Hair is a big source of pride for many people (long, flowing locks are just so beautiful), but unfortunately, stress can cause many negative effects on our hair. If you find more strands of hair on your clothes or pillowcase, or find that it comes out more easily when you are brushing your hair, then you could be losing too much hair. If you are concerned about the link between stress and hair loss, read on to learn more about the types and what you can do to fight it.
Three Types of Hair Loss Associated with High Stress
- Telogen effluvium is one of the most common causes of temporary hair loss. Stress pushes hair follicles into a “resting phase” where they don’t produce new hair stands. Within a couple or few months, affected hairs fall out and eventually grow back within 6–9 months.
- Alopecia areata happens when your body’s immune system attacks your hair follicles, resulting in hair falling out. Depending on the person, the hair may thin or fall out in bald spots. It may grow back and fall out over time.
- Trichotillomania occurs when you have the urge to pull out the hair from your scalp, eyebrows, or other areas of your body. This type of hair loss is your body’s way of dealing with negative feelings such as frustration, stress, anxiety, tension, boredom, and loneliness.
Once you figure out which type of hair loss you suffer from, here are some ways to combat it.
- Getting regular exercise: taking a light daily walk, signing up for a dance class, or doing some yard work.
- Utilize relaxation techniques such as deep breathing/breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga/Pilates regularly
- Spend time with close family and friends and creating a strong support group.
- Eat healthy: balanced, nutritious diet of whole foods is necessary for the health of your body — and your hair. Some vitamins to look for in foods include Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and Vitamin E.
If things don’t improve or get worse, seek help from a medical professional, doctor or a therapist. If you suffer from a mental illness, a psychologist can prescribe medication and other treatment options. If is a physical issue, a doctor will prescribe prescription or other remedies to spark hair growth.