Sometimes, everything seems stressful. All the everyday things like work, family and finances can cause a lot of mental strain. Add the “special” events life brings, such as illness, divorce, marriage and moving, and you are often under immense pressure. During a stressful time, you might think, “I’m going to pull my hair out!” And while you may not actually pluck your hair, stress can adversely affect hair growth. When life gets tough, your hair reacts, sometimes leaving you with thin, listless locks and noticeable bald spots.
Stress may also be a factor in alopecia areata, a condition that results from your immune system attacking your hair follicles. With alopecia, you may see bald spots instead of overall hair thinning.
And it’s true – stress can trigger you to literally pull your hair out. Trichotillomania causes a strong urge to pull out scalp and body hair. The act of pulling hair is a way to deal with uncomfortable feelings. While many people pull out a hair or two during the day, those with trichotillomania may do it constantly, creating large bald patches.
If you reduce your stress and give it some time, your hair will probably grow back. Of course, that process will take months. Fortunately, you do not have to suffer from public embarrassment while you wait for your follicles to recover. We can help men and women find both temporary and permanent solutions to hair loss. The staff here at Christoffels can also advise you on how to take care of your scalp and remaining hair to promote regrowth. Your hair loss does not have to be public knowledge when you find the right solution. Contact us today with any questions you might have!
Blog courtesy of Transitions Hair Loss Centers.