Stress can cause a lot of problems for your body, such as loss of sleep, headaches, irregular eating patterns and much more. If you didn’t know, now you know that stress is not a good thing to experience for a long period of time. The important question we are looking to answer is if stress can cause hair loss, since hair is the most important feature of the human body and identity. The answer is yes, but it is a questionable yes. Stress itself does not cause hair loss, but can cause the body to have other negative side affects, which will in turn cause hair loss over time. Let’s look at what exactly stress does to your body and how that can affect your hair:
- Stress will cause your skin to dry. If you have dry skin, that will in turn cause dandruff on your head, which will lead to itching and hair follicles becoming blocked. Combined with the scratching and blocked hair follicles, your will begin to lose hair over time. Luckily for you, this can be treated very easily. Drinking water and using products that can help moisturize your scalp will ensure you have hydrated skin and don’t lose hair. At Jorgo Salon, we are a fan of the Gentle Shampoo and Super Rich Conditioner by Bumble & Bumble. They can provide moisture for your hair and scalp and won’t leave the hair oily afterwards.
- Stress will cause you to lose sleep. Sleep is one of the most important, if not the most important, factors that contributes to not only hair, but overall health of your entire body and mind. Unfortunately , there are no products we can provide that will help you get a better sleep, nor should you be tempted to buy any products at a drug store to help you with a sleep because it will only cause you problems in other areas, but we can provide you with some best practices to ensure you get a better nights rest. Avoid bright lights at least 1 hour before you go to sleep. Bright lights from devices such as a smart phone, television and other devices bright objects in your vision will cause your body to lower its output of Melatonin, which is the hormone that allows your body to relax and prepare for sleep. With a low amount of Melatonin in your body, you will have trouble falling asleep and entering into 3rd and 4th stage sleep, which are the stages that allows the body and mind to repair itself. Get more quality sleep and you will see a different turn of events with your body and hair.
- Stress can cause you to go grey. If you are genetically prone to go gray, then stress will cause this process to happen at a much sooner age. During stress, you body produces less Melanin, which is the hormone responsible for your hair and skin color. Stress over a long period of time will cause you to go gray at a younger age, and again, that is only if you genetically bound to go gray later on. Consider increasing your intake of B vitamins, which help promote hair growth. There isn’t really much to go against the body’s natural process, so the best recommendation we can give on this specific bullet point is to tackle the source of your stress in the first place to keep your healthy hair color for as long as possible, or consider getting color to cover your grays every 5-8 weeks, depending on the growth rate of your hair.
- Stress causes hair to become thinner over time. It is natural for to have some hair loss, because strands die and get replaced by new strands, just like leaves on a tree. When stress is brought into the equation, it will cause your hair to shed quicker, but the new strands will only grow at their natural rate, resulting in your hair thinning. Good news is that if you address the source of the stress, then the hair will go back to its natural cycle of shedding and growing.
These are just some of the many more problems that will be addressed in the future, but we hope these tips will help fix something today if you are experiencing stress, which everyone feels at one point or another. Enjoy!