Are you wondering, can stress cause hair loss? Stress and hair loss are certainly linked.
Stress hair loss
Although stress starts in the mind, its physical effects are undeniable. Well-known symptoms of stress include insomnia, headaches and chest pain. But, there’s a whole range of lesser known stress symptoms.
How does stress cause hair loss?
Stress upsets the natural balance of the body, reduces self-care and lowers the immune system. Unfortunately, as a ‘non-essential’ tissue hair is often one of the first things to suffer.
Stress can cause:
1. Excessive daily hair shedding
2. Alopecia – hair loss in areas or thinning
3. Hair pulling disorder
Stress related hair shedding
Stress causes hair follicles to switch from growth phase into shedding phase. Consequently, hair sheds during washing or brushing.
Stress and alopecia
Around 90% of alopecia cases are associated with ongoing stress or stressful life events. This type of alopecia is usually sudden and dramatic.
Conversely, age related hair thinning is more gradual but is accelerated by the stress hormone cortisol.
Stress and hair pulling When under extreme stress, anxiety or depression some people develop hair pulling disorder. This involves self-inflicted hair pulling as a means of stress relief or as an unconscious habit.
Reversing stress related hair loss
Reduce stress levels and hair will often grow back. Consequently, all good hair clinics usually include stress management in their treatment plans.
Ways to manage stress include:
- removing or reducing the cause of stress
- learning coping techniques
- changing mind-set to reduce the stress response
Hypnotherapy for stress
Personalised treatment for stress from a professional therapist is the best way to reduce stress related hair loss. Hypnotherapy can treat a wide range of stress-causing issues as well as stress itself. It’s effective because it addresses the root cause of the problem and can make powerful changes to your mindset.
Treatment for stress by Alix Needham
Take control of your stress today and see what it does for your hair. Alix Needham offers a wide range of hypnotherapy treatments online for your convenience. Get in touch to learn more or book a free initial consultation.
Hair Loss Treatment
You can also take advice from hair loss specialist if you are experiencing heavy hair loss. NAR LONDON in Harley Street offers non invasive treatments for hair loss and hair thinning. Get in touch to to find out more.