Does working long hours lead to hair loss?

shutterstock 254736505Long work days are not only causing stress and tiredness, they are also leading to early signs of alopecia (hair loss).

In a new study, spending a minimum of 52 hours a week can trigger early stages of hair loss. The study included 13,391 males between the ages of 20 to 59. The men were divided into three groups and were studied for a total of four years.


During the study, they found out that stress was the main trigger to the men’s hair loss. Stress has been shown to be a link in hair loss in both men and women. Stress triggers have been shown to damage the hair follicles, forcing them to enter the catagen phase of the hair growth cycle. During the catagen phase in the hair growth cycle, it signals the end of the active growth of a hair. This process cuts the hair off from it’s blood supply and cells that produce new hair.

The ‘normal’ group worked a 40 hour work week and hair loss increased by two percent. The ‘long’ group of men worked up to 52 hours experienced a three percent increase and men who were in the ‘longer’ group working more than 53 hours, almost four percent.

Hair Restoration

If longer work weeks can’t be avoided and hair loss increases, you may want to consider hair restoration. We offer a variety of treatments including vitamins, prescription medications, non-invasive procedures and minimally invasive surgical procedures.

  • Nutrafol
  • Micro-scalp pigmentation
  • Oral and topical propecia
  • FUE hair transplant
  • FUT hair transplant

Male and female pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss. Stress is a trigger for both men and women when it comes to hair loss. Sometimes the hair loss from stress is temporary, but if you are someone who is prone to the hair loss genes it could be permanent.

To learn more about hair rejuvenation in Draper or Layton, Utah, please call or text our office at (801) 776-2220 or contact us HERE.


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