Stress and Hair Loss

Stress…seems like everybody has it, to a certain level, whether it be from professional or personal demands. But, can stress actually contribute to hair loss? The short answer is “yes.”

Why Does This Happen?

Stress related hair loss that results from physical and emotional stressors is called telogen effluvium, when people experience large amounts of stress, hair follicles are forced into a resting period. As a result, the hair begins to shed, causing the appearance of thinning, which can be more prominent in certain areas of the scalp than others. The most important thing to remember during high stress periods is trying to manage your stress level, and not the hair loss associated with stress directly.

There Are a Number of Ways to Manage Your Stress, Including

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Regular Exercise
  • Adequate Sleep
  • Discussing Stress/Mental Health With Your Doctor

When Should I be Concerned?

The average person loses 50 to 100 hairs a day. This is completely normal, and compared with the total number of hairs on your head (about 150,000) however, shedding is considered a problem when it becomes excessive. If you notice more strands than usual coming out when you comb or wash your hair or if you see reduced thickness in one area or throughout your scalp, you should schedule a free consultation with Christoffels and we can begin to talk with you about treatment options. Handling your stress should be your most important goal. If you cannot seem to get your stress under control and your hair loss has picked up, Christoffels is here for you.

Source: Huffington Post