Hair Loss Due To Stress and Anxiety


Hair Loss, hair thinning and problems with hair growth occur when the growth cycle is disrupted. This can be triggered by conditions such as metabolic imbalance illness or improper nutrition.

Hair loss can be related to emotional stress or anxiety. There's usually about a 3-month delay between the stressful event or time period and your hair falling out. Unless there's another underlying medical reason for your hair loss and may recover once that period passes if there are no other causes for the hair loss.

During this time, more hairs on your head are in what's known as the 'resting stage'. Your hair follicles are still alive but just not active and it doesn't mean your hair will stop growing permanently. Your normal hair growth pattern should return back to normal a few months after your stress levels are back to normal.

Why can stress make your hair fall out:

When you're stressed or anxious, your body produces what's known as the 'fight or flight response'. This is when your body makes extra hormones to help it deal with any potential threat.

This change in your hormone levels can have an effect on different parts of your body including your scalp where they affect the growth patterns of the hair follicles.

Three main stress-related hair loss:

  • telogen effluvium - when more hair than usual stops growing across your scalp

  • alopecia areata - when you lose large amounts of hair in patches on your scalp

  • trichotillomania - when you pick and pull out hairs on your head or around your body without realising you're doing it

Will my hair grow back:

Hair loss due to stress is usually temporary. If your hair loss is due to stress or anxiety, there's a high chance that it will start to grow back once your stress levels are back to normal.

Best way to manage your hair loss would be to reduce your stress triggers as well as improving your general health and wellbeing. Your hair will grow back in a few months time, you just have to be patient.

Talk to your doctor if you're worried things aren't returning back to normal after you've tried dealing with stress on your own. They'll be able to give you some more advice and carry out further tests to diagnose your condition.

What can I do to disguise any hair loss:

There are many non-surgical options these days for anyone experiencing hair loss. From wigs to clip in's to hair integration systems. The method you decide on should be based on your hair and scalp condition and diagnostic from your doctor.

The hair integration system results are extremely natural and gives the wearer the feel of 'real hair' - a great alternative and more permanent solution to a wig.