Stress and HAIR.

November 24, 2021 2 min read

... And how to not stress when you read an article about stress and hair.

It is safe to say that it has been a stressful time for all of us! So we thought we would address the sweating and shaking elephant in the room. STRESS!
First, let's look at stress and it's relationship with our body.

Stress and Our Body

It is well known that significant stress can have some detrimental effects on our bodies. Increased blood pressure, difficulty sleeping, impacting our relationships with others. And stress can also cause hair loss.

We know, we know. We don’t want to make you MORE stressed reading this. Take a breath and we’ll quickly cover some background information.

Stress can come in 2 forms: emotional and physical stress.

Physical Stress:

Physical stress comes from physically putting our bodies through more than what they are keen on tolerating. This might be from signing up for a long fun run after you’ve been on the couch for a month or putting yourself through some late night work without adequate sleep.

While some challenges are good because they allow our bodies to grow and become stronger, if we don’t give our body the necessary recovery and self care that it deserves, this is where the trouble lies.

You see, the body sees our hair as LOW priority. (We disagree but we are not going to try and fight this.) If we are constantly pushing our bodies too hard then our body will stop trying to produce more hair and focus on repairing the more important parts, like our muscles and our brain. After all, both hair and muscle are made of protein so if the body needs all the protein to repair our muscles then there isn’t anything left for our hair.

Emotional Stress:

This type of stress is understandably more common. We all deal with different levels of stress every day. It is a part of being human. While we are not running from tigers for our survival, getting up to give a presentation to our work colleagues is highly stressful! It is this prolonged stress over a period of time (weeks to months) that puts us in trouble.

When we are stressed a chemical called cortisol is released in our body. Research shows that cortisol is directly connected to the function of the hair follicle. When there are high levels of cortisol, the adrenal gland (triangular-shaped glands on our kidneys that regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure and our response to stress) can’t function properly. The adrenal gland also releases hormones that are important for hair growth so if these hormones aren’t being released, then our hair will not prosper.

You told me I wouldn't be stressed reading about stress!

This is normal. As humans, we will often self-diagnose whilst reading articles on the internet. Come on, we know! If you are concerned with hair shedding, it is important that you consult your healthcare professional who will provide you with advice related to your personal situation.

But have no fear! Check our our Self care Schedule - simple methods to reduce stress. Oh Yeah!



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