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Stress and Hair Loss: Is There a Connection?

Are you worried about hair loss? Have you noticed a change recently in the texture of your hair? Has it started to thin? It is normal to lose 50-100 hairs on a normal day, but if you are experiencing more significant hair loss, it could be stress that is the root cause. In this article, we’ll take a look at the effect stress and anxiety can have on your hair and show you how restoring balance to your life can also restore balance to your scalp.

How Can Stress Cause Hair Loss?

It has long been thought that hair loss can be caused by emotional anxiety and stress. If you have suffered a traumatic event or have undergone significant stress in the past few months, you might notice that you are losing more hair than normal. There will usually be a delay of 2-3 months between a stressful event and hair starting to fall out, and the good news is that the hair loss should only continue for as long as you are going through this difficult time in your life.

But what is the science between stress and hair loss? What makes the hair fall out? Well, when you are anxious or stressed, it is not uncommon for the body to go into fight or flight mode. This is when your body responds to a perceived threat by making extra hormones in preparation to fly or stay and fight. This dramatic change in hormone levels can have an impact on the growth patterns of your hair follicles.

What Can You Do to Solve the Problem?

If you believe your hair loss is being caused by your stress levels rather than an underlying medical problem, there are a few things you can do to solve the problem. You’ll need a little patience, but most stress-related hair loss problems resolve themselves within a few months.

Here are some tips for dealing with stress:

get lots of sleep (aim for between 7 and 8 hours a day)

drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet

exercise regularly

avoid too much caffeine or sugar

practice meditation, yoga and mindfulness

talk to somebody about your problems

give your body and mind time to recover from a traumatic experience

Most importantly, try not to panic. Anxiety and stress can seem like a never-ending pattern that can be further exacerbated by hair loss. By taking control, learning new coping mechanisms and looking after yourself, you should start to experience hair loss less and less.

Don’t let hair loss control your lifestyle. If you’re looking to restore your youthful appearance and outlook, Eldorado Hair has several hair replacement solutions. To schedule a free hair analysis call us at (410) 931-3399 or to contact us via email click here.

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