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Does stress cause hair loss?

Posted on 23rd May, 2019

When you are under stress, you may notice a lot of physical symptoms such as feeling anxious or exhausted, having trouble concentrating, and even getting sick with a headache. Along with these symptoms, stress can also cause temporary hair loss.

Telogen effluvium is the term used for hair loss that occurs temporarily as a result of too much stress or shock to your body. Hair loss is normal, but telogen effluvium results in excessive hair loss due to a disruption in the hair’s natural growth and rest cycle.

About 80 to 90 percent of hair follicles on the scalp are actively growing, with the other 10 to 20 percent in the resting phase. Many events can disrupt this balance and cause temporary hair loss, typically resulting in hair falling out in clumps when you brush, wash, or style your locks.

Telogen effluvium will resolve on its own once the stress comes under control and the body will get back to normal. Though you don’t need treatment, you should take better care of yourself to help your hair get back to its normal cycle.

What can you do in your daily life that helps to keep your stress levels under control and to protect yourself from the temporary hair loss:

– Start a regular exercise program or yoga class and learn relaxation techniques like meditation and deep breathing.
– Take time each day to listen to soothing music or to relax your mind and body.
– Become more involved with friends and family rather than staying alone because of stress.
– Eat a healthy diet that is rich in vegetables, fruits, and proteins to get plenty of nutrients. Take a vitamin and mineral supplement in case of any deficiency.
– Treat your hair gently, especially when styling and using heat appliances.

Keeping stress from reaching severe levels, nurturing your physical and mental health, and treating your mind and body well will be reflected in both your inner and outer beauty.

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