Most of us know that stress can affect our bodies in many ways including: interrupted sleep, lack of concentration, poor dietary choices and lack of libido… but were you aware of the negative effect stress can have on your hair? Shuna from Sussex Trichology explains more…
Understanding your stress hair loss
One of the key issues between anxiety and hair loss is stress and anxiety is, in many ways, long term and persistent stress. Although technically these are two separate conditions and long term stress on its own can lead to many of the same symptoms. The reality is that anyone dealing with anxiety is putting themselves under severe mental and physical stress.
The resulting stress hair loss patterns come in different forms and include:
Alopecia Areata – Sudden loss of hair in areas of the scalp.
Telogen Effluvium – This is a condition where more than the average hairs fall out and the growth phase is reduced.
Trichotillomania – Is a habitual condition caused by anxiety and stress. The sufferer pulls out their hair often without realizing it.
Do these stress hair loss symptoms and causes sound familiar?
An important issue to raise is that when we are stressed we tend not to look after ourselves very well. We may skip meals, or choose sugary, processed foods over healthy nutritious meals. And when we are not eating healthily our hair can become affected. Inadequate nutrition is a huge cause of hair loss in women. It can result in iron deficiency, vitamin imbalance and inadequate protein intake. Protein being a great source of food for the hair.
Being stressed can also affect our immune system making it more likely for us to pick up germs and illness. Like diet, general health is closely linked to hair health. If you were to catch the flu, a high temperature can often trigger hair loss approximately 3 months after. Stress can also exacerbate conditions such as seborrheic eczema, psoriasis and dandruff in those individuals that are already prone to them.
So is hair loss irreversible and can your stress hair loss grow back?
We all know that life will always throw up various stresses along the way, but it is how we deal and manage with them that really counts. Using mindfulness techniques and therapies such as acupuncture, yoga and meditation can allow us to manage our stress levels well. Eating a healthy balanced diet with added supplements where needed can provide a boost to our bodies to aid immune systems allowing us to feel great and leaving our hair looking fantastic!
Don’t suffer in silence because there is help out there. If this has struck a chord with you then please call on 01444 448082 or email [email protected]