When it comes to the topic of hair loss there are a lot of untamed myths floating around about what may be the cause. While hats, fever and a single family member are not likely causes of pattern baldness, your genes and severe stress are legitimate reasons your hairline is moving south.
That being said, a single bad day, no matter how stressful won’t result in hair loss, but extreme and continued stress can and will lead to extra hair on your pillow or running down the drain after every wash.
What Causes Hair Loss When You Are Stressed Out?
Your hair follicles live and die according to their own life cycle. There are hereditary factors that can affect how long or short these cycles may be in addition to stress causing changes in your hair life cycle.
When a person is under sustained amounts of stress, their body will revert to survival mode in an effort to keep your essential systems functioning properly. Hair may be socially essential, but your body doesn’t actually need it in order to survive, hence why it’s often on the chopping block when your body needs to prioritize resources. This process is called telogen effluvium and it alerts your hair follicles they need to start the rest portion of their life cycle. The rest cycle ends when those hairs fall out so you won’t see them go right away. Rather, a few months after they have entered their rest cycle you can expect them to come out when you brush your hair or when you shower.
Will It Come Back?
Once you are able to control your stress levels your hair will naturally start to re-grow within 4-6 months. If you are unable to manage your stress, your hair loss may very well become a permanent part of your life.
Other Causes of Hair Loss
Alopecia Areata is a disease of the autoimmune system that makes the body attack the hair follicles. Stress can increase the hair loss associated with this ailment.
Postpartum Alopecia is a temporary form of hair loss that occurs a few months after giving birth. In general, it’s not caused by stress, but rather due to the extreme change in hormones as the body re-adjusts to its post-pregnancy state.
How Do I Fix Stress Induced Hair Loss?
In order to reverse the effects of stress-induced hair loss, ideally you have to bring your stress levels down and keep them under control. This can be achieved through meditation, diet and exercise or even with the help of medication if your doctor feels that’s the best option for you.
When to Get Help from Us
After you have made a concerted effort to reduce your stress and live a healthier lifestyle, you should see your hair return to its normal thickness. If your hair continues to fall out, it may be a good idea to schedule an appointment with our office for a consultation. We are always here to help, so give The Hair Loss Recovery Program a call at (416) 439-4247 to find out more.