ANXIETY, STRESS AND HAIR LOSS
Do you often feel stressed or have you recently had a significant stressful event in your life? Oftentimes, the root cause of excessive hair shedding is linked to stress and anxiety. Stress can take on many forms, including emotional and physical stress and even impact your health at the cellular level.
Don’t panic! Stress hair loss in women is common. Once you learn the cause of the stress and work towards resolving it, the negative mental and physical impacts can be reversed – including hair loss. As you work through managing your stress, INTACT can help you manage stress related hair loss.
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Acute Stress Hair Loss
A sudden, high stress incident can cause an influx of hair follicles to enter the telogen (shedding) phase. A major surgery, car accident, high fever, emotional trauma or even crash dieting are examples of triggers that may shock the system and cause excessive hair shedding.
Typically, acute stress hair loss will present itself about 2-3 months after the incident, but should grow back in 3-6 months once the issue is identified and addressed.
Chronic Stress, Anxiety and Hair Loss
Hair loss due to stress that is ongoing, aka chronic stress, will present excessive hair shedding that lasts longer than 6 months. Hair fall from chronic stress may be due to an underlying medical condition such as a thyroid issue, illness or consistently poor nutrition.
Anxiety hair loss is another form of hair loss due to chronic stress that is ongoing and impacts one’s mental state. Chronic stress related hair loss will cause general thinning of the hair all over the scalp. Once the stress or condition is under control, hair should start to grow back.
Hair Shedding or Hair Loss
What’s the Difference?
Due to the multitude of factors that may contribute to hair loss and the many kinds of hair loss conditions, it can be overwhelming to understand this complex issue. Even understanding the difference between hair shedding and hair loss can be difficult as this terminology is often used interchangeably. Let’s take a closer look at how they do indeed differ.
Normal hair shedding is considered 50-150 strands a day. At times, and due to certain life changes or practices, we may experience more hair fall. When the body sheds hair excessively, this is called Telogen Effluvium. Typically, this type of hair shedding is temporary and can be resolved once the cause is addressed. Hair will go back to its normal growth cycle in 6-9 months.
Hair Shedding Triggers
• Acute stress
• Sickness with high fever
• Giving birth
• Rapid weight loss / crash dieting
• Having an operation
Hair loss on the other hand is when hair stops growing. This type of hair loss is called Anagen Effluvium. Hereditary hair loss, auto-immune disorders and drugs, medical treatments or certain health disorders will trigger anagen effluvium. A dermatologist can help you determine if you have hair loss or excessive hair shedding and can put you on the right path to resolving your condition.
Hair Loss Triggers
• Genetic hair loss, called Female Pattern Hair Loss
• Immune disorders
• Permanent Traction Alopecia
• Trichotillomania – disorder where one pulls their own hair out
• Chemotherapy-induced alopecia