Can hair loss be related to stress?
- Posted on: Aug 3 2020
Hair loss for both men and women can be a really embarrassing subject, especially in the beginning. There are many factors that can cause hair loss but one that affects so many, especially in today’s climate, is stress.
Stress-Related Hair Loss
The medical term for hair loss due to stress is Telogen Effluvium (TE). An extreme amount of stress or traumatic event can trigger this type of hair loss. Humans typically lose anywhere from 50-100 hairs per day but those experiencing extreme stress can lose closer to 100 hairs or more.
These past seven months of the new decade have been extremely stressful for many us and you may even be experiencing hair loss already. In most cases, hair loss that occurs from stress becomes noticeable approximately 3-5 months after that stressful event because of changes in the hair growth cycle. Those affected typically notice more fall out than normal and thinning hair.
Hair Growth Cycles
A normal hair growth starts off in the anagen phase (growth phase). The anagen phase is the longest part of the hair growth cycle lasting anywhere from 3-5 years. Once the anagen phase is complete, the hair transitions into the catagen phase (transition stage) signaling the end of the active growth of a hair, lasting 2-3 weeks. During this stage, the hair is cut off from its blood supply and from the cells producing new hair growth. The final stage is the telogen phase (resting phase). During this phase, hair follicles rest for approximately 3 months until new growth is pushed out. It is during the telogen phase where hair loss from stress can occur. Up to 70 percent of hair can prematurely enter this phase and begin to shed, resulting in TE.
Treatments for Stress-Related Hair Loss
Treatment options for stress-related hair loss typically involves topical and/or oral medications. The first step to manage TE is to get your stress and/or hormones under control, whether it is through meditation, acupressure or medication.
Getting your scalp and hair follicles healthy again is the next step. Nutrafol is an over-the-counter supplement that promotes overall hair health. This supplement has a strong list of ingredients such as super vitamin E, ashwagandha, saw palmetto, marine collagen, biotin, keratin and other antioxidants. Shampoos such as 82S hair loss shampoo is a 2-in1 shampoo and conditioners that strengthens news hair and existing hair follicles. Rogaine (Minoxidil) is another effective over-the-counter topical treatment that has been shown to promote hair growth.
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