STRESS & HAIR LOSS
"A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well."
We live in stressful times. How many of us go on vacation and are forced to keep up with emails just so that we don't show up to a mountain of messages when we return to work? Maybe it's that morning rush hour traffic that builds up the pressure inside you like a volcano. Or perhaps you put up with a co-worker that knows exactly what to say to get under your skin. It could be that you are one of the many women that deal with the stress of juggling kids, a career and a marriage, never knowing when and where to prioritize.
It is estimated that stress is responsible for over 60% of all physical and psychological illnesses and that figure is ever growing. Stress is the number one culprit for increased blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, skin disorders and much, much more. And all this anxiety can be attributed to the modern lifestyle we lead and is responsible in some way, shape, or form for the majority of the trips we make to the doctor.
One area that is not quite as obvious but just as impactful on our lives, is stress induced hair loss in women. It could be caused by a major life event such as an unexpected death of someone close to you. It can also be something more mundane - like the constant emotional challenge of dealing with raising a rebellious 14-year-old teenage girl. In any case, the result is the same as it relates to female hair loss causes. Hair begins to break, thin, and ultimately fall out.
There are many tried and true ways to reduce stress. Here are a few:
✓ Adopt a consistent exercise regimen
✓ Reduce your intake of caffeine, chocolate and energy drinks
✓ Squeeze a stress ball
✓ Taking soothing hot baths frequently
✓ Try at least once a day to get into a mindful, meditative state
✓ Adopt a pet
✓ Listen to soothing music
If you have had an experience with excessive hair shedding due to stress, there are many products to address the issue. Some formulas claim to reduce hair loss, but when you look at the fine print it is really about reducing breakage -- an old approach that has been around for decades. Other hair loss remedies claim to make the hair appear thicker by causing a swelling of the diameter of the hair shaft. Lastly, some try and make the claim of creating a "healthy environment" on the scalp for hair to thrive.
One innovative approach to stress related hair loss is now available in a brand-new product called INTACT. This Root Securing Complex works by increasing the force required to pull the hair from the head when it is most vulnerable - during at-home or in-salon washing, blow drying, and styling. This novel formula helps to protect the hair that you have by reducing mechanical trauma to the hair, keeping more hair on your head and less in the brush. To learn more about hair fall due to stress and INTACT root securing complex, check out intacthair.com.