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May 2019

Are Stress and Hair Loss Related?

When you are under a great deal of stress or anxiety, do you feel the urge to pull your hair out figuratively? So why does it seem like when we are under pressure at work, home, or from our kids, that we notice hair falling out? Is the stress actually making it fall out? The answer may surprise you.

While we know that most forms of hair loss are passed on to us through our genes, stress, and anxiety are additional causes of hair loss. Not only do stress and anxiety play a role in hair loss, but they are linked to three conditions that can trigger you to lose hair.

Telogen Effluvium – Stress can push hair follicles into a resting phase so that they don’t produce new hair strands. Within a few months, affected hairs will start falling out suddenly when combing or washing.

Trichotillomania – This psychological condition is an irresistible urge to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows, or other areas of your body as a way dealing with stress, tension, loneliness, boredom, or frustration.

Alopecia Areata – In this condition, your body’s immune system attacks your hair follicles, causing hair loss.

Hair loss due to stress does not have to be permanent. If your hair loss is triggered by stress, managing your stress could be the key to regrowth. If through stress management, diet, and nutrients you don’t see improvements then it’s possible your hair loss isn’t stress related, and you could benefit from laser hair loss therapy. Contact Hans Wiemann to learn more about how laser hair loss therapy treatment can help you.