How is stress related to hair loss.
This is a highly debatable question and in many instances, there is more than one answer. To fully grasp this topic, it is pivotal to know exactly how hair grows and what causes the loss in many. There are people who are sure that stress is related to their hair loss; but before jumping into any conclusions, it is critical to consider this information. The is no scientific evidence that conclusively states that stress is related to hair loss. However, many experts have argued that stress can indirectly cause the problem. This article demystifies how stress is related to hair loss.
The cycle of hair
A normal head will contain not less than 120,000 strands of hair. More than 80% of these hair strands will be actively growing each month for about three years. After this growth stage, the growing hair will go into a resting stage which can last up to four months. This resting hair will be pushed out by new hair and in the process, a person will shed some hair. It is perfectly normal to shed 100 strands of hair each day and in this respect, there is no cause for alarm. However, this flawless process can be interrupted by different factors. This interruption may cause more resting hair to shed and the growing period to lengthen. The result of this will be hair loss. Some will feel as though their hair is not growing fast enough. So, the big question becomes, can stress interrupt the hair cycle and lead to hair loss?
Experts in the field say that physiological stress can interfere with the normal hair cycle to cause hair loss. However, there is a big difference between physiological stress and emotional stress. Physiological stress is stress that affects your body physically and it could include changes in diet, lifestyle changes and even medical factors. This physiological stressors more specifically include going on or off birth control pills, losing weight, going on a very low calorie diet, low estrogen level, high fever, surgery, infections; among many others. Deficiencies in certain vitamins like vitamin D and vitamin A can also cause hair cycle interruption for hair loss.
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The relationship between emotional stress and physiological stress
Emotional stress can lead to physiological stress. This is perhaps the most notable connection between stress and hair loss. A good example is when you lose a job. Because of the resulting stress, you may change your eating habits and this may contribute in hair loss. Remember, a change in diet may interfere with the hair cycle. Death or any form of trauma may also cause you to lose sleep stressing you physiologically. This ultimately leads to hair loss. For women who have given birth, the need to lose weight may cause emotional stress and eventually physiological stress when a significant number of pounds are shed. This will again contribute to hair loss.
We all face stress every single day. Being stuck in traffic, losing your wallet and even worrying about your promotion in the office are all sources of stress. However, there is no evidence that links these daily stresses to direct hair loss. Some people believe that stress will cause hair loss and this plays out to a self fulfilling prophesy. There is no need to be paranoid. Knowing what can lead to hair loss as highlighted above will help you find your way around the problem. For example, avoid drastic and sudden diets. Always eat enough calories in a healthy manner. If you do not want hair loss that comes with hormonal changes, considering a different form of contraception may help.
Above all, do no be too quick to jump to conclusions. Most of the physiological causes of hair loss are temporary and the hair loss will not last. There is indeed an indirect link of stress to hair loss. However, it is important to seek medical help when you have a serious problem with hair loss. In addition, let a trained medical expert help you pinpoint the cause of your hair loss. Do not go around stressing yourself about losing hair to avoid even more stress on your body. There are medical and alternative interventions that will help those who have lost hair to remedy their problems effectively. I’ve discussed products for men and women here
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