Telogen Effluvium: Stress Related Hair Loss
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-related Hair Loss Conditions
A few years back, the tabloids scrutinized pop singer Fergie’s hairline. At the time, she was preparing for her wedding to hunky Josh Duhamel, and her hair appeared to be thinning. Weddings are happy occasions, but they definitely work on a bride’s nerves. Experts note that stress can cause telogen effluvium, a condition that pushes an unusual number of hair follicles into the resting phase. That means instead of losing your regular hundred or so hairs each day, you may lose large clumps at one time. Gossips theorized that the pressure had wreaked havoc on Fergie’s hairline.
Stress may also be a factor in female hair loss as well as 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.
Solutions for Stress Related Hair Loss
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. Transitions Hair Centers can help men and women find both temporary and permanent solutions to hair loss. Wigs, toupees and weaves can all help hair-loss sufferers look great during their hair crisis. The staff experts 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.
Solutions for Hair Loss & Thinning Hair
Whether you live in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Salt Lake City, or anywhere in between, if you are experiencing the devastating effects of hair loss and would like to learn more about non-surgical hair replacement options available to you, we invite you to consider scheduling a free private, confidential consultation with an experienced hair loss professional near you.