Stress can be a contributing factor to hair loss. When the body experiences stress, it triggers a response called the “fight or flight” response, which can cause changes in the body’s hormone levels, including an increase in cortisol, the body’s primary stress hormone. Elevated cortisol levels can disrupt the hair growth cycle and lead to increased shedding of hair.
Telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss that is commonly associated with stress. This condition occurs when hair follicles prematurely enter the resting phase of the hair growth cycle, resulting in increased hair shedding. Telogen effluvium can be triggered by a variety of stressors, including emotional stress, physical stress (such as surgery or illness), or changes in hormones (such as during pregnancy or menopause).
Stress-related hair loss is usually temporary and can often be reversed with time and stress reduction techniques. Some strategies that can help to manage stress and reduce the risk of hair loss include:
- Regular exercise: Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and promote overall health, including hair health.
- Relaxation techniques: Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can help to reduce stress levels.
- Get enough sleep: Getting adequate rest and sleep can help to reduce stress and promote hair health.
- Seek support: Talking to a therapist, friend, or family member about your stressors can help to reduce stress levels.
- Eat a healthy diet: A healthy diet that includes a variety of nutrient-dense foods can help to promote hair health and reduce the risk of hair loss.
If you are experiencing hair loss and believe that stress may be a contributing factor, it’s important to speak with a healthcare provider or a dermatologist to determine the underlying cause and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs.