Right now, the stress is at an all-time high for many. The pandemic, money issues – they all add to our stress levels. And to be honest, some people already lead stressful lives so this just compounds it. But does hair loss go hand-in-hand? Here is a little about stress, hair loss, and what you need to know about how they work together.
What Causes Stress?
There are many causes, from emotional problems like grief to chronic illness – these all can trigger it. But other causes include worry. In fact, that is a primary culprit for being stressed out. And right now, there is plenty to worry over. Many people have loved ones who are sick or worry over COVID-19. Many times, people have lost their jobs or had a dip in income that is affecting their livelihood. These triggers lead to more stress, which can lead to hair loss.
The Hair Loss and Stress Relationship
Studies show that there are three types of hair loss related to stress. These include alopecia areata, trichotillomania, and telogen effluvium.
With this type of alopecia, the hair follicles are under attack from the body’s own immune system. While there are a few elements that cause alopecia areata, one factor is being stressed out.
With this hair loss, the person has an urge to pull out their hair. This includes the head, eyebrows, lashes, and other areas of the body. This type of behavior can relate to a variety of factors like frustration, boredom, and being extremely stressed out.
With telogen effluvium, extreme stress causes hair follicles into their resting phase – often in large quantities. Once you wash or brush your hair, it can fall out suddenly.
While we contribute some of these types of hair loss to other reasons, stress can be a factor.
Losing some hair is natural. But for extreme hair loss due to stress or any other reason, we offer a free confidential consultation with a trained Transitions professional hair loss specialist. To find a location near you click here.
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