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Stress and Hair Loss

Is stress causing my hair loss? Great question! We’ve investigated the complex relationship between stress and hair loss in this blog post, to help you discover if stress could be the cause.

What is stress?

In its simplest form, stress is our body’s response to pressures from a situation or life event. It can come in very different forms and can affect us in many ways, such as mental and physical stress.

When we encounter stress, our body starts to produce stress hormones which trigger a ‘flight’ or ‘fight’ response and activates our immune system. This response helps us to respond quickly to dangerous situations.

Unfortunately, there can be situations where the stress becomes too much to cope with, which can result in both mental and physical side effects.

How does stress cause hair loss?

Stress can lead to a medical condition called Telogen Effluvium, which causes temporary hair loss. After intense stress, a traumatic event or shock, hair can start to fall out in chunks and sometimes in handfuls from the top of the scalp.

Telogen Effluvium disturbs the hair follicle life cycle, which can prevent hair from growing.

Severe stress can also lead to Alopecia. The condition results in white blood cells attacking the root of the hair follicle, leading to accelerated hair loss.

In both cases, hair generally tends to grow back. But this purely depends on each individual case.

So, can stress cause hair loss?

Yes, severe stress can cause temporary hair loss in men, such as experiencing a life changing event or trauma. This increases your stress levels and your body’s ability to manage it, resulting in potential consequences such as hair loss.

What can I do to prevent this?

Coping with the stress you’ve been put under is the best way to prevent hair loss caused by stress. And minor changes in your everyday life can make a huge difference in how you manage stress if you’re struggling to cope and feel out of control. Some changes could be:

Exercise more:

  • As the endorphins your body releases will help you to feel calmer, more relaxed and happier.

Improve your diet:

  • As the more energy your body has, the better it is to fight off stress.

Speak out:

  • Whether it’s to a friend, a family member or medical professional, don’t bottle up your emotions and try to alleviate some of the stress you’re holding in.

Get 8 hours of sleep:

  • Try and get into a good sleeping pattern of 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night, to help battle both mental and physical stress.

Use light weight hair products:

  • If you’re feeling stressed and it’s putting your body under pressure, use products which will help to keep hair strong, and work with it rather than against it. All MR Jamie Stevens products use an ingredient called System-PPX, which helps to strengthen the scalp skin matrix promoting thicker, hydrated hair and enhances anchoring function of the hair follicle.

If you think stress is the reason for your hair loss, speak to a doctor or medical professional to seek additional advice on what steps you can take next to help.

Category(s): Science

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