The holiday season is a time – or at least it should be – of closeness, good will, random acts of kindness, and special gatherings of family and friends. For others, it’s a time of despair at worst, and added stress at best. Memories of loved ones gone forever, a recent break up, losing your job, and so many other factors can leave you feeling less than your best.
And if all that isn’t enough, added stress also can lead to hair loss. Let’s take a closer look at that phenomenon.
Stress and Hair
Stress is one of hair’s biggest enemies. As we react to react to physical or emotional stressors, our adrenal glands produce cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone”. When someone is in a constant state of stress, they may have elevated cortisol levels which can eventually lead to adrenal fatigue, among other health issues. Once fatigued, an adrenal gland doesn’t work as efficiently, resulting in increased DHT production which can have a direct effect on hair follicles and growth cycle.
Stress-Related Hair Loss
Those experiencing stress-related hair loss may not recognize the problem right away because excess hair shedding doesn’t present itself until three to six months after the stressful period occurs. However, with proper nutrition, regular exercise, and good care of hair and scalp, shedding should stabilize to normal levels and the hair growth cycle return to normal.
When individuals are in a constant state of stress, hair can continue to grow thinner or become dormant if not treated or if the source of stress isn’t properly addressed. Hair loss itself can be stressful, leading to a perpetual cycle that, if not broken, can lead to long term damage.
Holiday Stress or More?
On average, a person sheds 50 to 100 hairs a day. However, hormones, illness, medications, thyroid functions, increased or constant levels of stress, improper scalp and hair care, and more, can lead to excessive hair shedding. If you notice a sudden increase in the amount of hair you find on your comb, brush, or in the shower, consider consulting your physician to discuss causes and treatment options.
Or you can come straight to us – DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We understand the causes of hair loss and how to give you back what you’ve lost, regardless of the reason. To learn more, contact us today for a free initial consultation.