• Hair loss and stress

    Hair loss and stress

    Male or female, the thought of hair loss isn’t something anyone looks forward too. However, in reality, we will all have to deal with hair loss at some point in our lives. Hair loss has many causes and sometimes it can be quite hard to determine what is causing your hair loss. Some causes of hair loss can be temporary and easily fixed.

    One common cause of hair loss is stress, so today we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about stress related hair loss.

    What causes hair loss?

    There are many different types of hair loss, and because of this, there are also many different causes of hair loss.

    Some of the most common causes of hair loss include male pattern baldness that is caused by hair follicles shrinking over time, leading to thinning hair. The hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can increase and this works to destroy the hair follicles. Over time the amount of DHT continues to increase and can completely destroy the hair follicle, causing the hair to stop growing.

    Other causes of hair loss can include trichotillomania, vitamin deficiency, traction alopecia and stress. Today we’re focusing on stress and how it causes hair loss.

    How does stress cause hair loss?

    Hair loss induced by stress is one of the most common causes of hair loss. Being under an excessive amount of stress for a long period of time, such as a death in the family, going through a divorce, moving house or even starting a new job can cause a lot of stress, as can physical stress to the body.

    Once your body has experienced stress it can cause abnormalities within the hair cycle, which can cause the hair to shed. This type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium.

    The stress pushes your hair follicles into the resting phase, which causes your hair growth phase to stop. The hair can then lie dormant for around three months before it begins to shed. If you notice your hair is thinning or excess hair fall a few months after a stressful event it could be related to stress.

    Is stress related hair loss permanent?

    The good news is, stress related hair loss is not a permanent form of hair loss. As said previously, the stress pushes your hair follicles into the resting stage and if the stress were to stop they growth phase would resume to normal.

    If your stress stops, around 3-6 months after your hair will resume its normal growth cycle and begin to produce hair again, which in time will result in your hair looking as it was before the stress.

    If you have any questions about hair loss please contact us today for a no obligation consultation. During your consultation, one of our hair loss experts will be able to examine your hair loss and discuss potential hair loss treatments that could help you.

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