Recognising and minimising stress related hair loss

It is true that the most common cause of hair loss is androgenic alopecia. This is further compounded by the fact that it is unavoidable for a majority of men and women due to genetics. A cure has yet to be developed for this balding condition and there have been a variety of treatments that try to slow down its onset.


Alopecia areata is another type of hair loss that might be classified as difficult to evade. This is mainly due to the lack of understanding on how it comes about. It suddenly appears as round, bald patches randomly spread throughout the scalp with the ability to disappear just as quickly. Some guess that it is the result of stress though there is no conclusive evidence to support this claim. What is known however is that it is an autoimmune condition where the body mistakenly sends out white blood cells to attack its own hair follicles confusing it to be a foreign entity. A scalp micropigmentation treatment might also be appropriate if this condition progresses to a more severe case known as alopecia areata totalis or the loss of hair over the entire head.

Stress related hair loss could cause other balding conditions. It can be considered as self-inflicted because stress, though difficult to avoid can be managed. Self-awareness and having a good mental outlook can help in deterring its occurrence. It remains to be seen however how this could be done consistently as there are some instances where it is quite challenging to prevent.

Telogen effluvium is one such hair loss condition where stress plays a determining factor. It is caused by the rapid shift between the anagen and telogen hair growth cycles resulting in hair being shed in clumps. Traumatic life events are its known triggers. Examples of this are divorce, major surgery, accident, loss of a loved one and childbirth. The hair loss will manifest itself three months after the event though it can exhibit regrowth after an additional three months.

There are also stress related hair loss conditions caused by a poor diet or an unhealthy lifestyle. Hair follicles just like any of the cells in the body need proper nutrition for its maintenance and continued development. The lack of it will manifest itself through balding. This is because the hair follicles are among the last to receive sustenance. The body needs to provide nutrition to its more vital functions first before anything else. This can be remedied by eating healthy and exercising regularly.

Trichotillomania is another hair loss condition due to stress. This is more of an external circumstance because the person is actually pulling out hair in response to a negative mental state. The urge to do it is almost irresistible and the person is often times unaware of doing it. This may be due to depression, loneliness and even boredom. Tugging at the hairs on the different parts of body will lead to its loss if done for an extended period of time. Self-control is the best remedy available for a person undergoing trichotillomania.

The different types of stress related hair loss is on the rise. It may be due to the faster pace of life in today’s world with everyone trying to keep up with one another. There are so much stimuli vying for a person’s attention that it could be the reason why some people get so stressed. Advertisements constantly trying to program someone to do this or that can lead to a lot of confusion. Some people think they need to buy things that they do not really need with borrowed money that they have yet to earn. Sometimes, the best remedy is to disconnect for a while and relax.