The Link Between Stress and Hair Loss

Stressed out

The mind may have a powerful impact on the body, and when we are stressed it’s not uncommon for anxiety to impact us in all sorts of ways. Stress can affect our ability to sleep and think clearly, it might contribute to back pain and muscle tension, and in some cases, it may even be a contributing factor to hair loss in women and men.

Identifying stress and hair loss

It is important to be clear that not all hair loss is due to stress, and not everyone who experiences stress will suffer hair loss. As noted by the American Academy of Dermatology, some degree of hair loss is natural as we age, plus there are a number of hair loss disorders with varying causes. Many people with conditions such as alopecia areata (often signified by small, round patches of hair loss) and telogen effluvium (where there is an overall thinning), do maintain that the conditions developed after periods of severe or ongoing stress. We all lose hair every day but if you notice sudden patches or substantial thinning, the first step is to seek a professional medical option.

Alleviating stress

If you are suffering from stress, whether you are currently experiencing hair loss or not, then it is important to try and deal with it. This might involve making changes to your lifestyle (changing jobs, seeking financial advice or talking to a counsellor or psychologist). And there are a number of other options that may help, including:

Exercise – A healthy diet and regular exercise is good for the body and the mind.
Meditation – Many people attest that meditation is a useful tool to help alleviate stress and maintain a positive focus. Free meditation apps for smartphones are a good option.
Acupuncture – Some people swear by the positive effects acupuncture may have on reducing stress levels.
Social network – Good friends may make all the difference. It’s helpful to talk when stressed, and close friends or family may also help you see things from a different perspective. The old saying about laughter being the best medicine also holds sway, so try and fit in some purely social time.
Music – For some people, music may have a beneficial effect. Opt for slower paced tunes or even classical CD’s, find a quite space and breathe deeply.

For hair loss

Once you have sought medical advice, you may also wish to do something about your hair’s current appearance. Whether patches or hair thinning, women and men often find that any loss can impact on confidence and self-esteem (and may cause more stress!) The good news is that there are a number of options, including human hair Crown Extensions(some like to call them human hair toppers) and hair extensions in Sydney and around the country. If you want to improve the appearance of your hair, don’t hesitate to get in touch - for those who are not in Sydney we offer Skype or Facetime consultations.  Call today for more information:  Ph: 1300 427 778.