one of the easiest and most effective stress management techniques.

Able to be used quickly and just about anywhere, developing your breathing exercises for stress relief can give you a greater sense of control in managing stress.

Eat well for stress relief When stressed we can reach for the wrong foods.

This can further increase the stress cycle.

Making the right diet choices that improves your stress nutrition gives you a better ability to cope with stress.

I talk more about the impact of diet at stress nutrition and how vitamins and stress are connected.

If you are finding that your stress is overwhelming for you then it is important to also seek help and support from a stress management counselor, support group, or your local health professional.

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